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Duquesne University Documentary on Josh Gibson Wins Telly Award

The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story, a documentary produced by Duquesne University journalism and multimedia arts students, has earned a Telly Award.

This look at Negro Leagues slugger Josh Gibson received honors in the film/video category-TV programs in the 31st annual Telly competition.

The hour-long documentary, produced by undergraduates taught by Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor, and Mike Clark, adjunct professor, is narrated by Pittsburgh broadcasting legend and DU alumnus Bill Hillgrove.

To produce The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story, crews of students traveled to Buena Vista, Ga., Gibson’s hometown, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and other sites.  In Pittsburgh, the students worked closely with Gibson’s grandson, Sean Gibson, and the Josh Gibson Foundation, which has been given rights to the 50-minute DVD.

Besides its premier at Duquesne, the film was previewed at the annual Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Conference in Pittsburgh last summer and aired on WTAE-TV in February in commemoration of Black History Month.

Another Duquesne documentary crew led by James Vota, journalism and multimedia arts instructor, earned a People’s Choice Telly Award for documenting travels along the Pony Express Trail in 7days, 17 hours.

This marks the third consecutive year that a team from Duquesne’s Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts has earned a Telly.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, are a prestigious distinction honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions.

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