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Media & Journalism Students Win Prestigious Award

Image Byron Banasiak Byron Banasiak, a USD media & journalism senior whose video about D-Days won a broadcast award.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Two seniors in the University of South Dakota Department of Media & Journalism won a prestigious broadcasting award for a video they shot about USD’s Dakota Days homecoming celebration.

Byron Banasiak and Mason Horacek received a first-place Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association in the soft feature category of the student market television contest. They received it earlier this month at the Midwest Journalism Conference.

The D-Days Video” has been viewed more than 57,000 times on YouTube alone.

Banasiak, who works in USD’s university relations office, and Horacek, who’s interning for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, both graduate next month and plan to pursue careers in visual arts.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News