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‘Good Morning Emerson’ Wins Five Telly Awards, EVVYs Nabs One

Good Morning Emerson’s coverage of the presidential election was among several episodes that recently netted five Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards are a national award and this year’s judging council included experts from Vimeo, NBC Digital, and Thrive Global.

“The Telly Awards are a nationally recognized award for projects and videos that may have a smaller budget and for the most part is shown in smaller markets,” said Diana Barton, manager of The Emerson Channel and Emerson Channel Sports, and advisor to the EVVY Awards. “The fact of the matter is that Emerson Channel shows and the EVVYs are well produced by some very talented Emerson students, and that’s why they win awards.”  

Good Morning Emerson won three silvers for Television General News or News Feature with its October 21, October 28, and election special episodes. GME also won a silver award for Television Political/Commentary for its election special, and a bronze in the Student Category.

“[The election special] episode was a completely different structure than what Good Morning Emerson was known for, but at the time we recognized how important it was to cover the topic in-depth,” said Lily Sexton ’22. “It was definitely more work for us but we’re really proud of the final product, and we’re so grateful to be receiving awards for it that recognize that work.”

Sexton, along with Danielle Fineza ’22 and Riley Walberg ’21, were the three producers of GME.

The 39TH Annual EVVY Awards won a silver Telly for Online Craft/Use of Graphics.

Prior to this year Emerson had won three Telly Awards, all bronze.

Producing GME this past year was greatly influenced by the pandemic, but that didn’t stop the students from creating award-winning episodes.

“When we first started producing Good Morning Emerson together last semester, we were coming back to school in the middle of the pandemic and we knew we would have to do a lot of restructuring,” said Sexton. “But with a lot of collaborative work and a really amazing crew we were able to start producing weekly episodes as soon as September. Even by the first episode we were able to really find our footing and put out work we were proud of.”

GME also recently won a National Student Production Award for a College Newscast for its October 21 episode.

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