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Last 5 entries for 2020

MSU students and faculty win several Associated Press awards

March 17, 2020 (Tuesday)
While the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors' April 18 awards ceremony has been canceled, AP has released some good news. MSU students won ten awards across a variety of categories including:


Feature: Mary Madeline LaMastus, Mississippi St Univ-The Reflector, "Bob Swanson: instructor and 'Singing Weatherman'

Layout & Design: Hannah Blankenship, Mississippi St Univ-The Reflector


Feature Story: Richard Hill, Mississippi St Univ-Take 30 News, "MSU Homecoming King"

Videographer: Parker Lee, Mississippi St Univ-Take 30 News

Weathercast: Danielle Davis, Mississippi St Univ-MSTV; Jake Eshpeter, Mississippi

St Univ-MSTV

Continuing Coverage: Anne Elizabeth Buys, Mississippi St Univ-Take 30 News,

"Mississippi Flooding."

General Excellence (Television): Mississippi St Univ-Take 30 News.


Website: The Reflector, Mississippi St Univ-The Reflector

Multi-Media Journalist: Mary Madeline LaMastus, Mississippi St Univ-The Reflector, "Bob Swanson: Instructor and Singing Weatherman"

In the professional competition, Terry Likes, head of the Department of Communication, won two awards for Use of Sound and Long Feature Story for his report: "Fake News Blues: A Credibility Crisis for Journalism.' The Impact of Fake News Allegations on Media Organizations and Audience Trust" which aired on WMSV-FM.

According to the AP, first, second and third-Place winners will be announced on a date to be determined. The awards will be mailed to each organization.

MSU speech and debate team excels in both speech and debate

March 03, 2020 (Tuesday)
The MSU Speech and Debate Team competed in three tournaments this weekend. At the District IV tournament for individual speaking events (hosted by The University of Alabama), Dawn Jackson placed 5th in the final round of impromptu speaking, and 6th in the final round of informative. Nate Williams placed 7th in the final round of extemporaneous speaking. Delaney Reed placed 3rd in Poetry Interpretation, which qualifies her to compete alongside teammate Mia Robertson in the prestigious AFA-NIET tournament later this spring.
At the Black Warrior Invitational, in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Jackson placed 5th in impromptu and 4th in informative speaking, Williams placed 4th in extemporaneous speaking, Reed placed 2nd in poetry interpretation, and Robertson earned 1st place in persuasive speaking. The team earned the 3rd place team sweepstakes award.
The debate squad competed at Arkansas Tech University. Josh McCoy and Alicia Brown paired up for team debate, finishing as semi finalists in the second swing of the tournament. Brown won the 2nd place speaker award for this swing, while McCoy won the same award in the first swing. Mayukh Datta finished as a quarterfinalist in the novice division, and earned the 5th place speaker award. Tyler Melvin and Nirmal Bhatt finished as quarterfinalists in the junior varsity division. Bhatt also earned the 5th place speaker award for JV. In addition to team debate, Alicia Brown competed in the varsity debate division and finished as a semi finalist. Her effort throughout the weekend resulted in winning the Top Performer Cup. Overall, the team combined to earn the 2nd place debate sweepstakes award.

Speech and debate team earns victory at invitational tournament

February 25, 2020 (Tuesday)
The Mississippi State University Speech and Debate Council found success again this weekend. The team competed in the 12th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Tournament hosted by Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, LA.
In the individual speaking events portion of the tournament, Mia Robertson won first place for her persuasive speech. She also won third place in extemporaneous speaking, with Tyler Melvin coming in fifth place. In the debate portion of the tournament, Josh McCoy finished as a double-octofinalist in varsity, while Amanda Kronenberger (novice), Nirmal Bhatt (junior varsity), Tyler Melvin (junior varsity), and Luke Acuff (varsity) finished as octofinalists. Tyler also won the 4th place speaker award in his division. Alicia Brown finished as a quarterfinalist in the varsity division, while Mia Robertson finished on top of the field of 54 competitors in the junior varsity division. Josh McCoy and Alicia Brown also paired up for partner debate, and finished as quarter-finalists.
Out of 30 participating schools, the MSU squad earned 3rd place in individual events, 4th place in debate, and 4th place overall.

MSU students win numerous awards at regional journalism competition

February 15, 2020 (Saturday)
The 2020 awards presentation for the best in broadcast, print and online journalism was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Southeast Journalism Conference, hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
MSU students from three different Communication concentrations won sixteen total awards. SEJC has two competitions. Its "Best of the South" contest features student work from throughout the past year. These awards include twenty-three individual awards along with eight school categories.
The sixteen awards represent the third highest total for MSU in the last twenty years and the most since 2005. According to Dr. Terry Likes, Head of the Department of Communication, "These phenomenal students have had a stellar year. It is nice to see their hard work paying off with this kind of recognition. I'd also like to commend the faculty, and those that oversee campus media (Reflector, WMSV, Take 30 News, PRISM) for their hard work for preparing our students for excellence."
The Southeast Journalism Conference is a vibrant learning community of journalists honing their craft through professional development and the Best of the South Collegiate Journalism Competition. An organization comprised of nearly 50 member colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, SEJC was created to encourage greater interest in student journalism and to form closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States.

Two communication professors win national broadcast awards

February 12, 2020 (Wednesday)
The 2020 Broadcast Education Association awards have been announced and two faculty in the Department of Communication have earned honors for their creative scholarship. Instructor Jason Hibbs, and Department Head Terry Likes, were among over 1,700 who entered the BEA Festival of Media Arts.
In the category of Television Hard News Reporting, Hibbs won Best of Competition for his multimedia compilation from his freelance work for WCBI-TV. For Hibbs, it is his first BEA award. Earlier this month, Hibbs was also honored by the National Broadcasting Society for his work on a screenplay.
In the category of Feature News Reporting, Likes won an Award of Excellence for his report, Fake News Blues: A Credibility Crisis for Journalism. The report aired in December on WMSV-FM. For Likes, it is his fifteenth BEA award in the last twenty years.
The BEA Festival of Media Arts represented over 300 colleges and universities in the following competitions: audio, documentary, film & video, interactive multimedia, international, news, scriptwriting, sports and two-year colleges. BEA's Festival of Media Arts winners will be spotlighted at the BEA annual convention in Las Vegas, April 18-21.