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APSU Department of Communication wins OVC Digital Network Program of Excellence

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University communication instructor, knew his department’s sports broadcasting program was becoming one of the best in the region, and earlier this month, officials with the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) agreed with him. On June 2, the OVC’s Digital Network announced its Program of Excellence awards, with APSU earning four of the program’s seven awards, including Overall Award of Excellence in campus production.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Barry Gresham, Austin Peay State University communication instructor, knew his department’s sports broadcasting program was becoming one of the best in the region, and earlier this month, officials with the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) agreed with him. On June 2, the OVC’s Digital Network announced its Program of Excellence awards, with APSU earning four of the program’s seven awards, including Overall Award of Excellence in campus production.

“Our sports broadcasting program is growing, and this is a great honor to receive from the Ohio Valley Conference,” Gresham said.  “Over 70 communication majors worked on our productions during the 2015-16 academic year, and I am thrilled that they are being recognized for their outstanding work.”

The awards were presented to Gresham and David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator. The APSU sports broadcasting program also received an Excellence in Clarity of Production award, an Excellence in Features award and a Professionalism in Announcing award.

“The Conference Office is extremely excited to have the opportunity to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into the content being streamed on the OVC Digital Network throughout the year,” Brian Pulley, OVC Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs, said. “Our students and administrators put in countless hours to bring the very best coverage to fans each week. We hope this program of excellence continues to grow and create a healthy sense of competition among our member institutions going forward.”
 


The OVC Digital Network launched in August 2012 and is the exclusive home for live web streamed athletic contests and ancillary programming involving OVC schools. In the last four years, the network has broadcast more than 2,000 events to fans across the world, with more than one million total views. 


The APSU Department of Communication has more than 500 undergraduate Communication Arts majors enrolled in programs such as broadcast media, corporate communication, information specialist, Internet technology, media technology, print and web journalism, public relations, and sports broadcasting. The department also offers a master's degree in Communication Arts, with concentrations in either corporate communication or media management.

For more information on the department and the sports broadcasting program, visit www.apsu.edu/communication.

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 Photo cutline: David Ellison, APSU video production coordinator, and Barry Gresham, APSU communication instructor, display the OVC awards the APSU Department of Communication’s Sports Broadcasting Program received earlier this month. (Photo by Lakyn Jarman/APSU)