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            COSTA MESA, Calif. (June 9, 2014) – The 48th Annual California Student Media Festival held its awards ceremony on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The festival is the nation’s oldest student media festival and exists to celebrate the outstanding media and multimedia projects produced by California’s brightest students and teachers.     

            This year, a total of 82 awards were presented to 47 elementary and secondary schools from across the Golden State. The awards ceremony brought in over 500 students, parents and teachers to the Harmony Gold Preview House in Los Angeles. The event consisted of highlights from winning entries, red carpet interviews, and Academy Awards-style acceptance speeches.

            Grand Prize winning schools were chosen to receive a cash grant for winning the best overall entry in their respective divisions. The Grand Prize winners include Carpenter Community Charter School in Studio City for Best Overall Elementary with Sir Francis Drake ($1,000), Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks for Best Overall Middle School with to Confronting #8 ($1,000), and Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles for Best Overall Secondary with My Digital Story ($1,000). Among the schools to receive recognition, Mission Middle School in Escondido received the most individual classroom awards with four wins.

            Highlights from the 48th Annual Student Media Festival will be televised on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCaL. The festival was made possible by a partnership between PBS SoCaL and CUE, as well as support from eighth-year presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo. For a complete list of winners and videos, please visit http://www.mediafestival.org/


About the California Student Media Festival

            Since 1967, students from grades K-12 across the state have been submitting original video and multimedia projects on a wide-range of curricular subjects for consideration to the festival, vying for recognition of the educators who serve the festival as its volunteer corps of judges. The Festival strongly encourages project-based learning and meaningful student work in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work. The Festival believes that:

1. Students are capable of extremely high level work, beginning at very early grades

2. Media and multimedia are excellent tools for students

3. Video and multimedia should be integrated into the regular subject-area curriculum

4. Rewarding exemplary work and good school programs encourages more of both.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and is dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California. With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

About CUE

            Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

About Wells Fargo

            Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.

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