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Red Hawk Sports Network Students Nominated for Two National Media Awards

Posted in: School of Communication and Media News

Two students and two professors standing in a row with the Montclair State football coach.
From left to right, Professor Stacy Gitlin, student Gianna Daginis, Professor Steve McCarthy, former Head Football Coach Rick Giancola and student Jason Naccarella take a break from prep for the students' trip to cover Sam Mills' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The documentary the students made from this trip has been nominated for an SVG College Sports Media Award.

Red Hawk Sports Network (RHSN) students in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University are finalists for two Sports Video Group (SVG) awards in the Outstanding Series and Special Feature categories. Out of the other 155 nominations across 22 collegiate categories, Montclair State is the only program without a NCAA Division 1 sport and is finalist against schools such as Duke, Alabama, Texas A&M, Clemson and Kentucky.

RHSN students are finalists for the “Inside The Nest” show in the Outstanding Program Series (Student Collegiate) category, as well as Outstanding Special Feature (Student Collegiate) for “Teammates,” The story of Sam Mills HOF Induction. “Inside The Nest” is a weekly magazine-style show that covers 18 varsity sports as well as feature stories on players, coaches and issues important to the athletics program. The show is produced by students in the RHSN Class with contributions from RHSN Interns and club members.

The Sam Mills film was created by a team of students who traveled to Ohio last summer to document the reaction of former teammates, family, friends, and the football world when the former Montclair State star linebacker was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Under the guidance of Professors Stacy Gitlin and Steve McCarthy who accompanied them on the trip, students Teni Bello, Matt Bruchez, Gianna Daginis, Jason Naccarella and Matt Orth covered events ranging from a Fashion Show, to a private BBQ for the Mills family, to the Class of 2022 Enshrinement ceremony.

“We are proud of our Red Hawk Sports Network students for their incredible storytelling efforts surrounding our amazing current and former Montclair State athletes,” said Gitlin, who is a professor in the School of Communication and Media and the coordinating producer for the Red Hawk Sports Network. “We are grateful for the Sports Video Group and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recognizing the quality of our students’ work.”

SVG, in partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), will host the 15th annual SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA on May 31 in Atlanta. According to Tom Buffolano, chairman of the SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA, this was a record year for entries and number of schools submitting for the awards, surpassing by more than 30% the pre-pandemic levels. This is the first time Montclair State received a nomination. The full list of categories and nominees can be found here.

About the Red Hawk Sports Network: The Red Hawk Sports Network launched in the Fall of 2019 and is a joint venture between the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media. The network covers all 18 varsity athletic teams at Montclair State, with live streams of all home contests on YouTube and select games on the University’s streaming channel Hawk+, with a color and play-by-play commentator calling the games.

About the School of Communication and Media: Founded in 2012, the School of Communication and Media offers a range of dynamic programs in communication and media to a talented and diverse student population of over 1,700. Offering degrees in film and television, social media and public relations, advertising, journalism and digital media, sports communication, communication and media studies, animation and visual effects, and an MA in public and organizational relations, the School prepares the next generation of communication and media practitioners and leaders. The School houses award-winning student programs that include WMSC RadioThe Montclarion newspaper, Hawk Communications Agency, the Red Hawk Sports NetworkHawk+ OTT streaming platform, and News Lab, as well as the Center for Cooperative Media, which serves the public by working to grow and strengthen local journalism. Student projects and programs have recently received national recognition from PRSSA’s Bateman Competition, an Edward R Murrow Award, several Marconi Award nominations, and a College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Story by Keith Green

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