Expect Diversity Show Earns First-Place BEA Festival of Media Arts Award

Ferris State University

Pictured (left to right) are Expect Diversity host David Pilgrim, guest Rita Walters and guest Sgt. Jim Eddinger.

Ferris State University’s Expect Diversity television show has earned a first-place award from the Broadcast Education Association in the “Television News Magazine” category. The announcement was made on Feb. 18 as part of the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts.

Expect Diversity is produced by faculty and students in Ferris’ Television and Digital Media Production program under the direction of College of Education and Human Services faculty member Glen Okonoski, the department chair for the School of Digital Media. The show is hosted by David Pilgrim, Ferris’ vice president for Diversity and Inclusion.

The specific Expect Diversity episode that won the BEA award focused on the topic of community policing. Show guests were Rita Walters, an assistant professor in Ferris’ College of Arts and Sciences’ Social Work program, and Sgt. Jim Eddinger, from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

“We are thrilled to have TDMP student work recognized in this way. Curriculum in the TDMP program engages students in their learning through project-oriented work that is often collaborative and community focused,” Okonoski said. “The students felt community policing was an important topic to cover, in this forum, and the resulting discussion was very informative and interesting. That their work was recognized, nationally by the BEA, is a testament to the quality of storytelling that our students routinely create through their learning.”

Ferris’ TDMP 385 Studio Production class is responsible for the production of the program. Students in the class are listed below:

Student Producer

Jesse Woodworth of Big Rapids, Mich.

Student Crew

Garet Foote of Lowell, Mich.
Dominique Gordon of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cassandra Rachauskas of Battle Creek, Mich.
Jeffrey Rynberg of Muskegon, Mich.
Torico Searcy of Warren, Mich.
Jacob Vanauker of Coldwater, Mich.

The BEA festival consisted of 1,538 total entries with 281 awards granted and 101 winning schools.

Click Festival of Media Arts for the full list of winners.

Click this BEA page for Ferris’ category win page.

Click School of Digital Media and TDMP to learn more about the unit and academic program with the college.