April 23rd, 2013 by masscomm
By Lynda LeDean
A select group of students from Jackson State’s University Department of Mass Communications shone brightly at the 2013 Associated Press Awards at the Mississippi Children’s Museum on April 20.
This year’s ceremony brought together outstanding student and professional broadcast talent from throughout the Magnolia State. Representatives from Jackson State University, along with University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi, attended.
Students competed in the categories of Best College Radio and Best College Television with subcategories for each genre. Winners within the JSU Mass Communications Department were sports reporter Reyanna Stowes and Shawn Stiff for the shows “Sports Hub” and “Before the Whistle.”
“This is an honor for me to win these awards and especially as a sophomore,” Stowes said. ” The awards really motivate me to work even harder towards my goal of becoming a sports reporter for ESPN.”
Also placing in the competition were Zion Pyatt and Andrew Nomura for the news story “ Nolan Ryan Henderson Candle Light Vigil,” a piece that honored the memory of the slain JSU student.
Documentary and feature story winners were students Cammrynn Stith and Lanis Leggett for “We Did It” and “Love for the Green,” which chronicled Stith, who is a member of the JSU Lady Golf Team and her love of the sport. Leggett, who served as director of the piece, was also named the first recipient of the $500 Timothy R. Brown Scholarship Award for the Jackson State University Department of Mass Communications.
“It feels great to be recognized and awarded when doing something that I love,” Leggett said. “I am always thankful to God for everything. I thank Dr. (Sunny) Fridge for having confidence in me to participate in this competition. Also, I am very thankful to my video partner, Cammryn Stith, for collaborating with me on both projects.”
The evening’s big winner, Kourtney C. Paige, took home awards in numerous radio categories including sports, feature story and newscast for WJSU radio. Under the direction of news director L.A. Warren, Paige has won several Associated Press awards and was honored at the ceremony as the first student to receive the $500 Timothy R. Brown Scholarship Award for Radio.
Dr. Sunny Fridge, director of programs and manager of TigerTV, encourages students to participate in the statewide competition each year as a way to show their skills in broadcast journalism on a nationally recognized platform.
Feature Story 3rd Place. Kourtney C. Paige, WJSU, ” Stamps Burgers.”
Sportscast, sports story or sports program: 3rd Place. Kourtney C. Paige, WJSU, ” (12-12-12).”
2012 Timothy R. Brown Scholarship Award for Radio: Kourtney C. Paige of Jackson State University.
April 18th, 2013 by masscomm
By Shannon Tatum
Blue & White Flash/Graduate Student
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and digital media were the focus of Jackson State University’s Department of Mass Communications annual Mass Comm Day celebration: “Creating and Engaging in a Digital World,” held April 18 at the Mississippi e-Center@ JSU.
Panel discussions were conducted by distinguished media practitioners, some of whom where JSU mass communications alumni. They included JSU alum Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, CEO of OurGlass Media Group; Jason Thompson, vice president of marketing for Fahrenheit Creative Group; Alex McDaniel, social media editor for The Clarion-Ledger; JSU alum Jessica Simien, entertainment blogger; JSU alum Kristian Weatherspoon, digital media specialist for Mississippi Public Broadcasting; and Thomas Broadus, director of interactive and new media for The Focus Group.
Newspaper veteran Wanda Lloyd, whose experience includes USA TODAY, the Freedom Forum and mid-sized daily newspapers/websites, shared insight from her 20-plus years of journalism experience during the day’s luncheon.
She stressed that having a good foundation built on the basics — such as good writing, critical thinking and accuracy, are important in every media platform.
Her laundry list of tips for good multimedia journalists include knowing that traditional rules apply when using social media and to assume that everything you write can become public.
“Be able to deliver in multimedia platforms,” said the recently retired executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, where she transformed the news operation from one that was print-centric to digital-first.
“Good writing is the foundation to everything we do in media. Students should understand writing for print is fun, that more people see it,” Lloyd said in a one-on-one session with students following the lunch. “It has a lasting impression. Broadcasting, its there and gone but when you write for print you have something to hold on to for life.”
“You need to have a fire in your belly kind of passion in order to be a writer; for those who don’t have a passion for writing, you’re not going to be successful.”
