Considered one of simply eight pupil honorees from throughout the nation, Kayla Mayer ’22 earned the award for Excellence in Audio Exhausting Information. Mayer spend her summer time earlier than commencement interning at KWIT-KOJI, the place she produced the profitable information story on meals insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A digital media arts and English double main, Mayer stated the win was a whole shock.
“It was a whole shock … even now it is form of sinking in,” Mayer stated. “However it feels good to be acknowledged.”
The Edward R. Murrow Awards are handed out annually by the Radio Tv Digital Information Affiliation (RTDNA). Thought-about by many within the trade to be the highest award for skilled journalists, Mayer stated the win was encouraging as she appears to start her profession in broadcast information.
“It’s affirming to know that, yeah, I did work actually exhausting in school,” Mayer stated. “Now, after placing in all that work, I can say, OK, that is the appropriate path for me.”
Mayer believes her time on the College of St. Thomas helped put her on that path to success, giving her each skilled abilities and the drive to inform tales for the frequent good.
“I’m so grateful for my St Thomas expertise as a result of I used to be in a position to get hands-on expertise,” Mayer stated. “With the Catholic institutional mindset there’s additionally the frequent good focus, and that undoubtedly helped encourage me for what I wrote the story about.”
An lively member of the Rising Media Division, Mayer’s professors keep in mind her as an impressive pupil.
“Kayla was a pupil who took full benefit of every part that eMedia has to supply, from coursework to TommieMedia to the TV studio. And he or she was a delight to be round,” Division Chair for Rising Media Mark Neuzil stated.
Mayer is worked up to place her schooling to the take a look at this month, as she begins her profession as a video information editor at KSTP-TV within the Twin Cities. Irrespective of the place life takes her, Mayer is worked up to maintain telling wonderful tales.
“My aim is to only proceed storytelling. That is actually what I like,” Mayer stated.