CSU Media Festival Awards Summary
Journalism | November 01, 2013
A Pulitzer Prize-winner turned novelist; Peabody Award winners who investigated Colorado wildfires; a Van Gogh Documentary Film winner who later became mired in swamp culture; an advertising executive on an international mission to save lives; and a university president who turns email into public relations art: these are the winners of the CSU Media Festival’s Double Whammy Cammy awards for 2013.
The Double Whammy Cammy (DWC) is the top award recognizing the impact of media produced by Colorado State University alumni, staff, and students. It’s the latest iteration of the Cammy Award, introduced in 2008 during CSU’s first media festival. The festival is now a biennial event, and most entries are from alumni.
“Before each festival we introduce a flamboyant new Cammy to honor the best of the best,” said festival co-director Joe Champ, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.
“This was our fourth competition, and Double Whammy Cammy is the fourth generation of Cammy. We know that our winners like to have fun while celebrating their accomplishments and CSU connections,” Champ emphasized, “but we do not take these awards lightly. In fact, the work we see is more often than not over the top in quality and impact. Alumni, especially, are very proud of their CSU connections, and they only submit media that represents their very best work.”
Entries almost doubled in the festival’s fourth year, with well over 200 submissions. The festival committee accepts any form of media, including television commercials, documentaries, public relations and advertising campaigns, novels, and websites, to name a few. Entrants must play a major role in creating the entry.
“While reviewing the entries this year, the committee also considered a suggestion to recognize the communication of CSU President Tony Frank and his staff with an honorary Cammy,” said festival co-director Greg Luft, chair of the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.
“President Frank is well known for down-to-earth email communication with campus and his often-spoken homage to President Abraham Lincoln for creating land-grant universities,” Luft explained.
“But the committee ultimately decided that an honorary Double Whammy Cammy was in order because President Frank and his staff support the value of media in general, and Student Media at CSU in particular. Dr. Frank is a rare university president who is known to openly encourage students to consume their student-produced campus media. We believe that this media-savvy approach to communication makes President Frank more effective as a leader,” said Luft.
Additional winners of the Double Whammy Cammy include Pulitzer Prize winner David Freed ’76, a former Los Angeles Times investigative reporter who later became a Hollywood scriptwriter and most recently began writing novels that have earned international acclaim. “Freed slowed our evaluation process considerably by submitting novels that our judges couldn’t put down. Seriously.” said Luft.
For winners Amanda Kost ’07 and Jon Stone ’02, of KMGH-TV in Denver, the award was just another of many 2013 honors for work investigating the causes of Colorado wildfires. Kost and Stone this year also earned a Peabody, an Emmy, and a national Headliner Award for their work.
Joe Conrad ’87, founder and CEO of Cactus Marketing and Communications in Denver, earned his DWC for Man Therapy, an international, multi-media anti-suicide campaign featuring the manly Rich Mahogany, who encourages middle-aged men to seek help for depression.
The final DWC went to video editor Mark Taras ’84, whose entries included nationally cablecast reality television programs Swamp Men, Plan Xtreme, and others. Taras earned the Van Gogh award at the 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival, and his services as a video editor are in high demand nationally.
The Keynote Award went to Jeff Eastin ’90, creator of the White Collar and Graceland TV series on USA Network. Eastin returned to campus for the first time in 18 years to deliver the keynote address, which focused on his search for success in Hollywood.
Festival Service Awards went to Alan Vitello, a political cartoonist who has designed art for the CSU festivals, and to Steve Weiss, a festival committee member who produced an hour-long documentary on the CSU Marching Band’s trip to Ireland in March, 2013.
The committee also wanted to recognize former JTC Alumnus of the Year Mike Sweeney, CEO of The Integer Group. Sweeney earned a Cammy Maximus for finishing his first novel, The Labyrinth Campaign, even though he was busy running a major corporate entity.
Additional entries were honored with the Cammy Maximus, Cammy Grande, and original Cammy. Judges reviewed entries based on career status, with categories for students, early professionals through three years of professional experience, mid-level professionals with four to 10 years of experience, and experts with more than 10 years of experience. Judges also considered the entrant’s role in the production.
“This is an outstanding group,” noted Champ. “With a multi-year production window for submissions, individuals develop excellent entries. And we, of course, have the ulterior motive of obtaining models of excellence to use as examples in our classes, so our students win as well!”
The categories are:
Double Whammy Cammy: The best of the best, sustained effort and excellence, often receiving regional, national, and international acclaim.
Cammy Maximus: Demonstrates superb content and sparkling technical quality, considerable depth of effort, and professional recognition on a broad scale, with inspired storytelling quality.
