Left-Right: Dan Orton (Station Manager of XTV and student from The College of Social Sciences and International Studies), David Brake (third year History student); Lindsey Harris (second year English student) and Calum Baker, (third year English and Film Studies student.)

Humanities students’ success at National Students’ Television Awards

Lindsey Harris, a second year English student, has just been ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s National Students’ Television Association Awards (NaSTAs).

Lindsey, a member of Exeter University’s student television XTV was granted ‘Highly Commended’ in the category for ‘Best On-Screen female’, against a total of 15 entries from other University stations.

This year’s awards were hosted by Nottingham University, where Kate Garraway, Entertainment Editor for Daybreak at ITV, judged Lindsey’s category, and commented, “Very strong show reel. Good pieces to camera and solid interviewing technique – Lindsey listens and engages in conversation”.

Lindsey commented on her success, “It's absolutely fantastic. Needless to say it's great to get feedback from someone in the industry. There was some tough competition including Broadcast Journalism students and so XTV's success is such a testament to its members!”

The NaSTAs are designed for and governed by student television.  It offers support to student television stations by encouraging cross-station communication and by representing student television on a national level – pushing for greater recognition within the industry.

Lindsey became one of the main presenters for XTV’s film show Cameo earlier this year, which also won XTV the award for 'Best Factual' and was produced by third year History students David Brake and Stephen O'Nion.

Third year BA English & Film student Calum Baker, one of two station managers for XTV, was also involved in the successful bid to host the 40th NaSTAs at Exeter University next year.  In addition to this, he too was successful in the awards, winning a ‘Highly Commended’ position in the ‘Video to Music’ category for his video Good Intentions.

Calum commented, “My experience within XMedia has given me so much self-confidence and experience.  Working across XMedia and within the English & Film department has given me such a wide range of useful and unforgettable skills and experiences, which can only be called utterly fantastic.”

More information about the NaSTAs and X-Media, the collective name for the four student media based at Streatham campus can be viewed on the XMedia website.  XTV’s submissions can also be viewed on the NaSTA website online. 

Date: 21 May 2012

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