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20th Annual EMPixx Awards Celebrate Creativity of Area High Schoolers


2019 student EmpixxOhio University Southern and its Electronic Media program hosted students from area high schools on Friday for the 20th Annual EMPixx Awards. The event celebrates the technical and creative entries of secondary students interested in pursuing careers in disciplines like videography, audio production, animation, photography, and more.

Brad Bear - EMPixxDon Moore, director of Electronic Media at Southern, said the EMPixx Award group received entry submissions from more than 130 high school students. “This year, students from eleven high schools in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia submitted their work for adjudication,” he said. 

Media professionals from across the region participated as workshop presenters for the students, providing additional learning opportunities for the, Moore concluded.
Ernie Hall 2019 EmpixxErnie Hall, a photojournalist and with recipient of several regional Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award, was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.  Hall challenged the students to face their fears as a way to grow and continue learning.
2019 Student Empixx
Award recipients by category included:
2nd Place: Chillicothe High School- Plug Walk by Justin Wood;
1st Place: Pike County Career and Technical Center- Chunky Kitty by Regan Shreve.

Digital Photography:
2nd Place: Lewis County WV High School- KC’s Photo’s by Kylee Coffield; 1st Place:  Fairland High School- America the Beautiful by Kelsie Warnock.
2nd Place- Chesapeake High School- NY Lip Dub by Ryan Frasure and Kamrym Hesson;
1st Place-Chillicothe High School- Cavalier Creed by Cameron Snowden, Julian Villarreal,  Justin Wood, and Hannah Dalaba.
2nd Place: Fairland High School- Jungle Toast by Luke Colegrove, Kyle Rankin, and Clayton Bloss;
1st Place: Southeastern High School- Toasty Salesman by Ryan Dixson, Lucas, and Kate Kuperk.
Multimedia Print:
2nd Place: Fairland High School- High as a Kite by Joshua Cyrus;
1st Place: Lewis County High School- Delaney’s Art by Delaney Gump.
News Cast:
2nd Place: Fairland High School- FHS News by Jade Watson, Haleigh Fuller, Katie Walters, Caitlynn Johnson, Cassie Peters, Baylor Pyles, and Haley Fergusen;
1st Place: Chesapeake High School- Chesapeake News by Carly Harkless, Kamayn Hesson, Katie Haynes, Ryan Frasure, Bre Mullins, Brandon Williams, Elijah Mills, Karrah Parsons, Connor Archer, Trey Hicks, and Derek Plybon.
News Feature/Story:
2nd Place: Chesapeake High School- Bio Med by Derek Plybon;
1st Place-Chillicothe High School- Science Recycling by McKenna Reed, Ryan Beardsley, Courtland Duncan, Malachi Mitchell, and Daniel Haller.

Sports News Feature:
2nd Place: Southeastern High School- Long Jump Giants by Ally Skeens, Ameris Cooper, Dantasia Tyler-Withrow;
1st place: Southeastern High School- Ross County Rebels by Benjamin Coran, Aramis Gibson, Brock Fisher.
Video Commercial:
2nd Place: Southeastern High School -Red Cross by David Hall, Cameron Hall, Holden Hartman; 1st Place: Chillicothe High School- Reach Higher by Braedon Jones, Julian Villarreal, Courtland Duncan, Jaymie Grim, and Logan Snowden.
Best of Show:
Lewis County High School- The Scary Toast Door by Sky Nichols, Emily Kraus, Ricky Osborne, Cole Kemper, and Ian Mcdougal.
Directors Choice:
Ironton High School- Memorial Mr. Ross/ Ironton High School Newscast Tiger Talk News Ep. 11: Memorial by Chance Mays, Drew Williams, Brandon Warden, Hannah Lynd, David Chapman, Stephen Beckett,  and Matt Delawder.

Ohio Southern Conducts Business Marketing Workshops
Ohio Southern Conducts Business Marketing WorkshopsOhio University Southern conducted three workshops in September aimed at helping area business owners and entrepreneurs gain new strategies to market their companies.  Funded by a United States Dept. of Agriculture grant, the sessions focused on creating a Story Driven Business culture.
Sessions were held at the Ironton Campus on September 19, at Shawnee State University's Kricker Innovation Hub on September 25 and at Ohio University Southern's Proctorville Center on September 26.  In all, nearly fifty people participated in the workshops which were presented by representatives of Rebel Pilgrim Creative Agency of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ohio Southern Conducts Business Marketing WorkshopsIsaac Stambaugh, a graduate of the Ohio University Southern Electronic Media program, was among the presenters who shared new strategies for effective marketing based on a story-driven model.  "It is gratifying to see one of our alum share his knowledge with southeast Ohio business owners and entrepreneurs,"  said Nicole Pennington, Dean of the Southern Campus.
The workshops were made possible by Rural Business Development funds so there was no cost to the participants. The attendees ranged from non-profit operators to independent creative business ventures to retail owners and others.

