JSU student wins six 2011 Miss. Broadcasters awards

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University student Kourtney Paige’s name was called six

Kourtney C. Paige

times during the 26th Annual Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster Awards held April 23 at the Capital Towers Building in Jackson. Paige, who hosts shows on both the university’s public radio station (WJSU 88.5FM) and closed-circuit television station (JSUTV-22), won the following awards in the College/University category:

First Place – Best Radio Newscast; First Place – Best Radio Sportscast; First and Second Place – Best Radio News Story; Second Place – Best TV Newscast; and Third Place – Best Radio Feature Story.

“I was so excited that we placed,” said Paige, a senior Mass Communications major from Louise, Miss.  “This was a team effort that included many people such as Gina Carter-Simmers, general manager of WJSU; Dale Morris, station engineer at WJSU; and Olorundare Aworuwa, interim chair of the Mass Communications Department. It was a thrill to accept the awards on behalf of all of them.”

Paige, who also received a $500 scholarship with his Best News Story award, said he produced all of his entries under the close guidance of Sunny Fridge, Ph.D, clinical assistant professor in the Mass Communications Department and L.A. Warren, community and public affairs producer at WJSU 88.5FM, for both of whom he has great respect.

“L.A. Warren is a colleague and a mentor just like Dr. Sunny Fridge. They trust my judgment and have given me the opportunity to strive for greatness. They are two incredible people and I put them both on very high pedestals. Also, JSU22, WJSU and Jackson State University have given me so much. I was proud to showcase our university at the awards and I will continue to do this even after I finish my degree. I will never forget to give back.”

Another Jackson State student, Maurice Richardson, also was honored during the ceremony, receiving the second place award for Best Radio Feature Story in the College/University category. In the Professional Radio category, WJSU 88.5FM won third place for Best Newscast (WJSU News Now Update at Five) and third place for Best Feature Story (For Colored Girls). For a complete listing of winners at the 2011 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster Awards visit http://www.ap.org/mississippi/Broadcast.html.


11 thoughts on “JSU student wins six 2011 Miss. Broadcasters awards

  1. This is so wonderful. We are shattering all of the myths and negative stereotypes about Jackson State University as a second rate institution. This is the way to represent!

  2. Congratulation, even though I do not understand how you can place 1st and 2nd place in one category (Best Radio news story). Someone explain please!!!!!

    • I placed in one category with two diffrent Best News Stories. So I had two entries and won both.

  3. Way to go Kourtney!!!! You work so hard and it is time that your work and expertise is recognized. You also are willing to help in anyway you can with the other students including me. So THANKS for all of your help.

  4. High fives and congratulations to our JSUTV22 newsteam for placing 2nd place in the Mississippi Associated Press 2010 College Awards Best Newscast Competition:
    Kourtney C. Paige (reporter/producer/editor/graphics design/student news director;) Candace Sims and Jackqualine Barnes (co-anchors); Quincy Bryant(director/videographer/editor); Rich Braddy (videographer/reporter/editor); Martha Knighten(reporter/producer);
    Ronnika Joyner(reporter); Larry Dixon(Sports Anchor). Congratulations to Maurice Richardson for winning in the Radio Competition for 2nd place best feature story and to WJSU student news producer and anchor Kourtney for placing several times including 1st place for best news story for WJSU News Now Update at Noon! One word: EXCELLENCE! Thanks to WJSU Community and Public Affairs producers L.A. Warren for allowing our mass communications students and me to work on an award-winning newscast!

  5. Congratulations, Kourtney. You worked very hard and consistently for WJSU News Now Update at noon, and your hard work paid off! You are most deserving of the awards, and I’m very proud of your accomplishments for WJSU and of course for JSUTV22! Thank you for all you have done to represent the mass communications department and JSU. I look forward to your future achievements as well.

  6. Congratulations! I take online classes at JSU and never get a chance to attend anything! But whenever I read the latest news, sometimes I just get so excited! Keep up the good work Mr. Paige.

    • You hit the nail on the head. Now we know all pros and cons of the form. I’ve found PDFfiller – online service for forms filling. It’s pretty easy to use and pretty cheap. You can find fillable HUD-1 here


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