MCJ alum’s radio feature wins national award

Tyler Bartlam, a Media, Communications and Journalism major who graduated from Fresno State in December, won first place in the Radio Feature Reporting Category from the Broadcast Education Association‘s Festival of Media Arts.

Bartlam’s feature talks to Kat Nijmeddin, a Muslim Fresno State student who is a senior in Art and Design. Nijmeddin has encountered hate and vitriol because of her religion since the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.

“I found Kat [Nijmeddin] via Twitter on Election Night,” Bartlam wrote about her entry. “Her tweet was a powerful statement as to how she felt as a Muslim woman in America during the 2016 presidential election. I reached out to her and kept reading her tweets. I realized she received a lot of harassment from Twitter trolls about her hijab.”

Bartlam’s feature, “#WeAreKat: Kat Nijmeddin,” can be heard here. Bartlam’s story came out of the MCJ 177T radio reporting course and aired on KFSR.

The Festival of Media Arts, a national showcase for student work, seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication.

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