In Awards and Achievements, Faculty News

Students and faculty from the School of Communications received multiple nominations and awards for their work in fields ranging from advertising to journalism

Each semester, students in the School of Communications take the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classroom and use them to create a variety of projects,  articles, documentaries and campaigns fit for the professional world.

Read below about the awards received by communications students and faculty during the Winter 2020 semester.


American Advertising Awards

The School of Communications, via the AdLab, was awarded 26 American Advertising Awards (formerly known as the ADDYs) at the Utah AAF American Advertising Awards on March 7. They received 9 gold and 17 silver awards, plus 2 Judge’s Choice Awards and the Student Best of Show.

ANDY Awards

The Adlab secured seven finalist spots at the 2020 ANDY Awards including and won three gold awards for the following projects:


National Television Features Competition

Journalism student Chris Jacobs recognized in national competition.

On January 10, journalism student Chris Jacobs was named the third-place finalist in the National Television Features Competition, hosted by the 60th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program

“It’s a huge confidence boost to see something you’ve worked on be recognized on such a scale,” Jacobs said. “It makes me feel like I have something under my belt to help me land that first job.” 

Winners were selected out of 105 entries from 66 schools throughout the nation. Jacobs received a $1,500 prize and qualified for the semi-final round of the competition.

Associate Collegiate Press

BYU’s dating magazine “TWO” recently won two national awards: the Magazine Pacemaker Award as well as the Finalist Award at the Associate Collegiate Press (ACP)
national competition
at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

The magazine — a product of the Daily Universe produced by a student team of designers — also received an honorable mention for magazine design. 

The Associate Collegiate Press also awarded honorable mentions to students McKayla Robinson for a multimedia feature and Jenna Alton for a feature story, both of which were published by the Daily Universe.

Society of Professional Awards

The Daily Universe staff and selected reporters won the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards. Categories were:

  • Best all-around non-daily student newspaper: Daily Universe staff
  • Breaking news reporting: Daily Universe staff
  • General news reporting: Jenna Alton
  • In-depth reporting: Kaitlyn Bancroft

The winners will compete at the national level with other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. Winners of the national competition will be announced later this year.


Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

Melissa Gibbs, Dale Cressman and Alan Neves received the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts award for their documentary
Camino de Santiago: The Way of St. James.” They won the Award of Excellence in the mixed-pedagogical faculty competition.

The documentary focuses on the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimages leading to the shrine of apostle Saint James the Great in northwestern Spain. The filmmakers investigate why people walk it and what it means to be a pilgrim. The 15-minute documentary was released on Aug. 25, 2019. Read more about the film here.


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