Student Journalist Artyom Rayev Honored with His First Emmy at Mid-America Awards Ceremony

Artyom Rayev with Student Award for Excellence

KOMU-TV Also Takes Home Three Emmys for News and Interactivity

Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2012) — Artyom Rayev, a radio-television journalism senior at the Missouri School of Journalism, received his first Emmy at the 36th annual Mid-America Emmy awards ceremony in Kansas City.

Artyom Rayev with Student Award for Excellence
Artyom Rayev displays his Mid-America Emmy Student Award for Excellence.

Rayev’s successful entry, “Scoring for Slaten,” won in the student production-news category. The story is about a high school football player who played the game of his life on homecoming, the day after a horrific car accident almost killed his little brother. The story aired exactly one year later on KOMU-TV, the only university-owned commercial television station that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students.

“I’m particularly happy to see Ari get this student award to recognize his hard work on this story and a number of others like it,” said Stacey Woelfel, news director for KOMU. “He has a passion to tell great stories, and this is one of his best.”

KOMU was honored with three Emmy awards, two for news features and one for best interactivity for “U-News,” the first-ever live local newscast that used Google Plus Hangouts to allow face-to-face interaction between anchors and viewers.

KOMU also won two additional Emmys related to storytelling. Sarah Hill, BJ ’93, and videographer Scott Schaefer, BJ ’04, were recognized for best human-interest news feature for “Baby Chloe’s Diamond in the Sky,” a story about a volunteer organization that took photos of a baby during her 85 minutes of life. Hill and Schaefer also accepted the Emmy for best historical/cultural news story or feature for “Concentration Camp Wedding Dress,” a story about a Fulton woman who survived the Holocaust.

Members of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, or NATAS, a nonprofit organization that includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois, presented the Emmy awards.

Updated: August 15, 2019

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