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Southern Miss Broadcast Students Take Top Honors at State Competition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Broadcast journalism students in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism took top honors at the Associated Press College University competition in Jackson recently.

Southern Miss students won first place in the three categories of competition they entered. The categories, winners from Southern Miss and submitted projects include the following:

 Best New Story:
1st place: Beth Alexander, senior, Little Rock, Miss. for "Cigarette Tax"

 2nd place: Lauren Moak of McComb, Miss. (graduated fall 2009) for "Magee Tornado"

 Best Feature Story:
1st place: Beth Alexander for "Extreme Food and Water"

             2nd Place: D-Jay Johnson, senior, Richland, Miss. for "Pay It Forward"

 Best Sports Story:
1st place:  - Stefanie McDavid of Ocean Springs, Miss. (graduated fall 2009) for "Purple Dragon"

       3rd place: - Mercer Morrison, senior, Pensacola, Fla. for "Tailgate Drinking"

The broadcast journalism program is under the direction of assistant professor Dr. Mary Lou Sheffer. Participating students get hands-on broadcast experience through their work on Hub City TV. For more information about broadcast journalism and other programs in the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism, online visit; or call 601.266.4258.

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