Cammy Grande: Outstanding professional work appropriate to the medium and scope of project. Demonstrates significant effort, distribution, strong technical quality, and content.
Cammy Award: Very strong message and technical quality whether the work was the result of routine daily efforts or more extended scope of project.
Winners by award category and professional level:
Double Whammy Cammy: Expert
Tony Frank, President, and Communication Staff, Colorado State University: Executive Communication and Student Media Support
Joe Conrad ’87, Founder and CEO, Cactus Marketing Communications. Man Therapy, International Multimedia Anti-Suicide Campaign
David Freed ’76, Author, Flat Spin and Fangs Out, Novel Series
Jonathan Jerry Stone ’02, Executive Producer, KMGH-TV: Investigating the Fire, Television News Investigation
Mark Taras ’84, EditMark LLC: Swamp Men, Plan Xtreme, Tripping out With Alie and Georgia, Reality Television Editing
Double Whammy Cammy: Mid-Level Professional
Amanda Kost ’07, Reporter, KMGH-TV: Investigating the Fire, Television News Investigation
Cammy Maximus: Expert
Natalie Bosler ’02, Account Supervisor, The Integer Group: ACUVUE Target Optical Back to School Campaign, Advertising and Promotion
Brian Clark ’96, Colorado Health Institute: Colorado: A Picture of Health, Magazine Writing, Design and Publishing
Coleman Cornelius ’88, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine: Food for Thought, Magazine Series
Joel Lee ’96 and Spencer McKnight ‘05, Aspen Video Productions: The Preserve at Botany Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, Promotional Video
Courtney Alford-Pomeroy ‘99, EHealth Director, Athens Regional Health System, Miracle Elixir Campaign, and New Athens Regional Health System Website Design, Corporate Promotion and Web Communication
Steve Roberts ’96, Crescent Sun Pictures; Jeff Warren ’98, Linguine Pictures; Bo Vangsakoun ’99, AXS TV: Mad Hatters, Original Reality Television Series
Mike Sweeney ’83, CEO, The Integer Group: The Labyrinth Campaign, First Novel
Allison Sherry ’00, Washington Bureau Chief, The Denver Post: CU In-House Lobbyists Double Dipping, News Investigation
Matt Renoux ’96, Mountain Bureau, KUSA-TV: Shipping Container, Haiti Arrival, and Speed Skating, Television News Features
Mike Watson ’00, Owner, Video Approach: World’s Largest Solar Panel Installation, Corporate News Video
Cammy Maximus: Mid-Level Professional
Amanda Rose Adams M.S. ’07: HP Enterprise Services and independent author: Heart Warriors, a Family Faces Congenital Heart Disease, Autobiography
David Althouse ’04, Chief Photojournalist KDVR-TV: Colorado: The Beer State, Documentary Ashley Colburn ’09, Ashley Colburn Productions: Wonders of Croatia, Istria, Travel Documentary
Josh Middleton ’09, Freelance Director of Photography, The New Hot Club of America, and Wonders of the World: Angkor Wat, Travel Documentaries
Cammy Maximus: Student
Timothy Orme, Independent Producer: Afterlight, Experimental Animation
Cammy Grande: Expert
Kris Browning-Blas ’85, Food Editor, The Denver Post: Lynyrd Skynrd Greeley Stampede Performance, Entertainment Review
John Chiala ’93, Video Producer, CNBC-TV: Bon Jovi, Video Editing
Kirsten Hanson Chiala ’94, Social Media Communications Manager, Cisco Systems: Meet the Hacker
Scouts, Social Media
Jay Dedrick ’88, Internal Communications Manager, University of Colorado. CU Connections, News Website
Aimee Heckel ’01, Newspaper Columnist, Boulder Daily Camera: Modern Lois Lane, Columns
Major King ’81, Photojournalist, KMGH-TV: Secret Trees, Television News Feature
Jim Fairchild ’96, Owner, Pacific Perks Catering: Pacific Perks Website
Jesse Kurtz ’00, Executive Producer, The Mountain West Conference Athletic Site: Will to Walk, Television Sports Feature
Josh Hardin ’02, Colorado Life Magazine, The Devil’s Backbone, Photo Editing and Publication Design Carmen Ruyle Hardy ’99, Independent Design Professional: Parade of Homes Magazine, Print Graphic Design
Joe LaFleur ’01, Wildlife Media Producer, Better Birdwatching in the Southwest DVD Field Guide, and A Bird for All Seasons, DVD. Interactive DVD Video
