By: Karina Valdes

The hard work put in by the students of UMTV paid off in a big way. The student-run station won six awards out of 10 nominations from NBS-AERho during the 56th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. Winners were announced during the 77th NBS-AERho: National Electronic Media Association National Convention, March 7-9. in Philadelphia.

“[The students] are receiving the national recognition that they deserve,” said Boriana Treadwell, lecturer and UMTV faculty adviser. “The students of UMTV are extremely hard-working, talented, and dedicated. They spend countless hours every week without receiving any school credit or any payment for their work producing various content for UMTV.”

The competition winners are:

Video Sports Segment: A Dangerous Edge. David Perez, Luis Gonzalez, and Gianna Sanchez

Video News Segment: Fighting for Change. Jihad Shatara and Isaiah Kim-Martinez

Video Feature Segment: Overcoming Heartbreak. David Perez

Video Documentary Program: Footprints. Rebekah Chung, Erika Orstad, Ben Ezzy, and Madi Brown

Video News Package: Red Tide Hits Both Coasts. Portia Baudisch

Video Newscast (live): 9-27-18 show. Tommy Fletcher, Justin Stevens, and Jenna Weiss.

“Our students put in a lot of time and effort, most often outside of class time, when it comes to producing these types of pieces. I worked with David Perez on the Dangerous Edge story for several months. It takes commitment, drive, and dedication to produce content that resonates throughout the community,” said Ed Julbe, senior lecturer and UMTV faculty adviser.

UMTV is the University of Miami’s award-winning, student-run OTT television station. Students working at UMTV produce a variety of programming and weekly and bi-weekly newscasts, a comedy sketch show, and a Spanish-language news show. Visit to view a complete list of programs.

The Undergraduate Student Electronic Media competition was founded by NBS-AERho in 1962 to recognize students excelling in radio and television production. The competition has evolved to include awards that recognize excellence along the spectrum of electronic media. Entries are judged by media professionals on technical quality, originality of ideas, and achievement of any stated category criteria.

“It’s especially rewarding when our students get national recognition from industry professionals for their work. We never go into a project thinking, ‘Oh, this is going to win an award,’ but it’s certainly nice when it does,” said Julbe.