Journalism student earns college production award with report from London Olympics

A senior journalism major kicked off the last year of her Temple career by winning a student production award from the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television and Sciences.

Isabel Garcia poses with her award on the night of the Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards.

Isabel Garcia poses with her award on the night of the Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards.

Isabel Garcia emerged from the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmys Sept. 7, at which the collegiate prizes are presented, with an award for general assignment reporting in the College/University News category.

Her piece on sustainability efforts in London during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games beat out another story she did on London’s Olympic Park and an entry from a Penn State student on the sentencing of Jerry Sandusky.

Garcia’s story was part of last summer’s Temple @ the London Olympics on TUTV-Temple University Television, a special series in which five Temple students and Bill Mooney, assistant professor of media studies and production, traveled across the Atlantic to report on the impact of one of the world’s biggest events on the city of London.

Garcia interviewed an architect responsible for the design of Olympic venues and how they would be reused after the Olympic flame was extinguished. She knew right away that this was one of the better packages she had ever put together, which stemmed from her deep interest in the topic.

“I became very involved with the story,” Garcia said. “I think that it helps if you have a passion and, as Kal Rudman would say, a fire in your belly.”

Paul Gluck is associate professor of media studies and production and general manager of TUTV.

“Isabel’s story typifies the mission and mindset of TUTV’s special series Temple @ The London Olympics. We wanted our viewers to understand that the summer games would have a lasting impact on the UK, long after the competition ended and the athletes went home,” he said “Isabel helped our viewers understand how urban planners would be able to capitalize on a global event to make life better for the people of London. We are incredibly proud of Isabel’s work and her award.”

Watch Garcia’s report:

Several other School of Media and Communication students and faculty members earned nominations in the College/University Production categories this year:

  • College/University Newscast:

Temple Update, show 7, fall 2012—Isabel Garcia, volunteer coordinator; Karina Cheung, executive producer; Kaitryn Wetzel, executive producer; Megan McNerney, anchor; Marchelle Roberts, anchor; Ankit Patel, director; and Professor Peter Jaroff, faculty executive producer.

  • College/University Long Form Fiction:

One of the Guys: Jennifer Parmer, producer/director of photography/editor; Michael Busza, director/writer/producer; Jaime Sweet, producer. (Assistant Professor Kristine Weatherston was the faculty adviser.)

  • College/University Long Form Non-Fiction:

Crossroads episode 4: Stephanie Klock, producer; Assistant Professor Francesca Viola, adviser.

  • College/University Sports:

The NCAA Experience, Behind the Scenes with a True Student Athlete: Kevin Otte, editor; Tanya Hubbard, reporter. (Assistant Professor Matt Fine was the faculty adviser.)


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