Ernie Hall works with EM students
Electronic Media producer Ernie Hall working with Electronic Media students


Ohio Southern Conducts Business Marketing Workshops

Don Moore and David Carter


Ohio Southern Electronic Media Brings Live Video to Summer Motion
The riverfront concert stage lights up with live music by national touring acts each July in Ashland, Kentucky. Part of the high-tech show offered by Summer Motion, an outdoor entertainment event, is produced by Ohio University Southern’s Electronic Media students.


The Summer Motion festival is marking its 30th year.  Don Moore, associate professor and director of the Electronic Media program at Southern, said the students have been part of the event for the past two decades.  “Summer Motion is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience in a major entertainment event,” said Moore.
ELectronic Media at Summer MotionThis year, the three-night event held at the Port of Ashland featured Tenth Avenue North, Jordan Feliz, The Marshall Tucker Band with Paul Pace, High Valley and Restless Heart. From July 2 through July 4, tens of thousands of people attend the event, which culminates with a huge Independence Day fireworks display.
Electronic Media at Summer Motion
Bryan McGlone, a senior from of Kenova, West Virginia, served as director of the four-camera live production for the first time this year. He said he appreciates the opportunity to learn live production. McGlone explained the multi-camera view presents the concert from all angles so festival goers can enjoy the show on the Jumbotron screens which are located on the sides of the stage. “It really enhances the concert experience for people to be able to see things from all angles (because of our) different cameras,” McGlone said.
As content creators, electronic media students provide on-the-spot decisions that result in the video images that make up the Summer Motion production, Moore said. “The live video puts our students’ work in front of thousands of people each summer,” he continued. 

Electronic Media at Summer MotionElectronic Media at Summer Motion
Electronic Media at Summer MotionThe Electronic Media program provides experiential learning for students through live productions at events for the public and area non-profit agencies. Other hands-on opportunities throughout the year include the annual Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade, Red Cross fundraisers and Chamber of Commerce events.

For more information about the Electronic Media program at Ohio University Southern, visit online at or contact Don Moore at 740.533.4575.
Electronic Media at Summer Motion


Electronic Media students dedicate parade broadcast to long-time mentor, volunteer
Students of Electronic Media studies produced a live stream broadcast of the 150th Annual Ironton Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade. Their program was dedicated in honor of Norman Beebe, a long-time volunteer in the Electronic Media program, who served as a mentor to students.

EM Students at 150 Ironton Memorial Day Parade
Photo by Carl T. Murdock

NOrm BeebeBeebe, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War, died at age 95 last year. The parade’s 9th Division is named in Beebe’s honor and is the division in which the Southern Campus participates.
EM students, alumni, faculty and staff joined to bring the parade to an online audience via live stream during the nearly three hour event. The student videographers used a multi-camera format for the show, which was then edited for rebroadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 25. 
In addition to the students on the production team, the broadcast was produced by Don Moore, EM Program Director and Ernie Hall, EM Production Assistant. Live stream and IT coordination by Randy Bazell, IT Support Specialist; Mike Donley, Web and OULN Coordinator; and Brad Bear, EM alum and owner of Bear Media Services. The broadcast was co-hosted by M.J. McKay, EM alum and announcer for 105.7 FM Kool Hits and by Sarah Diamond Burroway, Director of External Relations and Communications for the Southern Campus. Recent EM graduate Travis Otworth provided on-site interviews with parade participants and dignitaries during the program.


