The University of Southern Maine’s Communications and Media Studies Department has selected USM Media Studies majors Hunter Mahon, of Palermo, and Cullen McIntyre, of Saco, to receive the 2020–21 Maine Association of Broadcasters Award.
Funded by the Maine Association of Broadcasters, the scholarships are awarded annually to high-achieving USM Media Studies majors who intend to pursue careers in broadcasting and communications after graduation. Recipients at USM are selected through a process of nomination and voting by Communications and Media Studies faculty.
2020–21 Maine Broadcasters Association Award recipient and filmmaker Hunter Mahon of Palermo, Maine.
Mahon, an Erskine Academy graduate who is pursuing minors in Audio/Video Production and Marketing, became an experienced filmmaker at USM and has collaborated on several productions with classmates. For her Advanced Narrative Filmmaking class, she served as assistant director and camera operator for the full-length feature “In the Midst of the Mountains,” which she and her classmates shot in White Mountain National Forest in late winter 2020.
“It was a tremendous learning experience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with some very talented people on the project,” Mahon said. “I love creating content and telling stories. That's why I love filmmaking so much.”
2020–21 Maine Broadcasters Association Award recipient and Free Press Editor-in-Chief Cullen McIntyre.
McIntyre, who graduated from Thornton Academy, is the co-host of the WPMG radio talk show “Sports Jam” and editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press. His leadership of the campus newspaper involves overseeing a staff of 16 student writers, photographers and designers as well as all content and production. He also is a staff writer for the paper’s news and sports sections and has served as sports editor.
“Serving as Editor-in-Chief at the Free Press has been an incredible learning experience for me,” McIntyre said. “In terms of where I want to go with my degree, I think the position is giving me invaluable hands-on experience through working in field of journalism, and it's preparing me for the career options I want to pursue after graduation.”