MSUM students received a regional Emmy from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on September 25 for the television documentary titled Inspired by Nature, produced by the Fall 2009 Broadcast Documentary Class and broadcast on Prairie Public Television.

This is the fourth year in a row that MSUM students have received an Emmy award. Last year, the capstone online journalism seminar won for their online magazine, Horizonlines.org, and broadcast students won an Emmy for their documentaries, The Greatest Silent Sport in 2007-08 and Walk into the Wild in 2006-07.

The Upper Midwest region includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

This program features world renowned nature photographer, Jim Brandenburg, who captures the essence of life in the wild through his impassioned storytelling; Charles Beck, a sensitive and insightful artist who produces woodcut prints of landscapes in Western Minnesota; and North Dakota’s poet laureate, Larry Woiwode, who is inspired by nature to write about the intricacies of life on the prairie. The program documents these creators of words and images, and also others who have been inspired by nature to be better and do better.

Martin Grindeland is faculty advisor for the broadcast documentary class. Other key members of the team: Nathan Matson, Producer/Writer/Editor;  Cole Ryg, Associate Producer/Editor; Kathryn Anderson, Associate Producer; and John Rian, Narrator/Writer.

Members of the Fall 2009 Broadcast Documentary Class

Back (left to right): Professor Martin Grindeland, Thomas McCullough, Bin Valentine, John Rian, Dylan Jacobson, Nishesh Sharma Adhikari, Cole Ryg, Timothy Frie, Cierra Abell. Middle row: Alex Whittier, Nathan Matson, Lezlie Johnson, Mark Matsuura, Matthew Beckman, Jenna Musland, Brett Miller. Front row: Kathryn Anderson, Jeanette Baker, Derrick Lewis, Jeff Hoistad, Richa Upadhyay. Not pictured:  Andrew Heinrich, Corey Pierre