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CSU students win national video competition

February 29, 2012
By Tony Phifer

A team of three CSU students won first place in the Short Form Video category in the annual Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts.

Karen Du, Emily Luft and Kyle Rasmussen’s video Awake beat out entries from around the country. The CSU team of Daniela Castillo, Jeff Colebank, Justin Switzer and Adam Walsh received honorable mention for their video, Level Up – A Film About Gamers and the Games They Play.

Each year the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts attracts more than 1,000 entries from students and faculty around the country. All winners will be recognized at an April 15 awards dinner in Las Vegas.

The videos were produced as part of a CSU documentary class. Most of the students have taken classes in television and reporting, and many have worked at CSU-TV.

Video explores caffeine addiction

Awake explores our society’s dependence on caffeine. Luft, an admitted caffeine “addict” thought it would be interesting to explore the topic through the eyes of college students.

“I have noticed that the college culture is built around caffeine,” she said. “Unlike our parents, we drink it in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening, so we thought it would make an interesting topic.

“The big thing for us was that we wanted to make the story interactive. That’s what really made the video.”

Students voluntarily give up caffeine

Du, Luft and Rasmussen used Facebook to recruit five CSU students to volunteer to give up caffeine for a month and document their journey. The students had varying degrees of success, with most admitting that they were addicted to caffeine.

CSU has strong history of success at in the BEA competition. In addition to several individual video awards, CSU-TV has won several honors for best newscast and KCSU-FM DJ’s named the nation’s best two of the past three years.