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JCJC newspaper wins national honor

Tuesday, April 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Jones County Junior College student newspaper, the Radionian, recently won first place in a national newspaper competition, the David L. Adams Apple Awards.

The national competition, part of the annual Spring National College Media Convention, is a best-of-show contest. The Radionian competed in the category of best two-year college newspapers. Other contest categories included best four-year school newspaper, best newscast, best magazine spread, best radio promo and best print ad.

Coming in second place in the two-year newspaper category was The Communicator of Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington; third place was The Hudsonian of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

A total of 150 two-year colleges and universities were present for the New York conference and awards, such as California State University, Columbia University, Georgia State University, Manchester Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Pepperdine University, Rutgers University and Westchester Community College. 

The convention offered more than 250 sessions, special events and activities for students and advisors in print, online and broadcast. Also offered were tours to places such as Bloomberg, Democracy Now, Good Morning America, Fox News, Sirius XM, Vice and Yahoo Finance. 

Jones student and Radionian entertainment editor Py’Necious Cowart attended a tour to WNET, the flagship PBS station for New York City, which produces such PBS series as Nature, Great Performances and American Masters. Jones advisor Kelly Atwood chaperoned a group of students to ProPublica, the independent nonprofit newsroom known for Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalism.

Jones is the only college in Mississippi that attended the conference. The Radionian students participate in fundraisers during the year to pay for the trip.

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CUTLINE—The JCJC Radionian recently won first place in the two-year newspaper category at the Spring National College Media Convention. Pictured with the David L. Adams Apple Award are, left to right, Radionian Features Editor Julia Berry of Laurel, Entertainment Editor Py’Necious Cowart of Tylertown, Sports Editor Olivia Ward and Opinions Editor Baylee Walter, both of Richland; and News Editor Alyssa Pearce of Columbia.

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