Bruin journalists win 23 awards, including five first place, in Mississippi’s 2022 high school journalism competition

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St. Joseph sophomore earns all-state honors

 

Bruin journalists win 23 awards, including five first place,

in Mississippi’s 2022 high school journalism competition

 

MADISON, Miss. (Monday, April 4, 2022) – St. Joseph Catholic School sophomore Emerson Erwin received all-state honors in high school journalism – among 23 awards Bruins won in the state’s annual high school student media awards.

Erwin is an anchor and reporter for the weekly, student-produced newscast “Bruin News Now.” Besides her all-state honor, St. Joe journalism students took five first-place awards and 17 as a finalist in print and broadcast categories.

“This was another great year for our student journalists who work hard to produce a top-notch yearbook and a weekly, professional-quality, video newscast,” said Dr. Dena Kinsey, St. Joe principal. 

“Our journalism students never cease to amaze me,” Kinsey said. “Their hard work, pride in what they do and dedication to producing the best product they can every day is what sets them apart from everyone else.”

The awards were sponsored by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association, the statewide organization for high school journalists. The MSPA awards were announced over the Internet after severe weather canceled the organization’s March 30 state convention.

Besides Erwin, other winners included junior Jeanne Beebe, whose baseball action shot won first place in Sports Photo in the Best of Show competition, and sophomore Adam Williams, whose BNN story on Ash Wednesday won first in Multimedia News Story in Best of Show.

The “Bruin News Now” special Catholic Schools Week edition for Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, took first place for Broadcast Best of Show.

In the Best of Mississippi competition, senior Landon Maynor took first place in Best News Podcast for the Dec. 10, 2021, edition of “Bruin Buzz LIVE.” The show itself took first place for Best News Podcast. And senior Jimmy Thomas took first for Best Sports Reporter.

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, offers seventh- through 12th-grade students a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The school recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.

St. Joe, 308 New Mannsdale Road in Madison, just west of the Interstate 55-Mississippi 463 interchange, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting arm of Cognia.

Students at St. Joe can take Print Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes, two of many electives the school offers. Journalism students produce a weekly video newscast, “Bruin News Now,” and the school yearbook, The Shield.

Journalism students webcast varsity football and basketball live on the Bruin News Now YouTube channel as well as broadcast the audio feed live over WJXC Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio, 107.9. Students also produce a weekly 30-minute radio show “The Bruin Buzz Live” for WJXC; the show also is available as a podcast.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of my journalism students,” said Terry Cassreino, St. Joe’s journalism teacher since 2012 and a former longtime newspaper journalist in Mississippi.

Cassreino, a four-time MSPA high school print and broadcast journalism adviser of the year, was a finalist for the broadcast honor this year. This was the ninth straight year Cassreino has either been named journalism adviser of the year or named a finalist.

“For my students to win such notable awards – including two seniors who took my class for the first time – is pretty impressive,” he said. “That says a lot about the quality of students at St. Joe as a whole and those who participate in our student media program.”

 

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JOURNALISM PHOTO 1: St. Joseph Catholic School student journalists won 23 awards in the 2022 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association competition. Broadcast winners include, back row from left, Adam Williams, who won first for Multimedia News Story and was a finalist for Multimedia Sports Story in the Best of Show competition; Robert Clark, who was a finalist for Multimedia Sports Story in Best of Show; Jimmy Thomas, who won for Best Sports Reporter in the Best of Mississippi competition; and Zaniah Purvis, who was a finalist for Best Weather Reporter in the Best of Mississippi competition. First row from, left: Trey Compretta, who was a finalist for Best Weather Reporter in the Best of Mississippi competition; Stella McCarty, who was a finalist for Multimedia Feature Story in Best of Show; Emerson Erwin, who received All-State Journalism honors; and Gia Picarella, who was a finalist for Best In-Studio Anchor and Best Sports Reporter in the Best of Mississippi competition.

JOURNALISM PHOTO 2: St. Joseph Catholic School student journalists won 23 awards in the 2022 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association competition. Yearbook and podcast winners include, from left, Jeanne Beebe, who took first for Sports Photo in the Best of Show competition; Ava Kathryn Stephen, who was a finalist for Sports Photo in Best of Show; Francis Lam, who was a finalist for Candid Photo in Best of Show; Landon Maynor, who won first for Best News Podcast, was a finalist for Best Sports Podcast and was a finalist for Best On-Air Talent in the Best of Mississippi competition; and Camryn Cassreino, who was a finalist for Design Yearbook Cover in the Best of Show competition.

 

Here is a complete list of awards St. Joseph Catholic School students won in the 2022 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention student media competition. The awards were announced Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Links to winning entries are provided if available.

 

STATEWIDE HONORS

ALL-MISSISSIPPI JOURNALISM HONOREES

 

BROADCAST ADVISER OF THE YEAR

  • Terry Cassreino, finalist

 

BEST OF SHOW

These awards covered published and unpublished work by student journalists for the current academic semester through Sunday, March 27, 2022.

SPORTS PHOTO

 

CANDID PHOTO

 

DESIGN, YEARBOOK COVER

 

MULTIMEDIA NEWS STORY

 

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE STORY

 

MULTIMEDIA SPORTS STORY

 

MULTIMEDIA BROADCAST BEST OF SHOW

 

BEST OF MISSISSIPPI

These awards covered published work from the current school year

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

BEST NEWS PODCAST EPISODE

  • Landon Maynor, winner,

Bruin Buzz Live, Dec. 10, 2021, (click here)

 

BEST SPORTS PODCAST EPISODE

  • Landon Maynor, finalist

Bruin Buzz Live, Jan. 14, 2022 (click here)

 

BEST ON-AIR TALENT

 

BEST IN-STUDIO NEWS ANCHOR

 

BEST SPORTS REPORTER

 

BEST WEATHER REPORTER

 

PUBLICATION AWARS

BEST NEWS PODCAST

  • Bruin Buzz Live, finalist, Jan. 21, 2022 (click here)

 

BEST LIVE-STREAMING PRODUCTION

  • Bruin Sports Radio/Bruin Broadcasting

Bruin Football Live Oct. 15, 2021 (click here)

 

BEST NEWS COVERAGE

 

BEST SPORTS COVERAGE

 

 

 

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