Students Win Big at the Telly Awards!
By Hannah Werthan
Industry Accolades: MolloyLife Media Students Win Five Telly Awards
MolloyLife Media is a dedicated group of students who produce digital content throughout the academic year in support of Athletics, Student Life, and Marketing/Public Relations. This year, four of them were recognized for their video production skills with a total of five Telly Awards. The Telly Awards, now in its 39th year, recognizes and rewards smaller-market entities that create and distribute media on all platforms. This is the first year that MolloyLife Media has received more than one award.
Matthew Considine, a senior Communications major, received a gold and silver awards for his documentary on our women's volleyball team's fall 2017 season: a gold award and a silver award; the silver award was the first placement in a non-student category.
As a photo editor for MolloyLife, Matthew noticed that the volleyball team was doing well and wondered if there was a backstory to their successful season. "Most of the videos that we had been doing at MolloyLife were event-driven. I wanted to do something that was people-driven," he said.
Matthew credits Destinee Day and Frankie Oliver, Co-Coordinators of College Image Production and Creative Student Media at Molloy, for their support during this project and throughout his undergraduate career. "Destinee encouraged me to do on-the-fly interviews, which helped me understand the emotional state of the athletes, and advised me on pacing. Frankie helped with graphic elements, which brought the video to the next level," says Matthew.
Matthew also sought feedback from Jamie Cohen, professor and director of the New Media program, who has a TV production background. "Jamie's positive reaction to the rough cut assured me that I had something special." Jamie added, "Matt's piece had 'it' and I knew his talent would be rewarded."
Joseph Ostapuik, MolloyLife Media's graduate assistant, took home a bronze award (his second year in a row winning a Telly) for his video on Hurricane Maria relief efforts at Molloy last fall. He was inspired to shoot the short documentary after seeing how dedicated Molloy students, faculty, and staff were to the Puerto Rico relief efforts. Like Matthew, Joseph is appreciative of the support from the Molloy community. "VP for Student Affairs Janine Payton always accommodated our filming schedule. Destinee and Frankie were always there to give advice, and the freedom to undertake this project," says Joseph. Winning his second Telly was "an amazing honor."
Zach Yuzon, a 2017 Molloy graduate who now works as a video producer for PC Magazine, received a silver Telly award for his 2017 Athletics Highlights video. He had never been interested in video until he took Jamie Cohen's first-ever Video Storytelling for the Web class. "The evidence of how much I learned while being a part of MolloyLife is all on YouTube. When you look at my first few videos, you can see that I've come a long way. I had a strong desire to learn and Frankie and Destinee were there to give me the tools I needed to succeed," Zach says.
Grant Kuppelmeyer, '18, received a bronze award for his Molloy Lions Basketball Animation video to promote Maroon Madness, one of the biggest events on campus. Grant wanted to learn more about motion graphics, so he taught himself using resources provided by Destinee and Frankie. "Grant's self-taught skills won him a Telly and will be instrumental in his career success," says Destinee.
In addition to the five student-won Telly Awards, Destinee and Jamie received a bronze award for their promotional short about New Media's 2016 media archaeology project in Boyne Valley, Ireland. This honor comes as the New Media department is planning an interdisciplinary media archaeology course in Spring 2019 that includes a trip to Rome, Italy.
Destinee made it a goal for MolloyLife to win more awards in the 2017-18 academic year. Winning five Tellys defied expectations. "These awards add further credibility to our organization. I am happy that MolloyLife has evolved to a point where our students are able to see purpose in their work, not just the Telly award-winning work, but all of the quality content that they produce," she says.
In the past three years, MolloyLife students have earned seven Tellys.