Mass Comm students rock the Tennessee AP awards

Channel 10 receiving TN AP awards

Channel 10’s winners are: (standing) News Production Manager Chris Robertson, Reporter/Anchor Jordan Hall, Radio/TV Reporter Justin Beasley, Reporter Rafferty Cleary, Producer/Reporter Jordan Taylor, Senior Producer Matt Parker, Chief Videographer Jordan Powell; (bottom row) News Director Kelsey Lebechuck, Sidelines Editor Emily West, Anchor/Reporter Emily Kinzer and Sports Director Lena Cline. Not pictured: Assistant News Director Chris Davis.

Students and faculty from the School of Journalism and Department of Electronic Media Communication are celebrating after attending the recent Tennessee Associated Press College Awards banquet in Nashville.


Sidelines staffers won five awards in the annual college media contest. Sam Brown took home second place for best sports story “Down But Not Out,” while Christine Craft won second place for her compilation of design work in the category of best news graphics. Matt Masters received both second and third place in the photography category for his photos entitled “Syria Protest” and “League of the South Protest.” Bailey Robbins won third place in the best feature category for her story “Two Dirty Hands.”


In the broadcast entries, the students took home first place awards in all but one category. The combined work of MT10 Assistant News Director Chris Davis, Senior Producer Matt Parker and News Director Kelsey Lebechuck won best news story, best ongoing coverage, best reporter, best multimedia package and best of show broadcast for their coverage of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. In addition, Sidelines Editor-in-Chief Emily West’s website for the Bragg Innovative News Network won for best college media website. Rafferty Cleary and Jordan Taylor’s BINN profile of former MTSU athletic director and football coach James “Boots” Donnelly took home a third place for best sports coverage.


MTSU's Sidelines journalists win TN AP awards

All smiles from Sidelines are, left to right, Stephan Foust, Dr. Dwight Brooks, Bailey Robbins, Matt Masters, Sam Brown and Emily West. Not pictured: Christine Craft.

The sports coverage nominees were all EMJ students with Justin Beasley winning for his “Kevin Byard Story” followed by MT10 Sports Director Lena Cline’s “Ebony Rowe Story” in second place, with the Donnelly piece taking third. Davis, Lebechuck and West won best multimedia journalist for the cross-platform coverage using MT10 TV and Sidelines to report fall semester’s Keathley University Center bomb threat. Parker, Lebechuck and Davis’ coverage of the “Woodbury Downtown Fire” won for best spot coverage and second for best television reporter. MT10 News also won for best newscast, and Jordan Powell won for best videographer. For best feature story, Davis came in second for his “Pat Yarber Story,” and Jordan Hall, Lebechuck and Davis’ entry “Dead Social Media” placed third.


In the radio entries, Justin Beasley won the best feature category as well as second place in best sports coverage for his entry “MTSU Basketball Standout Takes Engineering Studies Seriously.”

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