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Geidner Wins Two National Tellys 

Geidner and his students setup cameras for an interview. / Photo by Hayden Antal

School of Journalism and Electronic Media associate professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner won two national Telly Awards for social videos he produced during the pandemic.

“I’m really excited about these awards, because we were really limited in what we were able to safely produce during the work-at-home period of the pandemic,” Geidner said. “So to have some of that work — produced under such limitations — awarded is really an honor.”

Geidner won a Silver Telly in the social-news and informational category for an explainer video he created about the FDA’s emergency use authorization process. The video featured University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor Brian Winbigler.


He also won a Bronze Telly Award for a piece of video commentary he created about standardized tests for K-12 education during the pandemic.


In addition to producing these pieces, Geidner used the production process to develop a model for teaching students in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media how to create high-quality, well-produced social videos. He is currently using that model on a TVA-funded video series, called JobPop, coming to East Tennessee PBS this fall.