Jake Edmonds and Jason Ludlow recently brought home two awards from the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts for excellence in television sports reporting.
Edmonds won honorable mention in TV Sports Talent (Anchor/Host). He attributes his success to a number of faculty members such as Chad Curtis, Robert Walz, and Dale Green.
“I had really great mentors throughout my time at BYU,” Edmonds said. “There really isn’t one person I can say was my greatest mentor, but a handful of people.”
While serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Edmonds decided he wanted to make a career of his passion for sports.
“I was planning on being an accountant, but the thought of doing the same thing every single day out of a cubicle wasn’t appealing to me. Sports broadcasting allows me to work in a field that I love,” he said.
Jason Ludlow and the CoogTube staff were awarded for the Student Sports Competition under the “TV Sports / Story / Feature” category, and took second place nationwide.
Hard work was the main component that brought home the award, according to Ludlow.
“Our crew prided itself on going the extra mile to create an entertaining and unique show,” he said. “We’d go and shoot our own footage of any sporting event on BYU’s campus — from football, to volleyball, to tennis, to even intramurals — to have unique coverage of everything going on. It allowed us to cover BYU sports in a way nobody else could.”
“The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Last year the Festival received over 1250 total entries in 15 competitions. Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia,” according to the BEA website.