Emma Meisenheimer, of Hartington, was recognized with a “Gold” award in the collegiate division of the 2019 Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) Pinnacle Awards contest during the association’s annual convention in LaVista earlier this month.
Meisenheimer, who graduated from Northeast in May, was recognized with the first place award in the radio public service announcement category for her PSA titled “Extinguish the Blaze.” The production focused on relief efforts related to the California “campfire” wildfire in November 2018. The fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history and cost more than $16 billion. The PSA was produced as an assignment for her Applied Radio Production class at Northeast.
Northeast competed against other two-and-four year NBA member colleges and universities from across the state in the contest.
Brian Anderson, media arts instructor, said it is quite an honor for his students and the Northeast Broadcasting program to be recognized by Nebraska’s broadcasting industry professionals.
“I am very proud of Emma, and all of our students who submitted entries for this contest. They continue to show a high level of passion, determination and work ethic for their chosen career path,” he said. “Awards like this are a true testament to the hard work they provide every day at Northeast. To jump into a contest pool with student entries from other four-year institutions, and win, is a big feather in the student’s cap.”
Anderson said earning recognition like this is not only a “huge honor,” but it also serves as a feature highlight on a student’s resume.
“Events like this are also a great opportunity for students and graduates to network with commercial radio and TV stations across the state,” he said.
The Northeast Broadcasting program has been an NBA member since 2013.
Meisenheimer also earned national honors in June, along with her fellow team members from Northeast, during the 55th National Leadership and Skills Conference, sponsored by SkillsUSA, in Louisville, KY. The conference attracted thousands of students and advisors from across the country. The Northeast broadcasting team took fifth place in the collegiate Broadcast News Production category.