Journalism students get statewide recognition

By Maggie Cates and Terrell Wooten

The Ranger Rocket newspaper staff brought home 13 awards, three of which were first place, from the Better Newspaper Contest in Jackson on March 27.

The 16th annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference was a day filled with journalism.  Journalism students from four state community colleges and five universities gathered at the Mississippi Craft Center to hear from Charles Overby, former chairman of the Newseum and Newsroom Diversity Institute and Dr. Gina Chen, assistant professor of journalism at Southern Mississippi.

Six Northwest journalism students traveled to Jackson, along with Journalism Instructor Carroll Huebner.

The Ranger Rocket was recognized for three first place, five second place and five third place awards, as well as one “Honorable Mention.”

“Sitting at the table with my Ranger Rocket staff members, listening to Mr. Overby give his speech and hearing our names being called for awards was very inspiring. I think that the purpose of this contest is to encourage us, as journalism students, to go farther the field, and that hard work does indeed pay off,” Terrell Wooten, Ranger Rocket editor and broadcast journalism major from Senatobia, said.

The three first place winners include Heather Carlisle with her feature story, “Cassandra” and Briana Clarkson with her cartoon, “Christmas Tree.”  The third first place award was for the Ranger Rocket website. The website, was created this semester.

Ike House placed third in “General Interest Column” category with his “Talking fashion with Ike House” article. Second place includes Lauren Benton with her “Baseball enters April” article, Rhyneal Armstrong with his “Player Spotlight – Reno” article and Terrell Wooten with his “Practical nursing” photo.
Former staff members placed in the contest as well. Mike Haskins placed second with his “Tracking tuition” story, Shelby Louwerens placed third with her “Romeo and Juliet” photo and second in editorials, and Deantae Smith placed third with his “LaPlante holds study table” photo.

“I am proud of the hard work my students put into the Ranger Rocket.  And, it thrills me that the website was just created and won first place at the contest,” Huebner said.


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