Hot Off the Presses:
MCN Sports Now Live Streaming on ESPN+
Mason Cable Network’s Sports Broadcasting Team produces over 100 live streams each year through a partnership with Mason Athletics. Students handle all aspects of the production, including writing scripts, doing play-by-play and color commentary, handling tech services and working the cameras.
ESPN+ began carrying Student Media broadcasts of select A-10 sports (men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and lacrosse) in the fall of 2018.
“Having these broadcasts published on ESPN really makes this feel professional,” said Natalie McCarthy, a senior sport management major. “You have a bigger incentive to make sure everything looks good and is done just right.”
And, of course, she added, “It looks really good on a résumé.”
28th Annual Communication Department Awards
Mason’s Department of Communication held their 28th annual undergraduate awards ceremony on Saturday, March 23rd in the JC Cinema and Student Media was very well represented. At least 14 of the outstanding students honored during the ceremony are currently involved in Student Media groups or have held leadership positions in past semesters. Special thanks to Kate Sweeney, Maria Carabelli, Tim Gibson, and Anne Nicotera for organizing the event and recognizing these students’ outstanding achievements!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Excellence in Journalism: Alex Shedd (Fourth Estate)
Excellence in Broadcast Journalism: Angelique Arintok (Mason Cable Network)
Excellence in Videography: Kera White (Mason Cable Network)
Multimedia Journalism: Dana Nickel (Fourth Estate)
Feature Writing: Lauren Sullivan (Fourth Estate)
Writing & Reporting: Natalie Heavren (Fourth Estate)
Society of Professional Journalists Leadership: Lauryn Cantrell
Journalism Student of the Year: Lauryn Cantrell (Society of Professional Journalists)
Kevin Athari Award: Natalie Heavren (Fourth Estate)
Dr. Bruce Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Monica Echols (Fourth Estate)
Chapter of the Year: Society of Professional Journalists
COMM Ambassador of the Year: Jimmy O’Hara (George Mason Review)
PRSSA Special Recognition: Sydney Cano (Society of Professional Journalists)
WGMU Announcer of the Year: Vivek Rangarajan
WGMU Broadcasters of the Year: Giselle Aparicio & Rhema Johnson
Excellence in Communication Awards: Angelique Arintok (Mason Cable Network), Lauryn Cantrell (Society of Professional Journalists), Lauren Sullivan (Fourth Estate), and Alexis Whitted (Mason Cable Network)
George Mason Turns 293
On Friday, December 7th, Student Media hosted Happy Birthday, George! in Patriot’s Lounge (SUB I) and welcomed over 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members to celebrate #293YearsofGeorge. The party included birthday cake and refreshments, music, games and activities, 20 amazing raffle prizes donated by local businesses, a giant birthday card, and special guests including the Mason Patriot, Nancy Mason, and George Mason himself!
This annual event provides a chance for the Mason community to honor our university namesake’s legacy and ideas, including the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights — one of the documents upon which the U.S. Constitution was based. George Mason is known to history as the Father of the Bill of Rights, and his contributions to democracy helped secure the five freedoms guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment. The very freedoms that George Mason fought for so passionately are critical to the work of Student Media today, including the freedom of speech and of the press.
Of George Mason’s vital contributions to democracy, fellow Virginian and founding father Thomas Jefferson had this to say: “The fact is unquestionable, that the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of Virginia, were drawn originally by George Mason, one of our greatest men, and of the first order of greatness.” (1825)
This year’s celebration was a great success, and Student Media would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our event. A big thank you to Student Media students and staff, Don McAndrews, Janis Harless, and the Mason Patriot.
Sponsors who donated prizes include: Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant, Room Escape Fairfax, Tyson’s Biergarten, CorePower Yoga, Brion’s Grille, Gunston Hall, EyeAmAmerican, Washington Capitals, McAlister’s Deli, Student Involvement, Mason Recreation, University Bookstore, and University Life.