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Florida A&M students honored at Sports Emmy Awards for film about NFL Hall of Famer


Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication students were recognized during the 45th annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York for a documentary about the school’s most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame member.

FAMU students Jonathan David, Darnell Walker, Germanie Bozeman, Tristian Hutton, and Jalon Howard received the 2024 Coca-Cola HBCU Sports Production grant for the seven-minute documentary “Field Trip,” which portrays the late Pro Football Hall of Famer and FAMU alum Ken Riley.

The project was completed under the guidance of FAMU TV-20 General Manager Edward Thomas.

Howard, a current FAMU football player, Rattler, portrayed Riley in the film, while the other students were involved in the production.

The award marks the second consecutive year FAMU journalism students have received recognition from the program.

The winning submission was noted for its creative video and essay addressing the competition’s theme, “The Past, Present, and Future.” The film poignantly portrays Riley and his enduring impact on the sport.

The students were awarded a $40,000 grant during the ceremony. The contest was sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences .oland the Coca-Cola Company.

Jonathan David, “Field Trip’s” director, producer and writer, expressed his gratitude for the competition while reflecting on FAMU SJGC’s second consecutive win and lauding the dedication and talent exhibited by all the participating students.

“This grant was established to help cultivate more diversity in sports, media and journalism,” David, who graduated spring 2024.

The Coca Cola HBCU Sports Production Grant competition, a collaboration with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was established to highlight the outstanding talents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the realm of sports media.

Courtesy: Florida A&M University

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