State Fair Community College Digital Media Communications student Dawson Propst of Stover received a first-place award from the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA) on April 1 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Propst was recognized for a video he produced featuring Sedalia business No. 5 Bistro & Bar. He competed against students from two- and four-year institutions throughout Missouri.

“Being recognized at the state level for this project is an honor that I will never forget,” Propst said.

Besides attending SFCC full-time, Propst is owner of D-Pro Studio, which mainly produces wedding videos. He said creating the No. 5 Bistro & Bar video allowed him to step outside his comfort zone.

“Editing together this fast-paced promotional piece was a creative challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second,” Propst said. “In addition, working with a local business for my classes at SFCC provided valuable real-world experience that will no doubt help me as I pursue my career in the digital media industry.”

SFCC Digital Media Instructor Tim Oar said Propst has “the inherent flair of a genuine storyteller.”

“Whether it’s crafting a 30-second promo, capturing the unforgettable moments of a wedding or editing a short film, his knack for bringing the various pieces together in an entertaining and engaging way is always a joy to experience,” Oar said. “It’s great to see his work get the recognition it certainly deserves.”

Propst estimates that the two-minute video took about 10 hours to produce. His video can be viewed at

“There is so much more that goes into creating a video like this than most people realize,” he said. “Footage assembly, color correction, music choice, and story development are just a few jobs that take time to get right.”

MBEA was established to “encourage and coordinate educational and instructional activities related to broadcast education,” according to its website. The awards recognize excellence in video and audio production, scriptwriting and multimedia. Broadcast professionals or qualified faculty judge the entries.

SFCC’s Digital Media Communications program prepares students for communication careers by teaching communication, journalism, marketing, and public relations fundamentals and using technologies such as blogs, podcasts, video production, websites, and social media platforms.

Visit to learn more about the program or contact Digital Media Communications Coordinator Sarah Nail at, or (660) 596-7336.

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