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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 3, 2017

Broadcast association recognizing graduates for sound design project

A team of four recent Northwest Missouri State University graduates will be among 17 faculty and student groups chosen to receive the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Best of Festival King Foundation Awards – the top awards given during BEA’s Festival of Media Arts – next month in Las Vegas.

Alex Cathey, Alex Laney, Tim Ning and Adam Walker will receive the honor for audio replacement work they completed as Northwest students on an animated short film. The team earned the award in the Multimedia Sound Design category at the BEA festival’s audio competition.

The winning submission is the result of a project the students completed in spring 2016 in Northwest’s audio post-production course, taught by Assistant Professor of Mass Media Phil Beskid. Students were instructed to select a five-minute movie scene, remove all of its audio and recreate it from scratch.

Cathey, Laney, Ning and Walker removed the audio from “Lifted,” a Pixar short depicting a young alien’s attempt to abduct a sleeping farmer. The team of students recreated the film’s sounds and dialogue by engineering, mixing and creating new sound effects and voiceovers as well as an entirely new score. View their submission by clicking here.

“Recognition from such a prestigious organization is a real honor and reflects a tremendous amount of time, commitment and hard work,” Beskid said. “I think it also shows that the profession-based learning model embraced by the School of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest is a successful one.”

Ning, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Laney, of Maryville, graduated from Northwest at the conclusion of the fall 2016 trimester. Walker, a native of Farmington, Arkansas, and Cathey, of Bates City, Missouri, graduated in spring 2016. All of them earned bachelor’s degrees in mass media with an emphasis in broadcast production.

Best of Festival winners will be honored April 24 at the 15th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony. Award recipients will be recognized with a special screening of their winning project and a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The 2017 Best of Festival winners were selected from a pool of more than 1,450 entries, representing more than 175 colleges and universities in competitions for audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and video.

BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals. The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. Visit for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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