Electronic media program puts OHIO student on track to pursue his dreams
Ohio University Southern Electronic Media student, Chris Murdock, has been watching NASCAR for as long as he can remember. His background knowledge of the sport came in handy when his friend and managing editor of “Race Chaser Online,” Jacob Seelman, a Broadcast Journalism student at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, needed a writer for his website. Murdock put his classroom skills to work in the real world when he began blogging and contributing videos to the site.
At the end of January, Murdock was invited to cover the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina where he learned more about the business behind the sport and had an opportunity to see drivers from a perspective other than behind the wheel. The event is a kickoff to race season and an opportunity for the media to reach out to the drivers and share what they learn with fans. Murdock will be back in North Carolina in May, this time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.
Chris Murdock, Jacob Seelman, Formula One World Champ Fernando Alonso

(left to right) Chris Murdock and Jacob Seelman, interview two-time Formula One World Champ Fernando Alonso for “Race Chaser Online.”

Murdock began attending NASCAR races as a young kid. He fondly remembers those races at both Bristol and Charlotte Motor Speedway as a cherished part of his childhood and credits his love of the sport to these early experiences. To Murdock, NASCAR is about the excitement and energy. “It’s the fast-paced excitement of being at the track on race day that’s a truly unique experience," he said.
Murdock added, “My classes in Electronic Media have given me many great opportunities. My experience with ‘Race Chaser Online’ has given me a chance to use what I’ve learned over the past year-and-a-half  — I even surprise myself sometimes with what I can do.”
After graduation, Murdock plans to move to Mooresville, North Carolina. He would also like to be more involved with “Race Chaser Online.” “I’ve been given a great opportunity to continue with my video work and work in a sport that I’ve been a fan of since I can remember,” Murdock said.

Local youth compete in 19th Annual EMPIxx Awards at Southern Campus
On April 13, Ohio University Southern hosted nearly 200 high school students from 10 area high schools for the annual EMPixx Awards. In its 19th year, the experienced-based programming and awards event gives participants a chance to hear from industry professionals in Electronic Media about key topics during a variety of workshops. Students submitted work in 11 categories ranging from audio and video production to multimedia print.
2018 EMPixxChillicothe High School (CHS) Video Broadcasting Teacher Vanessa George feels that EMPixx is a unique and positive experience for her students. “[They] look forward to the workshop sessions because they are able to learn tricks of the trade from working professionals as well as get advice on the college programs available that could help them fulfill their career aspirations,” George said.
George said that CHS students partner with Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center to produce entries for EMPixx. “The students absolutely love the awards portion as well because it allows them to compete with and generate future ideas from students from across the state,” she added.
Associate Professor and Director of the Ohio University Southern Electronic Media Program Don Moore said, “We were excited about this year’s awards, total submissions were up from last year and quality of the projects seemed higher than the past.” 
Moore added, “As in the past, former students and local media professionals stepped up to volunteer as workshop presenters.  All areas of media were represented, and I really appreciate those who came to give back.”
EMpixx Awards 2018Southern Campus Production Assistant Ernie Hall feels that EMPixx is an excellent way to recognize and encourage creativity among high school students who show interest in electronic media. “It is wonderful to see the creativity and obvious hard work which has gone in to these projects and these students deserve a moment to be appreciated” Hall said.  “I am already looking forward to next year’s awards.”

For more information on the 2018 Student EMPixx Awards click here

Ohio University Southern welcomes Ernie Hall as electronic media production assistant


Ohio University Southern welcomes alumnus Ernest (Ernie) Hall to the position of Electronic Media production assistant. Hall graduated in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Electronic Media, and he has more than a decade of experience in broadcast news.
Ernie HallHall began his career locally as a photojournalist for WOWK (Huntington, WV) and has also worked as a freelance videographer. Most recently, he was the chief photographer for KHOG/KHBS in Arkansas.
Hall has won three News and Documentary Emmy awards in the categories of serious series, weather, and feature. “Black Market Babies,” May 2011, was the winner of the Serious Series category. “When Weather Strikes,” October 2015, won in the Weather category. “Murder Next Door: The Jersey Bridgeman Story,” October 2016, was the winner of the Feature category.
Having gained experience in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas, Hall says returning to the Southern campus was “a no brainer. I enjoy shooting, editing, and teaching so why not do it at the place where it all started for me?”
As a production assistant, Hall’s main responsibilities include video production, gear maintenance, and working with students. Hall hopes to pass on the knowledge he’s gained in his career to “help students understand what it takes to create, compete, and succeed in the broadcast industry.”
The Electronic Media program offers students hands-on training with the latest technology which prepares them for job market. The staff have diverse media skills, which aids the success of the students.
As for the impact Hall hopes to have on the Southern campus he states, “I hope to inspire students to move forward with confidence, knowledge, and skill.