Former and current students in Glenbrook North’s broadcasting program are having their work judged on a national platform by the ‘National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Awards.’
The National Student Production Awards
program saw over 2,000 entries before picking finalists.
GBN alumni Ryan Baer is nominated for his submission of ‘Ryan Baer Arts and Cultural Affairs Compilation.’
Baer said he was shocked to hear his work was nominated to be judged among the best in the country.
“I got to combine all the skills I learned throughout my seven semesters of broadcasting classes and put them into my final projects. The news package and documentary were both partner projects, so it was fun to gain insight from my partners, as well as give a few tips to them,” Baer said.
Baer is now studying Marketing at Indiana University and works on broadcasting projects in his spare time.
Baer was also nominated for his work directing the 2020 Variety Show ‘Vision’ alongside classmates Ethan Levy, Logan Rosengard, Nathan Fasbender and Ben Pekay.
Levy said it’s nice seeing the hard work that he and his colleagues put into V-Show pay off.
“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done as a crew. No one works the show expecting to win awards or become national finalists. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and do whatever it takes to keep the bar high. I think I speak on behalf of the crew when I say that it was certainly an honor to receive a nomination for the award,” Levy said.
Levy is a recent graduate of GBN and is studying Journalism at the University of Missouri. He hopes to pursue a career in news production or live sports production.
Both 2020 nominations also won Crystal Pillars at the regional level back in April.
This is the second time the program is being recognized by NATAS on a national level. In 2019 GBN’s Spartan News Now program was a finalist, but didn’t win.
TV Broadcasting Teacher Todd Rubin said he is proud of his students and is honored to see them compete with the best across the country.
“GBN students love to be challenged, and as we earn more honors it raises the bar for our current students. We have the skills and creativity to do amazing things and being recognized by NATAS for the variety of work we've produced is truly an honor,” Rubin said.
Since 2008, Rubin has encouraged his students to enter their work in local and national competitions.
“I think the program growth is based on both the work students do, and the supportive atmosphere created among the students. We offer so many different options in our program from TV/Film, to news, to sports, to radio, to live event production and so many more real world experiences. When students feel valued and value the work they are doing, that often results in program interest and growth. If that also results in GBN-TV student work being recognized locally and nationally, that is a bonus,” Rubin said.
Former and current students in the broadcasting program have received recognition and awards for their work by The Midwest Media Educators Associations and ‘Crystal Pillars’ from the NATAS.
The 2020 National Student Production Awards program recipients will be announced in February.
Ryan Baer Arts & Cultural Affairs Compilation NATAS Entry
Variety Show 2020 ‘Vision’ NATAS Entry