Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University students in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication have won top awards at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association 2018 Awards ceremony in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, April 13. Industry professionals awarded students top awards in four of the 16 categories including:
- First Place: Best Digital/Website Content: Monica Myrick, FAMU-TV, Tallahassee, “Walk With Me.”
- First Place: Best Hard News Feature Short Format: Morgan Martin, FAMU-TV, Tallahassee, “Florida’s Red Tide.”
- Second Place: Best Light Feature: Short Format: Cierra Richardson, FAMU-TV, Tallahassee, “Farm Share Hurricane Michael.”
- Second Place: Best Light Feature: Long Format: Giselle Thomas and Kiah Lewis, FAMU-TV, Tallahassee, “Loneliness; the Solution.”
Professor Kenneth Jones, journalism program coordinator, says this year’s students have really raised the bar for future Rattlers.
“The awards this year really show the great diversity of journalistic skills and storytelling among our students” said Jones.
Cierra Richardson, a senior from Jacksonville, was a finalist in the short light feature category for her news package about food relief efforts after Hurricane Michael. “Being recognized for my coverage during Hurricane Michael proved to me that hard work does not go unnoticed,” said Richardson.
Seven college radio and television stations submitted 50 entries in the contest, that featured news and sports stories from 2018. FAMU students competed against the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami, among others.
Dr. Michelle Ferrier, dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, said the students have produced award-winning work that competes head-to-head against any Florida university.
“Our students are excelling in producing top-quality news and information that serves our campus and surrounding communities,” Ferrier said. “They are breaking news and competing with professional media outlets. We are so proud of their accomplishments and the recognition that their excellent work brings to the school.”
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.
The School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University offers programs in journalism, public relations and graphic communication and serves more than 500 undergraduate majors on the Tallahassee campus.