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Westfield State University, co-producer with WGBY of the long-running high school quiz show “As Schools Match Wits” (ASMW), has been honored with two awards for its 2019 Championship episode. It received a 2020 Bronze Telly Award in the category of Television Program: Miscellaneous and a Communication Award of Excellence from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in the Film/Video Miscellaneous category.

“Winning these two awards is not only a great achievement for ‘As Schools Match Wits,’ but especially for the Westfield State University student crew who work long hours in the University’s television studio to produce the show,” said Mark St. Jean, Westfield State video production coordinator. “They are the folks who operate the cameras, audio board, and online graphics, as well as floor direct and assist in editing the show. Working on a broadcast-quality television series is the best learning experience for anyone interested in a career in producing video programming.”

The show’s production team includes alumnus Eric Jones ’09, the director of creative operations for iHeart Media Group. “ ‘As Schools Match Wits’ gave me the experience, as a student, to increase my experience in technical, operational and production roles that I still use today,” said Jones.

Owned by New England Public Media, ASMW began in 1961 and is the second longest-running show of its kind in the nation. It is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.

Telly Awards
“The Telly Awards are an international competition receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, so there’s a lot to be proud of here in having our work recognized and singled out among so many other entrants from across the globe by our peers in the industry,” said ASMW Executive Producer Tony Dunne of WGBY-TV.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by The Telly Award Judging Council; a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.

Communicator Awards of Excellence
Selected from 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. The Communicator Awards are judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.


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