A new feature at this year’s event was a two-part student showcase to give mass communications students an opportunity to present an online portfolio and a creative multimedia public service/PR campaign using the theme “Alumni Giving Back to the Department of Mass Communications.”
The first place winner of the PR campaign competition was Dominique McCraney, a senior computer engineering major from Greenville, Miss. and four-year contributor to The Blue & White Flash and eXperience Magazine. She also is the 2013 JSU eYearbook editor.
“Today’s Mass Comm Day really brought to the forefront the fact that media and technology go hand in hand,” said McCraney. “Working with Student Publications as a computer engineering major has diversified my skills and hopefully will make me more marketable in my future career endeavors.”
Diamond Jenkins, a junior mass communications major from Atlanta, Ga., and managing editor of The Blue & White Flash, placed second, and Taylor Bembery, a junior mass communications major from Detroit, Mich., and variety editor of The Blue & White Flash, placed third. Winners received certificates and gift cards ranging from $100 to $25.
Twelve students also submitted online portfolios and were judged on their resumes and three samples of their work from multiple media platforms.
Andrew Nomura, a senior mass communications major from Los Angeles, Calif., placed first; Bembery placed second; and Reyanna Stowes, a sophomore from Vallejo, Calif., placed third. In the student poll, Stowes’ portfolio was voted the best of show by fellow mass communications students.
Many mass communications students in attendance said the speakers for the occasion were very informative.
“Mass Comm Day was great exposure. I now know what I need to do to prepare for this field and what I need to focus on for my future endeavors,” said Megan Moffett, a freshman mass communications major from Dallas, Texas. “I think the speakers were very helpful because they opened my eyes about how I need to start diversifying myself in this field.”
Crystal Killingsworth, a junior mass communications major from Utica, Miss., said the advice from the speakers was what students needed to know.
“After receiving guidance from the speakers at today’s Mass Comm Day, I feel that I am prepared for the media workforce,” said Killingsworth.
Jenkins said she was pleased that this year’s Mass Comm Day gave students a chance to show their talents.
“The Student Showcase was great because when you get accolades for your hard work, it makes you want to work even harder,” said Jenkins. “It also showed us that we have competition in not only our department, but from students at other universities as well. We need to step up our game.”
In addition to mass communication departmental awards and campus media awards to outstanding students, Lanis Leggett, a media production major from Quitman, Miss., received the first Timothy R. Brown Scholarship Award given in memory of Brown, a 1996 mass communications graduate who died in 2010.
Other award winners included the following:
- Tiffany Edmondson, Distinguished Student Award
- Tempestt Coleman, Highest GPA Award
- Andrew Nomura, Multimedia Journalism Award
- Tamika Smith, Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications Award
- Cammrynn Stith, Howard Lett Service Award
- Zion Pyatt, Tiger TV Award
- Jarvis Harris, WJSU 88.5 FM Award
- Mykala Smith, JSU TV Award
- Darell Robinson Jr., University Communications Award
April 15th, 2013 by masscomm
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective college honor society for all academic disciplines, according to its website.
Graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class to be accepted to Phi Kappa Phi.
Tatum, who will earn her master’s degree in May, works as the administrative/production assistant in the JSU Office of Student Publications.
March 18th, 2013 by masscomm
Several Jackson State University mass communications students soon will be able to add “award winning” to their resumes. They are finalists for the prestigious Associated Press Awards College Competition.
TigerTV Sports Director Shawn Stiff and sports anchor Reyanna Stowes are finalists in the Best Sportscast/Program/Story category. Their entries are up for two out of the three awards in that category (Sports Hub and Before the Whistle).
Other schools competing include the University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University.
The first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced during the 2013 Mississippi AP Broadcasters annual awards presentation, which honors the best in broadcast journalism by television and radio broadcasters across the state.
The event will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson. Also, new this year, there will be a job fair before the event so students have an opportunity to network and have their portfolios critiqued.
March 4th, 2013 by masscomm
By Josetta Stutts
Jackson State University mass communications students volunteered at a Valentine’s Day gala Feb. 14 held for members of the Tougaloo and T.L. Love senior citizens centers in Jackson.
“We started this event because Valentine’s Day is a special day, and there’s nobody more special than these seniors,” said Lynda Nolden, coordinator at the Tougaloo Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Center. “A lot of people have donated their time and that makes me feel so good.”
