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Communication student wins BEA Festival of Media Arts award

BOONE—The creativity of a senior in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication has garnered honors from the 2014 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.

Katie Bially, a senior electronic media broadcasting major, won second place in BEA’s commercial category. Her 60-second commercial, “Which Wich Sandwiches,” was one of more than 1,300 entries in this year’s competition. Bially’s winning commercial can be heard at

Bially’s submission was part of work done in Steve Smith’s Audio Production II class. Since 2007, Smith’s students at Appalachian have won a total of 28 national audio awards from BEA. Smith is a lecturer in the Department of Communication. He is retiring this semester.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition and a national showcase for student work. Prizes will be awarded during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts April 6-9, in Las Vegas.