Four UMKC students awarded at MBEA college media competition

Four UMKC students took home awards for works they produced at the 2019 Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA) College Media Competition.

Elizabeth Ruiz, Lina Dannov, Alex Ayala and Ashley Cote all won for their works produced while they were enrolled in the spring 2018 Communication Studies 363 Radio Production class, taught by UMKC’s Angela Elam.

Elizabeth Ruiz, a December 2018 Communication Studies graduate who is currently an intern with KCUR 89.3, brought home first place in the Documentary/Public Affairs category for her piece “Duet over Doughnuts.” The piece reveals how her mother and father met in a doughnut shop, and details their interracial relationship at a time when that was still taboo.

Lina Dannov, a Communication Studies Film Studies student, wins the first place award for his news story, “Something Different.” Dannov interviewed Tim Hart, the first student admitted to UMKC’s Conservatory for composing and performing music on his computer. He speaks with Hart about going from last chair violin to having his own music label.

Alex Ayala, a junior in Communication Studies, won first place in the dramatic category for “In Memory of the Forgotten Generation.” His project coincided with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. In the program, he shares the letters of the “Lost Generation,” named for the men who never returned from the trenches.

Ashley Cote, a Communication Studies major and host of’s Falling Into Books with Me, won second place award in the crowded public service announcement category for a PSA she did for the student Internet station about an on-campus Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by UMKC’s Counseling Services.

Ruiz and Cote picked up the awards on earlier this month at the MBEA conference, hosted at Missouri State University in Springfield, in tandem with the Missouri College Media Association’s annual conference.

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