The University of Miami received two honors from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter: a win for UMTV and the opportunity to host the inaugural Suncoast Student Production Awards. UMTV’s SportsDesk, produced by Amanda Fuentes, Valerie Ferrante, and Luis Gonzalez, and advised by Ed Julbe, senior lecturer, won the Student Production Award in the Sports Program category.

The Suncoast Student Production Awards were held on April 27 at the University of Miami School of Communication. The competition was open to students from Florida, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico. UMTV was nominated in four categories; Best Newscast for NewsVision; News: General Assignment- Serious News for Parkland Survivors; and two nominations in the Sports Program category for SportsDesk.

“It’s been a fantastic year for UMTV. We were nominated for four national awards out of more than 600 entries for best newscast for NewsVision and best sports show for SportsDesk, and SportsDesk won that award for the first time ever,” Boriana Treadwell, lecturer and adviser to UMTV. “I cannot be prouder of the hard-working students who produce a variety of quality stories and shows, and work tirelessly to make UMTV a truly remarkable student TV station.”

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to excellence in television. The Student Production Awards honors those in video production and outstanding performances by high school and university students.