Denton native wins collegiate award


DENTON — Denton native Rebekkah Napier was part of an Anderson University video-production team that won statewide honors from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in May.

Napier graduated this month from Anderson University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in cinema and media arts. Her parents are Robert and Danette Napier of Denton.

As part of her major, Napier was on the award-winning crew for a sports program called “Raven Watch.” The weekly program focuses on Anderson’s varsity athletic teams, whose mascot is the Raven.

The show won both first- and second-place awards in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s “best video” category. This follows national recognition that the program has received in the past two years.

Produced by students in AU’s Department of Communication and Design Arts, Raven Watch is a joint production of the University’s Black Bird Media Lab and the student newspaper, the Andersonian.

In the ICPA awards program, judges wrote: “This is amazingly well produced and narrated. This is better than many professional media outlets would be able to create. Nice work from the [on-camera talent]. The mic’ing of the coach added a completely different element to this that puts it over the top.”

“We have some incredibly talented students—16 in all—who work very hard on the show, and Rebekkah has been an integral part of the team,” said Dr. David Baird, chair of the AU Department of Communication and Design Arts.

Production of “Raven Watch” had to be suspended after spring break because of COVID-19, but past episodes are available at

“After hours of shooting in the heat or the bitter cold plus hours more of editing the footage, we produced a five-minute clip that most of the world will never see,” Napier said. “The Indiana Collegiate Press Association saw it and recognized our hard work and awarded us for it. I’m just so happy to be appreciated. This award is very encouraging for me and the other seniors who are heading out into the world. Now we know that somebody cares about what we do.”

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