"PLU students, alumni collectively earn four Emmy nominations for work in student media" – PLU News

TACOMA, WASH. (May 8, 2018) — Three Pacific Lutheran University student-media organizations have received a total of four Emmy Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — Northwest Chapter.

MediaLab — which was nominated twice for its four-part documentary series “A World of Difference” — is no stranger to Emmy nominations, but this year marks the first time other student-led groups within the School of Arts and Communication joined the ranks.

“This year demonstrates that the standards, the expectations, and the levels of achievement across the board at PLU are on the rise, and that’s exciting,” said Robert Wells, director of the Center for Media Studies, another organization recognized for documentary filmmaking. Two former students within the center — Cara Gillespie ’17 and Elise Anderson ’17 — were nominated in the long-form, non-fiction category for their production titled “More Than a Mission: Stemming the Sex Trade in Angeles City,” which investigates the plight of young women trapped in the world of human trafficking in the Philippines.

PLU’s popular late-night entertainment show, “Late Knight,” earned the fourth Emmy nod for a short-form fiction feature titled “Twas The Late Knight Before Christmas.”

“A World of Difference,” which premiered two episodes in Seattle earlier this year, explores the shifting cultural landscapes of race, class, immigration status and gender across North America. It earned both nominations in the long-form, non-fiction documentary category.

“We worked hard to create films that inspire thoughtful and necessary conversations regarding the difficult topics of race, gender, immigration and class,” said Mackenzie Cooper ’18, a two-year member of the organization and a producer on the MediaLab documentary series. “This recognition affirms the success of stories and our ability to tell them.”

In addition to Cooper, the production team for “A World of Difference” included: Joshua Wiersma ’18, director of photography and editor; Julia Grosvenor ’19, story editor; and Rachel Lovrovich ’18, director and designer; Dalton Rouse ’18 composed the original soundtrack and Jonathan Spielmann ’18 narrated. [READ MORE]