Lori Larson ’91, Teacher, North Platte Public Schools: Life Lessons, Personal blog
Joel Lee ’96 and Spencer McKnight ‘05, Partners, Aspen Video Productions: The Little Nell, Public Relations Branding
Joel Lee ’96 and Spencer McKnight ‘05, Partners, Aspen Video Productions: AVP Sizzle Reel, Company Promotion Video
Matt Ruggles ’95, Video Production Manager, Adams 12 Five Star Schools: Learning Services Online Newsletter, Social Media
Lane Lyon ’94, Producer, Reporter, Anchor and Real Estate Agent: Togi Cameron: A Model Guru, Reality Television
Jonathan Jerry Stone ’02, Executive Producer, KMGH-TV: Aurora Strong, Television Feature
Jill Wendholt Silva ’85, Food Editor and Restaurant Critic, The Kansas City Star: Edge City, The Age of the Artisan, Growing Change, Newspaper Food Coverage
Skip Stewart ’03, Commercial and Promotions Producer, KDVR-TV: Circle K Commercials, Television Advertisement
Rae Todd ’01, HEY Rae! Communications: Albuquerque Balloon Festival, and Glenwood Springs and Caves, Photo Features
Pauletta Longo Tonilas ’85, FasTracks Public Information Manager at RTD: RTD FasTracks: An Inside Look, Documentary
Mike Watson ’00, Owner, Video Approach: Girl Ventures, Fundraising Video
Cammy Grande: Mid-Level Professional
Eileen Agosta ’04, Align Broadcasting and Twelve Monkeys Dancing Films: Breach, Short Film
Ama Arthur-Asmah ’07, Photojournalist, KDVR-TV: Home From War, Television News Feature
Ryan Avery ’09, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking: How To Be A Speaker, Website
Rebecca Waddingham Boyle ’03, Freelance Science Writer: The Flying Man, and Terrascope, Science Writing
Matt Gohl ’07, Video Producer, Poudre School District: PSD Mentoring Program, Television Documentary
Libby Hendren ’03, Producer,WTSP-10 News, Tampa: Angelina’s Choice, Television News Feature
Marika Krause ’04, Assistant Media Director, Santa Clara University: The Physics of Exploring Science for Public Relations, Public Relations
Dan Lehan ’07, Line Producer, High Noon Entertainment: Hurricane Hunters: Super Storm Sandy Strikes, Television Reality Program
Philip Loeb ’07, Freelance Producer/Editor: Nerdist Channel Feature and Commercials, Online Video
Monique Lewis ’04, Assistant Editor at Mergermarket: Local TV Bids Due Friday, Sources Say, Online Financial News
Todd Metcalf ’07, Freelance Producer, NFL.Com: Behind the Name: Robert Mondavi and Alec Bradley, Television Documentary
Jonathan Petramala ’04, Reporter, KRDO-TV: Jonathan Petramala Standup Compilation, Television On- Air Reporting
Cale Rogers ’08, City of Boulder Channel 8: Watch Inside Boulder News, USA Pro Cycle, Broadway, Euclid in Motion, Cable Television Programming
Bryan Weakland ’03, Segment Producer at MSNBC: Women in Politics, Television News Feature
Cammy Grande: Early Professional
Dustyn Blindert ’10, Co-Producer and Co-Host, Tag Team Productions: Backflip Bird, Outdoor Television
Ben Huelsing ’09, On-air Designer, Root Sports: Root Sports Penguins Season Promo, Television Promotion
Sean Korbitz ’13, Freelance Multimedia Producer and Video Editor, V3 Media Marketing: Lehnen: I See Your Shadow, Music Video
Keri Lenderink Donovan ’09, Integrative Fitness Coordinator, Multnomah Athletic Club: Chasing Sarasota, Television Documentary
Madeline Novey ’11, Fort Collins Coloradoan, A Wound That Never Heals, News Feature
Glen Pfeiffer ’11, United States Air Force Cyberspace Operations: Images of Europe, Photography Collection
Lindsay Simpson ’10, Wyoming Game and Fish Division: Yellowstone Grizzly Bears: A Success Story, Documentary
Stephen Veals ’10, Video Producer, Otterbox: Pursuit series: Fly Fishing, Product Demonstratio Video
Carri Wilbanks ’09, Independent Travel and Leisure Reviewer. CatchCarri.com, Website
Emily Luft ’12, Student Entries, College of Business: Behind the Scenes, and My Clouds, Promotional Video and Feature
Cammy Award: Expert
Kris Browning-Blas ’85, Food Editor, The Denver Post: Colorado Food and Table, Blog
Danielle Raker Brown ’94, Raker Marketing Strategies: Ute Tundra Trail, and Lookout Mountain Trail, Photography
