FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2007
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Lisa L. Rollins, 615-898-2947
MTSU STAFF MEMBERS GARNER BRONZE IN 2007 TELLY AWARDS
(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.)—“Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail,” an informational video in digital-video disc (DVD) format that was produced in a collaborative effort between MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation and the university’s Audio/Visual Services, garnered a Bronze Award at the 28th Annual Telly Awards.
According to its Web site (www.tellyawards.com), “The Telly Awards seek to honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.”
The winning video, which was entered in the contest’s “TV Programs, Segment or Promotional Pieces—Education” category, was produced by Caneta Hankins, assistant director of the CHP; Patrick Jackson, assistant director for programming for A/V Services; and Connie Schmidt, director of MTSU’s Instructional Technology Support Center (ITSC). The video was directed and edited by Jackson, with additional editing by Ty Whitaker, video production assistant.
Hankins and Jackson scripted the video, with consultation from Michael T. Gavin, preservation specialist with the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area, and Carroll Van West, CHP director. Frank Forgette, A/V Services director, and Jeffrey Nokes, assistant director of engineering, provided engineering support for the DVD, which is one component of the multi-county Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail project.
According to a release issued by the Telly Awards staff, the 2007 contest attracted more than 13,000 entries, a record-breaking pool.
“This is the second Telly that our department has won, and this time—just like before—it was a thrill and truly a team effort,” Jackson said. “Many people’s creative energies went into this project, and it’s rewarding to be recognized on such a distinguished level in a competition that draws thousands of quality entries.”
Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards’ mission is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting and supporting creativity, per its Web site. Each year, silver and bronze statuettes are presented to Telly winners in recognition of the winner’s creative excellence. The statuettes weigh 4 ½ pounds each and were designed by the same firm that makes the Oscar and the Emmy trophies.
ATTENTION, MEDIA: For more information about the Iron Furnace Trail, please contact Hankins at the CHP directly at 615-898-2947. To interview this year’s MTSU Telly winners, please contact Lisa L. Rollins in the Office of News and Public Affairs at MTSU at email@example.com or by calling 615-898-2919.