Hello dear readers!
So very much has happened since the last blog post. SO. MUCH.
First of all, and with your help, we successfully made it to L.A. and attended the 35th Annual College Television Awards ceremony and… WE WON. Our executive producers, Matt Sloan and Marcus Odom, accepted the award for Best Magazine Program for Episode #15.04. This marks the 2nd consecutive year that we have won a College Television Award. So many people dedicated their time and helped with the episode; and every single person that did was integral to making this happen. We should all be very proud, and very honored!!!
After returning from L.A., we finished our season with our annual short film. This year’s film, “Canned,” was written and directed by Michael Berman. The romantic comedy follows the life of a young man named Adam (played by Peter Wilkerson) who, after he is fired from his job, picks up an unusual new hobby, and in the process, finds a friend in a dog-walker and aspiring actress named Quinn (played by Emily Neal). As time goes by, Adam needs to make a decision about what direction to take with his life, ultimately discovering what is most important to him.
In addition to the movie, alt.news also debuted a music video about the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, by ELLENNOISE feat. J.O.G. Watch Episode #15.07 below!
Okay. So now let’s get personal. I just wanted to say a few things before signing off, and that is that in retrospect, I know I’ve been forgetful (or more appropriately, busy), and probably should have updated this blog a lot more (that way you all would really miss me!), but despite, I’ve had a great time being the webmaster. I loved designing the site, updating it, and providing content for it, because I love alt.news.
alt.news 26:46 is the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned so much, more than I could have expected, and have experienced things I never thought I would experience, and was given opportunities I never thought I would be given. I have had the chance to create: to produce segments, one in my hometown, another in Chicago, one in Colorado, and one on an island in Iowa (Iowa’s only island city). I’ve had the chance to make a couple comedic sketches (who would have thunk really, being a very unfunny person), and gained hands-on experience working on a real set as a camera operator, art director, as well as several other duties. Plus, I’ve traveled across the country to see alt.news win not one, but two College Television Awards. It has been AMAZING.
And that is why I encourage you, if you are a current member: stick with it. There is nothing more valuable than the experience you will gain from alt.news. It is irreplaceable. And it’s not just knowledge. The people you work with on alt.news will become your closest friends – friends that mentor you, support you, and believe in you. It’s a community – a community that extends past the boundaries of your time at SIU, and spans across the nation. Because of alt.news, you’ll not only learn important skills for your future career, but perhaps more importantly, you’ll learn more about yourself. It sounds cliche, I know, but it’s the honest truth. Dedicating time to alt.news during your academic journey will be one of, if not the best, decisions you will make at SIU. I can assure you of that.
So, to conclude. Season 15 was so, so great – we all should pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done (I mean, we won a College Television Award, guys and gals! That is incredible!). I’m sad I won’t be around to be part of the greatness that will be Season 16, but I’m excited to support you all from the sidelines, and will always continue to cheer you on. Continue to be great. Continue to make awesome things. I’m excited to see what you can do, Season 16.
I love you all. Stay alternative, stay awesome. Farewell and good luck!
Webmaster, Marta Bender