It was an evening of honors for students, faculty and staff of campus media at Jackson State University at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster’s Awards Banquet. The event, which was held April 18, 2015, honored the best in professional and collegiate broadcasting across the state in 2014.
A total of 19 awards were won with WJSU 88.5FM, the public radio station at JSU, nabbing a first place award in the Professional Radio “Best Spot News Story” category.
Mass Communications students won in ten categories, including several 2nd and third place awards for TigerTV, the campus-run television channel, a third place award for WLEZ 98.1, a community radio station, and several awards for reporting for WJSU. As a journalism educator, and director of programs for TigerTV and faculty host of JSU Connections on WLEZ, it was such a proud moment to see our students receive recognition for their hard work.
I served as host and segment producer for WJSU’s Issues & Images program. This was my first ‘1st place’ award (last year I received a 2nd and 3rd place award), so needless to say I am so proud! Kudos as well to WJSU news director and show producer L.A. Warren; WJSU reporter Kourtney C. Paige; and WJSU engineer Dale Morris. I&I won 1st place for the show’s coverage of the untimely death of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.
AP Judge’s comments: In the wake of the sudden and unexpected death of a city’s mayor, this newscast includes some of the most important voices to hear from — family, the interim mayor, and those who had been close to him and his campaign. (best quote at approximately 5:22 — getting 90 percent of people to agree on something.)
I&I also won third place in the “Best Newscast” category. I&I’s Dwain Doty also won 2nd and third place awards. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Here’s a listen to our WJSU I&I show that won first place in Best Spot News Story:
Winning was such a blessing and a wonderful way to end the semester!