UD student documentary receives top honors
UD students film the award-winning documentary "Left Behind."
The documentary is screened on campus.
The Broadcast News Documentary class that created "Left Behind."


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9:11 a.m., Feb. 22, 2010----A University of Delaware student television news documentary about the past, present and future of Newark's Chrysler auto assembly plant is among just 12 programs receiving top honors in the Broadcast Education Association's annual Festival of Media Arts for 2010. BEA is the premier national organization of college and university broadcast education programs.

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The UD documentary, titled Left Behind, was produced by communication, political science and journalism juniors and seniors in the Broadcast News Documentary (COMM/POSC425) course in spring 2009. It received an honorable mention designation in the BEA contest, which attracted almost 700 student entries from 76 colleges and universities across the United States.

The awards announcement was made Friday, Feb. 19.

The BEA honor is the second national award given to the UD student production. It previously earned an Accolade award in competition with both student and commercial productions.

According to Paul Rickards, director of IT for UD Academic Technology Services, Left Behind has been viewed almost 6,000 times on the University of Delaware's Web site since it premiered on May 21, 2009, on campus. BEA has now also posted the documentary on its competition Web site.

The UD students devoted an entire semester to researching, interviewing, writing, shooting and producing the 38-minute program, which traces the Chrysler plant from its beginning as a Korean War tank-production facility for the Defense Department through its heyday producing hundreds of thousands of popular American cars to its demise in the auto industry collapse of 2008-2009.

It covers the plant's impact on the people and city of Newark, takes viewers inside the padlocked plant, and includes rare aerial scenes of the historic facility, prior to the University of Delaware's acquisition of the 272-acre Chrysler site in 2009. More information about the program is available at this Web page.

The UD student program was judged in the BEA competition alongside 32 long-form documentary entries. Honorees along with UD include Brigham Young University, the State University of New York, Central Michigan University, Elon University, Southern Illinois University, California State University Northridge, Pacific Lutheran University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Montana.

The awards will be presented at the annual national convention of the Broadcast Education Association in mid-April.

UD students sharing the BEA honors are: Julie Wigley ('09) and Rachel Alper ('09), co-producers, and Brian Anderson ('09), Antonia Borelli ('10), Amanda Carlson ('10), Daniel Corkery ('10), Laura Dattaro ('09), Lauren Ferrante ('09), Kyle Gleason ('09), Lauren House ('10), Talia Katz ('09), Stephanie Kraus ('10), Luciano LaPenta ('09), Bridget Leahy ('10) and Alex Lorn-Krause ('09).

The Broadcast News Documentary course is taught by Ralph Begleiter, director of UD's new Center for Political Communication, Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Rosenberg Professor of Communication.