Global Journalist Wins Two ‘Telly’ Awards for Online Videos

Aleissa Bleyl, Maria Fernanda Callejon, Jinghong Chen, Lily Cusack, Rachel Foster-Gimbel, Safiya Sadr, Denitsa Tsekova

As part of their Missouri Method training, J-School students worked as producers for two Telly Award-winning episodes of Global Journalist. Top row, left to right: Aleissa Bleyl, Maria Fernanda Callejon, Jinghong Chen, Lily Cusack. Bottom row: Rachel Foster-Gimbel, Safiya Sadyr, Denitsa Tsekova.

Student-Produced Episodes Net Silver Trophies Among 12,000 Entries Nationwide

Columbia, Mo. (May 23, 2018) — Two Global Journalist programs produced by students and staff at the Missouri School of Journalism and KBIA/Mid-Missouri Public Radio have been honored for online video production by the 39th Annual Telly Awards.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor video and television production across dozens of categories. The 2018 contest received over 12,000 entries from television stations, advertising agencies, cable operators and production departments.

The Global Journalist episodes honored were “Gay Rights in China” and “Europe Battles Russian Hackers.” Both programs won a silver award in the general-information online video category.

  • “Gay Rights in China” aired in February 2017 and featured guests that included the noted Chinese filmmaker Fan Popo as well as authors and researchers on the subject.
  • “Europe Battles Russian Hackers” aired in November 2017 and featured guests including Sheera Frenkel, the New York Times’ cybersecurity correspondent, as well as Russian and Ukrainian journalists and a French hacker.

Global Journalist is hosted by journalism instructor Jason McLure and directed by Travis McMillen of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Aaron Hay of KBIA is audio engineer. Student producers who worked on the award-winning programs were Weimeng Bao, Aleissa Bleyl, Maria F. Callejon, Jinghong Chen, Lily Cusack, Rachel Foster-Gimbel, Jonah McKeown, Falyn Page, Denitsa Tsekova, Safiya Sadyr and Yanqi Xu.

A weekly half-hour program on under-covered international affairs and human rights issues, Global Journalist is a production of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Reynolds Journalism Institute and KBIA/Mid-Missouri Public Radio. It is supported by the Missouri School of Journalism’s Global Programs office.

Global Journalist is broadcast online via, YouTube and Facebook. It also airs as a video program on Columbia Access Television as well as on local access channels in northern Missouri and Kansas City. A radio version of the program is broadcast by KBIA, mid-Missouri’s NPR station, and on community radio stations in four other states. The Global Journalist podcast is distributed by NPR Podcasts, iTunes and Soundcloud.

Updated: November 4, 2020

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