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It’s award season for college television stations, and BU’s own BUTV10 is racking them up.
The station’s current events show On That Point won a bronze Telly award for coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis and a silver Telly award (BUTV10’s first) for the season finale of Paper Trail, a drama about a group of students lured to the academic black market. To date, BU has won 12 Tellys.
The Telly Awards, first presented in 1979, are the premier accolades honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online film and video, created by media agencies, productions houses, and college students. This year, more than 13,000 entries from 50 states and 5 continents were received.
At the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Boston/New England chapter Emmy Awards ceremony, Paper Trail won in best College/University-Long Form—Fiction. On That Point won in the category of College/University-Long Form—Nonfiction. At the national Emmy Foundation’s awards ceremony, known as the College Television Awards, Paper Trail’s second season also won second place in the category of scripted series.
The College Television Awards, started in 1978, are designed to emulate the Emmy judging process, and all entries are reviewed by active National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members. Each entry goes through three rounds of judging. Winners are invited to attend a Nominee Summit at the television academy, where they have networking opportunities and attend development workshops.
“We’re so proud of all the shows that won,” says BUTV10 station manager Caroline Rickert (COM’18). “All of the awards reflect how hard the students work and how much effort they put into this station.” She says the student-produced and -managed station, which started in 1989, regularly sees its members working 20-hour weeks.
Rickert, who became general manager in May, got her start at the station as a freshman, working with Paper Trail. “I give tours for COM and I tell people that BUTV10 is a great way to get involved right away, and combined with what you learn in the classroom is a great way to enhance your education,” she says. “The executive producers and hosts act as mentors to the underclassmen, who then go on to join other BUTV10 shows or start their own. It’s a great experience for all of the students to learn from the best that we have.”
To catch up on BUTV10 programming, turn to campus channel 10 or live stream on-demand at BUTV10.com.