Mass Communication Students Bring Home NRB Awards

North Greenville University’s award-winning mass communication students brought home seven awards from this year’s annual National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) International Christian Media Convention and Exposition held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN February 22-25.

According to NRB’s website, the annual NRB International Christian Media Convention and Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assisting those in the field of Christian communications. It is the best place to network with Christian communications leaders, to promote a program, and to obtain serious industry training.

The media awards program that is presented at the convention is designed to encourage excellence in production service to the community, faithfulness to the mission, commitment to the Gospel and personal integrity. NRB honors and celebrates outstanding facilities, ministries, programs, and producers to inspire others to raise their standards and create more compelling, relevant, and challenging Christian programming. 

In addition to providing 20 student volunteers for the convention, NGU had several students to bring home recognitions.

Twenty-three students participated in the 36-hour challenges in the areas of digital news and audio. In these challenge competitions, students attending the convention are faced with the challenge of producing an original NRB news report or unique audio production within a 36-hour time frame. Students work in teams and are free to select their own style and genre of news story and audio production.

NGU students Rashad Simmons from Riverdale, GA, James Smith from Simpsonville, and Matthew Lee from Spartanburg took home third place honors in the 35-Digital News Challenge. Patrick Ford from Williamston, Johnson Greene from Greenville, and Samantha McSwain from Tigerville achieved second place honors in the 36-Digital Audio Challenge.

In the Radio/Audio - Feature/Radio Drama category, Chelsea Bailey from McAdenville, NC and Samantha McSwain from Tigerville won first place for their North Greenville University Chapel Documentary and Elizabeth Pirkle from Salem and Seanna Walker from Anderson took second place for their NGU Twitter entry.

In addition, Travelers Rest native Mason Bayne’s short-film The Gambler won third place in the short film category, Steven Goransky from Taylors took home third place honors for his Time Waits for No Man music video, and Chelsea Bailey from McAdenville, NC won third place for her North Greenville’s Vision 48 News Team A submission in the studio production category.