Students in clinical assistant professor Riva Brown Teague’s Introduction to News Reporting, Practicum and Internship classes served food and drinks, conducted interviews, and shot photos and videos during the event.
“These seniors have a lot of wisdom and knowledge, and you can learn from them,” said Gloria Johnson, coordinator at the T.L. Love Community Center. “You don’t always get all your knowledge out of a book.”
The gala is in its third year. Tables were draped in red tablecloths and animal print. Seniors wore red to compliment the “Jungle Love” theme.
The senior citizens and mass comm students were not the only ones attending the gala. Some elected officials and political candidates, including Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Jackson city councilmen Frank Bluntson and Chokwe Lumumba, also attended the event. The students got a chance to practice their interviewing skills on them.
Jackson State students also escorted the seniors inside the gala after the seniors arrived at The Room in limousines. The students also hit the dance floor with the senior citizens, grooving to “The Cupid Shuffle” and other popular dances.
Smiling faces lit up the room as much as the red decor.
“The highlight of my evening was the music and the dance,” said Clementine Mongur, a member of the Tougaloo center.
“It is a positive event for the seniors because it gets the seniors out,” said Tahirah Richardson, food coordinator. “It lets the people know that age shouldn’t be a factor to have a good time.”
Jerrica Culpepper and Latoya Carey contributed to this story.
February 26th, 2013 by masscomm
By Taylor Bembery
Jackson State University mass communications students were recently awarded opportunities to perfect their writing and broadcast skills as a result of excelling in their field.
Jade Hewitt, Andrew Nomura, Shawn Stiff and Michelle Hill Simon are using their mass communications skills to take them to another level.
Hewitt, a junior from Jackson, Miss., and Nomura, a senior from Carson City, Calif., will represent JSU at the 2013 21st Annual NABJ Multimedia Short Course sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists.
The program runs March 20-23 in Greensboro, N.C. The program is designed to help students perfect their camera, editing and newscasting skills.
Jackson Voices is a project of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and The Maynard Institute, which supports diversity in American journalism. The nine-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of Jackson residents with the goal of elevating voices not often heard, particularly within the African-American community.
The program will enable people from the community to report on what they think is most important. If you would like to keep up with their blog entries you can visit voices.clarionledger.com.
February 24th, 2013 by masscomm
- Michelle Hill Simon, a 2010 cum laude graduate with a concentration in broadcast journalism, is pursuing a master’s degree. Read her blog.
- Shawn Stiff, a junior with a concentration in media production, is a native of Jackson, Miss. Read his blog.
February 23rd, 2013 by masscomm
Jackson State University mass communications and business students spread love on Feb. 14 by delivering gift bags filled with personal care items to Methodist Specialty Care Center residents.
2013 marks the third consecutive year that Riva Brown Teague, a clinical assistant professor in the JSU Department of Mass Communications, and her students have participated in community service on Valentine’s Day at the Flowood, Miss., facility.
Students enrolled in Teague’s classes, as well as members of the JSU women’s golf team, donated enough toiletries to fill goodie bags for 43 male and 17 female Methodist residents. Donations included toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, body wash, lotion, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer and facial tissues. Some residents also received JSU items donated by JSU University Communications, and each woman received a red rose.
Cammrynn Stith, 22, a senior mass communications major from Wichita, Kan., embraced the project by rallying her fellow golfers to purchase items to fill all the men’s bags. She also helped package the bags and shot photos of her classmates interacting with Methodist residents.
“As we ventured through the hallways and dispersed the gifts to the residents in the rooms, joy filled our hearts and faces, and you could tell the residents were very excited to see us,” Stith wrote in her class blog. “To be able to bring that much happiness to an individual with something as simple as a smile, hug, conversation, and small gift…is actually one gargantuan gift in itself and very rewarding!”
Jarvis Harris, 24, a senior mass communications major from Jackson, Miss., said he got to do something that made him feel good.
“ I will always remember February 14, 2013, not because it was Valentine’s Day but for all the faces that I helped light up,” Harris wrote in his class blog. “I think we really take things like walking, talking, and thinking for granted. I will forever be thankful for the little things.”
December 30th, 2012 by masscomm
Mass comm senior Tiffany Edmondson of Jackson, Miss., was selected to participate in the PBS Newshour Inauguration Multimedia short course.