Broadcasting Professor Wins a Silver Telly Award

Nia Bradley on the Left, Virginia Orzel in the middle and Mya Coleman on the right.

Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations professor Virginia Orzel’s film on dementia, The Fight for Your Life, won a Silver Telly Award. It was named the best Non Broadcast Low Budget film (under $700/ minute) in the 43rd Annual Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies which include Adobe, Netflix, Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex Networks, Jennifer Garner, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan, and Vimeo.

“Now, more than ever, it is necessary to celebrate video work that reflects the top tier of our industry, such as SUNY Brockport,” says Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “This year’s submissions reflect an industry that has returned to the important work of storytelling, one that has returned with a new perspective that values innovation, agility, equity, and tenacious creativity.”

The Telly Awards receive over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts. The acceptance rate is 5.6%.

Orzel made the film to educate and inform people about dementia and let those impacted by dementia know about resources that can help.

Journalism and Broadcasting (JRB) Majors worked with Orzel on this film. Videographers, Isaac DeLeon and Kyle O’Gara, Animator Jim Lloyd, Narrator Nia Bradley, and Still Graphics Mya Coleman.

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Posted: May 25, 2022