Professor wins first place awards at National Broadcasting Society’s national convention

Dan Hollis, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media, recently brought home two first-place awards for his creative work from the National Broadcasting Society’s national convention in New York City.

Hollis won in both the professional audio and video news categories for features on the Ona Speedway in Ona, West Virginia. These were the 13th and 14th first-place awards Hollis has earned over the years from the National Broadcasting Society, although the audio award was a first.

“Working exclusively with sound was a challenge for me,” Hollis said. “I am typically a television guy who combines writing with great video and audio. Working with just the audio, I had to use my writing and the sound to create the image I wanted to people to feel and see in their minds.”

Hollis also said the idea of doing both an audio and video version of the same general story with different writing, interview clips and focus reflects a current broadcast journalism trend he encourages students to do.

“The audio version can’t just be the video one without pictures, though,” Hollis said. “Why would anyone listen or watch both if they are basically the same? Both versions have to be unique and take advantage of the medium they are intended for.”

Both features are on Hollis’ YouTube channel at His audio feature also aired on WMUL-FM 88.1, Marshall’s public radio station.

This was the 75th National Broadcasting Society national convention.


Photo: Dan Hollis, professor of journalism and mass communications at Marshall University, recently received two first-place awards at the National Broadcasting Society’s convention in New York City. Photo by Chuck Bailey.