February 21, 2018  

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Broadcast Journalism Students Sweep Mississippi Associated Press Awards

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For the second year in a row, University of Southern Mississippi Broadcast Journalism students swept the Mississippi Associated Press College/University Contest, taking home six awards.

The students were lead by associate professor and broadcast journalism sequence head Dr. Mary Lou Sheffer. Sheffer has more than 10 years experience working in a professional broadcast newsroom.

“Winning the AP award is a great way to start my career,” said Keona Anderson, a senior from Hurley, Miss. “Having Dr. Sheffer as my professor has prepared me for the real world. She taught me to step outside my comfort zone and really challenge myself.”

Southern Miss won 1st place in the following categories:

Best TV Newscast Hub City TV (episode 7 Madeleine K. Albright)

  • Keona Anderson of Hurley, Miss. - Producer
  • Ali Holston of Hurley, Miss. - Anchor/Reporter
  • Nathan Johnson of SoSo, Miss. - Reporter
  • Jessica Richmond of Gulfport, Miss. - Reporter
  • Austin Simmons of Mandeville, La. – Reporter
  • Holli Quiroz of Petal, Miss. – Reporter

Best Sportscast: Hub City TV

  • JCJC Soccer Champs – Austin Simmons

Best TV News Story

  • Southern Miss Football Shooting – Ali Holston

Southern Miss placed 3rd in the following categories:

Best Sportscast

  • Southern Miss Community Reacts to Shooting – Austin Simmons

Best TV News Story

  • Madeleine K. Albright Visit – Ali Holston

Best TV Feature

  • Hattiesburg Stench – Tara Martin

To see the complete list of winners, visit www.ap.org/mississippi/broadcast.html.