1 Night; 1 Stage; 12 Awards

Savannah Tribune Intern, SSU Mass Communications Student

Tatia Adams Fox, creator and producer of the SSU/JMC Awards (Middle) shown with JMC Award winners. Professor Reginald Franklin left of Fox
Tatia Adams Fox, creator and producer of the SSU/JMC Awards (Middle) shown with JMC Award winners. Professor Reginald Franklin left of Fox

Savannah State University hosted
their first ever Journalism Mass Communications (JMC) Award Show in
the King-Frazier Ballroom on last Thursday, April 2, 2015.

After 4 long months of planning and
promoting, the JMC Awards Show was complete. JMC students worked
around the clock in the Kennedy Fine Arts Building editing all that
was needed to make the show a success. “All of the shooting, and
editing, script writing and photography were done by JMC students
this is a testament to how talented the students are.” said Martin
Williams, Program Director and WSSU Tiger’s Roar TV.

Savannah State Journalism Mass
Communications Department impressed the crowd with awards by the
students and for the students. The JMC Awards included the Pawsitive
Award which the reigning Ms. SSU, Morgan Wilson received, also the
Hidden Talent Award, received by Alfonzo Berry and 10 other
additional awards all chosen by the students of SSU/JMC.

Students who helped to plan and
wanted a role in the event were able to audition. If chosen, they
would gain the opportunity to present an award with some of
Savannahs’ most talented media personalities including E93’s Kenya
Cabine; WSAV’s Kim Gusby and 94.1 The Beat’s Lady Mahogany. The
Awards Show offered students a chance to network and show how their
benefits from their studies at SSU.

The JMC department Chair Wanda Lloyd
presented awards including: The Highest GPA award to Richard Walls, the Future Journalist award to Diorlena Natera, the Best Photographer award to My’ron West, Future Author to Kandace Reynolds, the Future Publicist Award to Jasmine Miller, Best Web Design to Kristie Ferrell, Best Real World Experience award to Jasmine Miller, Best All Around Student to Sylvia Alls, and Chair’s Award to Jahylin McKee, Travis Nixon, and Richard Walls. These awards were chosen by the JMC faculty.

Students and
local entertainers performed their various talents including spoken
word, and song the most compelling performance may have been the
return of Savannah State Band, the Coastal Empire Sounds of Explosion
marched into the room and got the crowd to their feet.

The final act came from the creator
and producer, Tatia Adams Foxx. Foxx is a professor this year at
Savannah State. She brought her professional networking skills and
insight to help guide the students’ vision of the show. In her
closing remarks, Adams talked about the care she has for her students
and how she pushes them to be resume builders.

Savannah State University is
continuing to motivate students to be the best in their studies
demonstrating that they can truly get anywhere from SSU. By the end
of the night it was clear that the entire Journalism Mass
Communications Department is filled with future leaders in the world
of media.

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