Tara Schumal, a senior in the Diederich College of Communication, will be honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association with the Student Leadership Award for her role as general manager of MUTV. She will receive the award at the WBA Student Seminar in Madison on March 2.
Schumal oversees operations of the student-run MUTV, which provides streamed or simulcast live television content and provides video content for the Marquette Wire. Her responsibilities include managing MUTV news, sports and entertainment producers, a production director and production personnel, and a live remote coordinator, while working closely with desk editors in determining which stories, special projects and journal stories warrant video.
Schumal started by volunteering at MUTV as a freshman; she was hired as a production assistant the following year and promoted to production director as a junior.
Schumal was nominated for the award by Mark Zoromski, director of student media at Marquette.
“Tara has taken our station to new heights by carefully and clearly articulating a culture and vision for MUTV,” Zoromski said . “She trains, encourages and empowers every student who walks into our television studios. Tara is a tireless optimist who leads with kindness, grace and style.”
This is the second consecutive honor by the Wisconsin Broadcast Association for a Marquette student. Ian Schrank was recognized last year for his role as general manager of MU Radio.