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Indiana State student recognized at a national broadcast convention

May 9, 2019

Garrett Short got a glimpse into the future of media, and he's excited about it.

Short, a senior communication major from Beecher, Ill., and the News and Sports Operations director for WZIS, was one of six Multimedia Journalists selected to cover the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) convention in Las Vegas recently.

During the convention, Short covered the event, created content such as articles and videos, and helped with any general tasks that needed to be done.

Along with the work he did during the conference, Short also brought home first prize in the Radio

Newscast category of the BEA student awards.

"It was amazing," Short said. "The awards ceremony showed off all of the students that placed and you got to see just how good the future of media is going to be because the talent behind those student journalists like myself was just amazing, and I feel honored to come away with an award."

Short said the experience he gained at the convention would help him a lot professionally as he pursues his future career in television reporting.

"I made some great connections with the people that I worked under and the people that I worked with," Short said. "And also, it showed me how large and progressive the media world is. Some of the technology that people were using and showing off was just unbelievable."

Rich Green, general manager of WISU and WZIS, has watched Short develop professionally throughout his

"Garrett's going to be successful somewhere, whether it's TV or radio," Green said. "He's got a great personality, he's got the drive, that's the most important part, actually being able to want to do the dirty work. He's going to succeed wherever he goes. Whoever gets him is going to be really lucky, that's for sure."

Short said the conference was a great experience. "A lot of business, but all of the business was fun. It was a great time meeting new people and also learning about new things. It was a very good balance."

Photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/i-hdKkFDR/0/dafb0204/O/IMG6799469703503310425.jpg -- From left, faculty advisor Rich Green and Indiana State University student Garrett Short at the BEA awards in Las Vegas, Nev.

Media Contact: Jillian Bontjes, 217-799-2498, Jbontjes1@sycamores.indstate.edu