CSUF News Service
Titans Win Prestigious College Television Award
Dec. 18, 2019; updated June 1, 2020
Update: "Al Día," Cal State Fullerton's student-produced Spanish-language newscast, won the university's first-ever College Television Award in the Best TV News category from the Television Academy Foundation.
"What a special milestone for CSUF," said Jesus Ayala, lecturer in communications and "Al Día" faculty adviser. "I am thankful to the entire team for allowing me to be a part of their journey. I knew they were winners from the start, and now the judges from the Television Academy have spoken and there is no denying it. I am extremely proud — they have set such a wonderful example for those who will come after them."
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Eight Cal State Fullerton students and alumni can proudly say their work has undergone scrutiny similar to that given to professional television programs for the Emmy Awards — judgment by Television Academy members — and stood out as exceptional.
Alumni Viviana Borroel '19 (B.A. Spanish), Jessica Cardenas '19 (B.A. communications-journalism), Maricela Perez '19 (B.A. communications-journalism), Regina Yurrita '19 (B.A. communications-journalism) and students Rita La Vau, Xochilt Lagunas, Tania Thorne and Dominic Torres created the Spanish-language newscast "Al Día: A Border Emergency," which has been nominated for a College Television Award. The award recognizes and rewards excellence in student-produced programs and is designed to emulate the Emmys.
"Al Día: A Border Emergency" is one of only 25 nominees from more than 374 student productions submitted by 112 colleges and universities nationwide.
Competing against two other schools in the news category for a $3,000 cash prize, the "Al Día" team will find out if they've won on Saturday, March 21, at the Television Academy Foundation's 40th College Television Awards ceremony in North Hollywood.
"CSUF is creating one of the finest bilingual journalism programs in the country and others are taking notice," says Jesus Ayala, lecturer in communications and "Al Día" faculty adviser. "The fact that eight Latino students from a Hispanic-serving institution are competing at the highest level possible with bilingual content is a milestone that will go down in our school's history."
Learn more about "Al Día" on its web page.