PITTSBURGH– Broadcast communications faculty Brad Weaver was awarded “Best in Show” in the faculty division of the Creative Works Competition at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On-Location 2017 Super-Regional Conference at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. BEA “is a premiere international academic media organization [that drives] insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.”
Weaver received “Best in Show” for his entry The Giving Tree- Feature Reporting. The news feature followed a first-year Westminster student’s visit with Dr. Clarence Harms, retired professor of biology emeritus, at the field station to search for the tree she planted on Earth Day when she was in first grade.
Weaver says he can use his winning feature story in his classes to demonstrate best practices of the reporting process.
“Peer-review and recognition on a national [level] informs my teaching and my efforts as digital journalist and a digital media instructor at Westminster,” said Weaver. “The judges were impressed and wanted to know more about our program.”
While at the conference, Weaver presented on the Tweetspeak Cluster he taught with Dr. Kerri Duerr, associate professor of biology, where students engaged in a service learning situated around a project-based learning assignment. He sat on a four-person panel to discuss comparing and contrasting service learning, project-based learning and community-engaged scholarship. He also attended different workshops, video screenings, and accepted an award on behalf of his students who won the Student Award of Excellence in the student video competition.
“The BEA On-Location Super Regional Conference allowed me to connect, and share experience and scholarship, with my peers from across the country,” added Weaver.