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Students in USM’s Student Media Center Honored at Broadcasting Awards

Thu, 04/27/2023 - 09:47am | By: Ashley Lankford


Several student journalists for the Southern Miss Media Center (SM2), housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Media and Communication, were honored at the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) annual Excellence in Broadcasting awards banquet in Jackson earlier this month. 

"As I always tell our students, awards are nice but that’s not why we do what we do: Our Student Media Center is the loudspeaker for the student voice. Our student journalists represent the very best of USM and these many awards across media platforms are recognition of their hard work to show what it means to create, inform and inspire our campus audience,” said Dr. Edgar Simpson, director of the School of Media and Communication.

In total, SM2 students won a combined of 15 awards at the MAB Awards Ceremony, including the Student Printz, the weekly newspaper of SM2, who won first place for Best Series or Investigative Package and for the category of Best Editorials. At the event, SM2 also won the award for Best Website and the Best Use of Social Media. 

One student, Cordaveon Carter, stated that the “growth is just incredible” when referring to his program and the experience of creating content with SM2. He states, “Some of the segments I worked on started off as a side project that really caught on with our audience. To be able to go to MAB Day to get an award and be recognized among all the best journalists and anchors in the state is an incredible accomplishment.”

Austin Lindsey reminisced about the previous year winning awards at the banquet. He states, “It was our second-year winning awards here at the banquet for the MAB. So, of course, it's always good to see local newscasters and connect with them. I always look forward to engaging in conversations and asking for their input on different topics.” Lindsey adds, “Being able to build off of our past success just shows that we are a group of award-winning journalists, and we are a part of one of the most talented programs here in the state of Mississippi.”

Individual and group award winners from the MAB Awards Ceremony are as follows: 

Jackson Howell

First Place, Best Sports News Story

First place, Best Sports Feature Story 

Charlie Luttrell 

First place, Best Sports Photo

Second place, Best Advertisement 

Third place, Best Sports Feature Story

Sarah Kofman 

First place, Best Use of Video

Abigail Troth 

Second place, Best Use of Video 

Garret Grove 

Third place, Best Feature Story

Third place, Best Series or Investigative Package 

Sean Smith 

Second place, Best Sports Photo

Third place, Best General News Photo 

The Student Printz

First place, Best Series or Investigative Package

Best Editorials

Southern Miss Student Media Center

Best Website -

Best Use of Social Media