Radionian receives 11 first place awards

Jones County Junior College’s student newspaper, the Radionian, won 11 first place awards at the O.C. McDavid/Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest held March 27 in Jackson.


The Jones newspaper took home 11 first place awards, a total of 28 awards overall, as well as the General Excellence award in the community college division. This marks the seventh year in a row that the Radionian has taken home top honors at the competition.


Sports editor Josh Beasley received first place awards for all three sports categories: Sports Column, Sports Feature, and Sports News Story, which was titled “Women’s Basketball coach resigns.” Photographer Jessica Blackwell received first place awards for her Sports Photo and her Feature Photo on instructor John Burkes.  Photographer Mykeyla Crawford  received first place for her photo coverage of Special Olympics.  Also winning first place for graphic design was Hailey Ishee for an advertisement for Fox’s Pizza and Magen Nowell for an advertisement for a campus coffee shop.  Erin Howell and Heather Allen won first place for their Editorials. In addition, the Radionian staff received first place for front page design and overall design categories.


Other winners included Zac Chamblee, third place for Sports News Story “NFL Legend Comes to Jones”; Jessica Blackwell, third place for Sports Column “Bobcat Spotlight”; Acie Smith, second place for Sports Feature “Gavin plays key role”; Kirstie Lowery, third place for Feature “Student Survives,” and Jay Riley, honorable mention for Feature story, “Meet John Burks.” The Radionian received second place in the Graphics category for its charts and graphs for student loan debt.


Jessica Blackwell received second place for her Cartoon “What other states think.” In addition to her two first place photo awards, Blackwell also received second and third place for her sports photos.  Photographer Sam Bass received second place for her Feature photo on “Single Awareness Day.”


Under the Investigative Package category, the Radionian staff received both second and third place awards. Ariel Young and Heather Allen received second place for their package “Student loans: starting life in debt,” and Acie Smith and Heather Allen received third place for their package “SGA submits proposal.” 


The Radionian also received second place for its website, titled Bobcat Press. The website, which can be found at, provides students a weekly online newspaper as well as a weekly sports video titled Bobcat Sports Talk and occasional special videos of events, interviews or news coverage.


Kelly Atwood has served as advisor of the Radionian for the past five years. Applications are currently being accepted for next year’s Radionian staff.  Students interested in writing, photography, editing, graphic design and broadcasting can contact Atwood for more information at