Professor Newman receives Governor’s Award

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Professor Newman receives Governor’s Award

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Megan Robinson, Staff Writer

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Betsy Newman, WPDM adjunct professor, is one of three recipients of this year’s annual Governor’s Award in the Humanities.

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“I’ve known for about three weeks now, and it is very gratifying for my work to be recognized in this way,” Newman said.

Newman is an award-winning documentary and web content producer for South Carolina ETV, the state PBS affiliate. She worked as a video artist, documentary producer and media educator in New York City before moving back to her home state of South Carolina.

The other award recipient is Charles T. Ferillo Jr., activist and filmmaker.  A posthumous award will be presented to John Stringer Rainey, an attorney and political and philanthropic fundraiser from Camden.

“All three of us worked on ‘A Seat at the Table,’ and I wondered if that’s why we were all nominated,” Newman said.

“A Seat at the Table” is an ETV documentary that was a call to action about race in America, more specifically South Carolina.

Newman has produced 12 documentaries. Her latest is “Between the Waters,” an interactive, virtual tour of the Hobcaw Barony.

Hobcaw Barony is a privately owned research reserve located on the coast near Georgetown, South Carolina.

“Professor Newman has been so supportive and understanding in helping me figure things out in my career,” Brynna Gregg, English-literary studies major, said. Gregg is an intern working at ETV with Newman.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing her in different settings and networking while working on ‘Between the Waters’,” Gregg said.

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