WJSU was among the winners in the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press competition honoring the best in broadcast journalism and newspaper during the annual AP awards dinner Saturday night.
Robert “Rob Jay” Jeuitt, interim general manager of JSU TV, won first place in the Sportscast or Sports Program Category. The judges described his work as “excellent production and good use of sound and music.”
“This a tremendous honor not only for myself but for Jackson State University,” said Jeuitt. “Our staff at WJSU and JSU TV is small compared to those we compete against and to be recognized for our work is tremendous for our students and our department.”
Eric Walker, JSU TV senior producer and anchor, won a second place award in the Achievement Category for his coverage of the Cindy Hyde-Smith election controversy that garnered national attention.Walker also received second place in the Short Feature Story Category “Medgar Evers 55 years later.” The judges described Walker’s work as a “good collection of strong voices speaking to a historical tragedy and its resonance more than half a century later.”
Former WJSU News Director Dwain Doty won second place in the Long Feature Story Category for his piece “Victims of Crime Tree Lighting Ceremony,” which the judges called the sensitive handling of a sad, but hopeful story of the triumph of human spirit over tragedy.
“Winning these awards is a testament to the high standards we have set at WJSU and JSU-TV,” said Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.
“Working together in unity stimulates growth and creativity in the broadcast division of the department.”
The annual contest for AP-member broadcasters and newspapers was conducted by the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Broadcasters and Media Editors and sponsored by the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing thousands of U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.
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