“The envelope, please…”
Maybe he won’t be winning an “Emmy,” but Clayton State University Associate Professor of Journalism Dr. Randy Clark is a judge for the Emmys, in both the states of New York and Texas.
Clark was a judge for the New York Emmys last week, viewing news stories online and subsequently voting online. In 2013, he was similarly a judge for news stories the Texas Emmys.
“I judged news stories, specifically in the political reporting category,” he says. “I probably saw 30 individual stories from all over the state.”
Although not a member, Clark is on the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences mailing list; going back more than 10 years to when he was on the faculty at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Clark explains that the academy sends out emails asking for volunteers to judge news stories and then review the volunteers' credentials and decide on who is qualified to be an Emmy judge. Since Clark has taught journalism for 25 years, it would seem pretty clear that he’s well-qualified. He also notes that the Emmys ask for judges outside the city being judged, to avoid possible conflicts of interest, hence his involvement with the New York and Texas Emmys.
A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.