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Merrill College Students Win AWMF Gracie, WHNPA Eyes of History, BEA Festival of Media Arts Awards

COLLEGE PARK – Several students from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism recently won broadcast and video awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, The White House News Photographers Association and the Broadcast Education Association.

Kimi Fleming ’22 won an AWMF Gracie Award in the television student category, Soft News Feature, for her ViewFinder story, “A horse from heaven.” The Gracies are national awards that recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media.

In the WHNPA’s 2022 Eyes of History contest, Morgan Pravato ’21 won the Award of Excellence as the runner-up in the Top Honors category for her portfolio of three Capital News Service ViewFinder stories.

Merrill students swept the General News or Feature: Natural Sound category with Fleming earning first place for "A horse from heaven."

Valeria Isabel Gonzalez Montero ’22 took second place with “A Special Connection: Horse and Rider,” and Dominick Acierno ’21 placed third with his ViewFinder story, “Community Growth.”

In the Sports category, Erin Burnett ’24 earned second place for “D1 Golfer Alex Burnett reflects on his golfing journey while practicing.”

In the BEA Festival of Media Arts, Acierno won a prestigious Best of Festival award in the Student Film and Video Competition for “Community Growth.” Acierno’s video won first place in the Instructional/Educational category.

Also in the Instructional/Educational category, Garrett Mogge ’21 placed third for “Plant Therapy.”

Michael Hernández ’22 won an Award of Excellence in the TV Anchor category for Spanish anchoring of CNS TV.

Nick McMillan ’21, Jenna Cohen ’22, Kelly Livingston ’21 and Maddy Peek ’23 won an Award of Excellence in the Student Documentary Competition for “White-owned newspapers fueled the 1919 Elaine massacre,” which was part of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s “Printing Hate” project.

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