freelance creative producer
Last weekend I attended the National Student Television Awards and Conference, better known as NaSTA. The weekend consisted of exactly what it says on the tin; awards and conferences. This year my station SonarTV entered the awards for the first ever time with a hefty twelve category submissions. We had never submitted any content previously so the weekend was quite nerve-wracking.
Sadly we weren’t successful in any of the categories we entered, but we did receive a ‘NaSTY’ (a joke award) for being the station with “Rainbow Hair”. (Most of the girls at our station have brightly dyed hair.) Reflecting on the awards, however, it was fair to say that we underestimated how much higher the bar was than we were were expecting. We were genuinely impressed at the level of quality and skill on offer throughout student TV across the country.
The conference and awards was held at Nottingham University and organised by NUTS, their student TV station. The awards ceremony was a spectacle in itself with pyrotechnics and guest appearances from various industry professionals, and the conference sessions were incredibly useful. Although we left empty handed, attending the conference was a great insight into how other students run their Television stations and what sort of content they produce and I hope to use this knowledge to better improve my station, SonarTV. Maybe next year we’ll win Best Broadcaster?