Student journalists at campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University won an award in the Broadcast Education Association’s national 2017 Festival of Media Arts competition.
Sean Bates, Jessica Ma, Jordan Laird, John Napolitano, Mark Mausner, Lourdes Carballo, Sam Bussell and Jenna Weigard placed second in the radio newscast category for their coverage of Hurricane Matthew on the Oct. 6, 2016 broadcast of Newsline, the station’s evening news show.
This is the third year in a row that WRHU has been recognized at the Festival of Media Arts competition. Winners were chosen from among 1,450 entries from 175 colleges and universities, in eight categories including audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports, two-year/small colleges and video. The Broadcast Education Association is a leading international academic media organization.
WRHU is Hofstra’s award-winning student-run radio station, with studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. It was named non-commercial radio station of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in 2014, and was ranked the best college radio station in the nation by the Princeton Review for 2015 and 2016. WRHU’s student reporters have won honors from the New York State Associated Press Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the Society of Professional Journalists, and New York Women in Communications, among others.
WRHU has also been the flagship station of the NHL’s New York Islanders since 2010, and is the first and only college radio station to have an exclusive broadcasting agreement with a professional major-league sports team. In 2016, WRHU was named the flagship station of the Brooklyn Nets’ new NBA Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, producing and broadcasting its home games at Barclays Center.