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Collage of five women winners in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

Undergrads, Grads, Faculty Shine in Media Arts Festival

By Dalia Al Nimr
March 11, 2024

Five AUC women - three graduate students, one undergrad and one faculty - are winners in the 2024 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, which included submissions from more than 300 participating schools and almost 1,900 entries this year.

Faculty Competition 

Kim Fox, professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, was the only faculty winner from AUC this year, given an Award of Excellence in the Short-Form Production Category for her project, "The Egyptian Female Podcasters Podcast." This is the 12th BEA Festival of Media Arts Award Fox won since 2019.

"Producing audio stories is something that I enjoy doing. It's nice to receive the BEA awards for recognition of my hard work, but also in the hopes that the stories will, perhaps, reach a larger audience."

Kim Fox

Check out the full list of faculty winners

Undergraduate Student Competition 

Vereena Bishoy, a double major in multimedia journalism and psychology, is the only undergraduate winner from AUC this year, awarded for her radio feature, "Maggie Michael's Road from Cairo to Yemen to a Pulitzer," produced as part of her Audio Production class taught by Fox.

"This piece has a very special place in my heart, award or not. It took a lot of time and effort to bring my vision to life, and it was a great learning curve for me. Looking back at it, it was a beautiful journey. I also got to do it about someone I idolize in the field, which is a dream. So getting the opportunity to speak with her was a turning point for me as an aspiring journalist.."

Vereena Bishoy

Competition judges lauded Bishoy's work. As one of the judges described it, "Clever writing, great interviews, engaging delivery and solid audio production. All around a fantastic story!"

Fox commended Bishoy's talent: "Her audio feature was well produced, from the music to the archival audio to her amazing audio interviews. It's been a pleasure watching Vereena's journey as a multimedia journalism major, particularly her interest in audio journalism, which is my passion. She really performed well on an audio feature assignment in 2020 in my Multimedia Writing and Production course, then she produced the Caravan's podcast and now ... international accolades for her audio work. Proud prof."

For Bishoy, this project was a valuable supplement to her coursework. "I learned a lot about journalism from this project first by applying and practicing what I have learned, but also by listening to high calibers in the field. Hearing their stories and interacting with them was very insightful."

The preparations were intense. "I tried to research Maggie Michael in a lot of depth, and because she is an AUC alumna and a Caravan alumna (like myself), I got to speak to her peers and professors," said Bisohy. "I went through the University Archives and read the article she wrote. I also spoke to one of her editors, Trish Wilson, who is currently working in The Washington Post, which was not only a big deal for me, but it was amazing to see how people saw her and trying to translate that to the project was a beautiful challenge."

Graduate Student Competition 

The graduate student winners are all from the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism's Master of Arts program. 

Haidy Kandil won third place in the Graduate News Competition for her story, "Tahla's Nets" and second place in the Documentary category for her story, "People of Al-Kaaby." 

"I only wanted to do something that I would enjoy while shooting ,not caring very much about whether I’ll win or not. This is what made the awards extra special. I am thankful to all my professors, the AUCTV Team and my family for their constant support and guidance, I could't have make it without them.” 

Haidy Kandil

Nariman Hafez and Aya Nashed won two Awards of Excellence in the Graduate Documentary Competition for their stories, "Ladies of the Palace" and "Musakanat Al Rouh-Rosaries for Zen."

"Ladies of the Palace' is more than just a film; it's a spotlight on a community hidden in the shadows — homeless women on the streets. May this documentary be a catalyst for change, inspiring compassion to address homelessness."

Nariman Hafez

"I have always loved documenting different stories through my camera. Even though I was proud of my documentary, I had zero expectations of winning this competition. It was like reviving my passion for documentaries all over again. Thanks to my professors and special thanks to my family for always supporting me." 

Aya Nashed

The projects were produced as part of the Digital Journalism Capstone course taught by Hussein Amin, director of the Kamal Adham center. 

"It will be wonderful to see the graduate students of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism wave AUC's flag at the prestigious Broadcast Education Association while they receive distinguished global awards at the 2024 Festival of Media Arts during the BEA/National Association of Broadcasters convention activities in Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada," said Amin.

Check out the full list of student winners.