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Gaylord College students, faculty earn multiple awards from Broadcast Education Association

Exterior of the Gaylord College of Journalism building located on the south oval walkway on the Norman, OK. Campus.

Gaylord College students, faculty earn multiple awards from Broadcast Education Association

February 28, 2024

Thirty-five students and three faculty members within the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma received honors from the Broadcast Education Association during the Festival of Media Arts.

BEA received 1,900 entries from over 300 schools for the awards this year. Last year, 28 Gaylord College students received recognition.

“I'm so proud of all the award winners,” said David Craig, interim dean of Gaylord College. These awards speak powerfully to the creativity and passion for excellence that our students and faculty show every day. In this competition, they are going up against their counterparts from all over the country. This recognition confirms not only the quality of the students we have in Gaylord College, but also the quality of the investment our faculty and staff are making in their lives and careers.”

OU Nightly placed third nationally for Television Newscast. Sooner Sports Pad placed third in the Video Sports News Program Category. 

Full list of student winners (pdf).

Full list of faculty winners (pdf).

About the University of Oklahoma

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. As the state’s flagship university, OU serves the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region and nation. OU was named the state’s highest-ranking university in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent Best Colleges list. For more information about the university, visit

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