YSU Homework Express wins international acclaim

The crew of Homework Express

The crew of Homework Express on the set.

Youngstown State University’s Homework Express, a call-in homework help television show now in its eighth season, is being honored by the Broadcast Education Association.

The show, aired live from the television studios in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus, placed second in BEA’s national competition and will be featured at the international BEA Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas April 7 to 10. Homework Express, which has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award, competed in the Studio Production category of the Student Video Competition.

“This is yet another indicator of the quality of our program and our talented students whose commitment and hard work are at the core of Homework Express’ ongoing success,” said Fred Owens, YSU professor of communications and coordinator of the Homework Express project.

The crew for Homework Express, including writers, line producers and directors, are students in the YSU Telecommunications Studies program in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The Dec. 6, 2012, episode of the show was submitted to the competition by Jeff Hogan, a junior Telecommunication major and producer of the episode. Students Bradley Kolasinski, the episode’s director, and Jenna Frederick, who produced a segment on bullying for the episode, also will receive awards. The submission was presented on behalf of the entire crew.

Homework Express competed against colleges from around the country, including the University of Oklahoma, Michigan State University, Ithaca College, San Francisco State University and Kent State University.

BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. Members include more than 1,600 professors, students and media professionals and about 275 college and university departments and schools.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award-winning student work chosen in the following competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports and video. The student competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Homework Express, designed to help middle school students with their math homework, is broadcast to more than a million households throughout northeast Ohio. Live programs are broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Time Warner Channel 23 and Armstrong Channel 20. Repeats air on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on MyYTV on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The program is only partially funded by YSU. The remainder of funding comes from underwriting sponsorships. Owens said underwriting sponsors are needed, including participating sponsors whose announcements appear throughout the program, as well as in-kind sponsors who provide gifts awarded to student callers. Interested sponsors should contact Owens at fowens@ysu.edu or 330-941-1855.

The crew for the award-winning episode included the following YSU students:

Ashley Barnette, Technical Director, Youngstown.
Rose Bonilla, Call Screener, Poland, Ohio.
Jenna Frederick, Camera & Segment Producer, Niles, Ohio.
Margaret Gilmore, Floor Director, Austintown, Ohio.
Justice Grant, Camera, Erie, Pa.
Tyler Hawkins, Camera, Berlin Center, Ohio.
Jeffrey Hogan, Line Producer, Williamsfield, Ohio.
Herman Horkey, Call Screener, Hubbard, Ohio.
Bradley Kolasinski, Director, Chardon, Ohio.
Kevin Lawson, Teleprompter Operator, Hubbard, Ohio.
Kevin Linger, Segment Host, Negley, Ohio.
Peter Naudad, SMART Board Operator, Warren, Ohio.
James Stickel, Graphics, New Middletown, Ohio.
Blake Waddell, Audio, Vienna, Ohio.
Jeff White, Production Assistant, New Middletown, Ohio.
Tyler Williams, Server Operator, Warren, Ohio.

The following teachers answered callers’ questions on air: Amy Burd and Tom Burd of Warren G. Harding High School; Kristy Fill of Girard High School; and Judy Moschella of Volney Rogers Junior High School.

Homework Express is hosted by Kelly Stevens. Bill Brophy is executive producer; Amy Crawford is senior producer; Jim Dolan is studio engineer; and Fred Owens is project director.