Laura Oates Butcher ’96, Circle Plumbing and Heating, Web Design and Social Media
Julie Oberlander Gibbons ’02, Television Reporter, Anchor, KEVN-TV: Little Girls, Big Fight, Television News Feature
Josh Hardin ’02, Colorado Life Magazine: Photography and Photo Editing, Colorado Life Magazine Joel Lee ’96 and Spencer McKnight ‘05, Aspen Video Productions: Donor Alliance Organ and Tissue Donation: Transplant Science, Educational Video
Ryan Lockwood ’97, Public and Media Relations Coordinator, Colorado State Forest Service, Below, Book
Russell Haythorn ’98, Reporter, and Brad Bogott ’86, Photojournalist, KMGH-TV: Hero Doctors, Television News Feature
Russell Haythorn ’98, Reporter, and Coby Howell ’78, Photojournalist, KMGH-TV: Black Forest Fire, Television Hard News
Mike O’Neill ‘93, Executive Producer, KHOU-TV, Houston: Movie Minute with Mike O: Dyan Sprayberry, Movie Minute with Mike O: The Great Gatsby, KHOU-TV Online Media
Mike Ortmeier ’93, Director, KDVR-TV: Fox 31 News at 9:00. Television News Directing
Joel Radtke ’79, City of Broomfield: Website Design
Steve Roberts ’96, Crescent Sun Pictures: M.E.S.A. Commercials, Television Advertisement
Rae Todd ’01, HEY Rae! Communications: Platte River Power Authority, Web Design
Jeff Warren ’98, Linguine Pictures; M.E.S.A. Commercials, Television Advertisement
Ann Grover Warren ’99, Name It, Graphic Design, Print
Mike Watson ’00, Owner, Video Approach: Space Shuttle Move and Irvine Company, Video Profiles
Cammy Award: Mid-Level Professional
Eileen Agosta ’04, Align Broadcasting and Twelve Monkeys Dancing Films: The Armageddon Kitty, Short Film
Zach Borg ’06, KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Zach Borg Compilation, Television Sports Reporting
Clint Oldenburg ’06, Associate Designer, Electronic Arts: Madden NFL 25 Ratings Blog
Matt Gohl ’07, Video Producer, Poudre School District: Rocky Mountain High School Gardens, News Feature
Charity Nichols Ruch ’05, Cattlemen to Cattlemen Live Convention Preview, Specialized Television News Andrew “Sheriff” Taylor ’06, Video Production Manager, Vail Mountain at Vail Resorts: Burton vs. Open, Video Sports Feature
Erik Yeager ’07, Producer at Narrow Road Film Partners: Descent, Short Film
Skip Stewart ’03, Commercial and Promotions Producer, KDVR-TV: Sasquatch Casino, Television Advertisement
Cammy Award: Early Professional
Tina Brown M.S. ’12, Bureau of Land Management: Getting to Know Your BLM, Organizational Branding Reno Boyd ’12, Sports Reporter, 9News.com: Summer Grind, Website Sports Preview
Benjamin Brune ’09, Video Production Coordinator, Baylor University: Production Composite, University Promotions
Erica Davidge ’12, Freelance photographer, web and graphic designer: Notes from the Chairlift, Blog
Lisa Ferguson ’10, Producer and Host: Lisa Ferguson TV, Independent Online Video News
Brandon Iwamoto ’10, Brandon Iwamoto Photography, Mile High Matcha, Photo Feature
Adam Mader ’11, Advance Video Production Manager, CSU College of Business: E3 Recap 2013, Educational Feature
David Martinez ’11, Reporter, the Sterling Journal-Advocate: Feral Cats, and Memorial Gardens, Newspaper Hard News
Matt Stephens ’10, Sports Writer, Fort Collins Coloradoan: Jack Miller’s Battle, Sports Feature Kirsten Swanson ’13, Reporter/Anchor KNBN-TV, Burglaries Have West Boulevard Residents Alert, Television Hard News
Robyn Scherer ’11, Director of Communications, Colorado Farm Bureau: CFB Ad for Colorado
Agricultural Magazine, and The Death of Family Farms, Print Advertisement and Magazine Editorial
Cammy Award: Student Production
Cami McCullough, Current Student: Rawhead and Bones, Music Video
Cami McCullough, Current Student: CSU Dance Profile, Blake Miller, Television Feature
Eli Portell, Current Student: Ramble On: Anonymous Longboards and The Venture Accelerator Program, Online Video Feature
Jeff Eastin ’90, Creator and Executive Producer, White Collar and Graceland, Television Crime Series, USA Network
Cammy Service Awards
Alan Vitello ‘86, Media Festival Promotional Cartoonist
Steve Weiss ‘78, Producer, CSU Marching Band Documentary