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Growl staff garners awards at journalism conference

Growl staff garners awards at journalism conference Regina Gray, a Ridgeland Campus Growl staff reporter, poses for a photo with her certificates following the Better Newspaper Contest Awards Presentation. Gray won a second place award for Best Sports Feature and a third place award for Best Sports News Story. The Growl won third for General Excellence.

Six Holmes Community College students attended the annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference on Thursday, March 28 at the Two Mississippi Museums. Growl newspaper reporter Regina Gray, a sophomore on the Ridgeland Campus, was recognized during the conference for winning tow awards in the Better Newspaper Contest: Student Division. The Growl also took home third place in General Excellence.

Gray's awards included a second place award for Best Sports Feature and a third place award for Best Sports News Story. Other students in attendance were: Jesseca Bass, a Horizons yearbook member; John Gillon, Growl Grenada Campus editor and a student in the online News Writing and Reporting I class; Stafford Griffin, a member of the Growl and Horizons yearbook staff; Nykeem Liddell, a Growl staff member; Aurora Sant'Angelo, a Growl and Horizons staff member and Arcadia Smith, a student in the online News Writing and Reporting I class. Mary Margaret Busby, public relations specialist and journalism instructor, accompanied the students.

The Growl, published five-six times per academic year, covers news from the college's nine-district area, while also including cartoons, editorials on current events, and more. Staff members also serve as writers/cartoonists for Holmes' new blog, the HCC Grid.

The conference is administered by the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) Education Foundation and named for the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of the Jackson Daily News.The conference began with a welcome by Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News and president of Mississippi Press Association (MPA), followed by a few words from O.C. McDavid's granddaughter Carol McDavid, representing the McDavid family. The conference concluded with a few words from MPA Executive Director Lane Bruce and the presentation of awards for the Better Newspaper Contest Student Division.

The students also had an opportunity to tour the Civil Rights Museum, thanks to tickets provided by MPA.

For more information on Holmes student publications and journalism classes, contact Mary Margaret Busby at or (601) 605-3376.


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