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Carroll County Graduate Among UTM Award Winners

Posted 7/28/20

MARTIN (July 14) — A Carroll County native is part of an award-winning communications team for the University of Tennessee at Martin. In a press release issued last week, it was announced the …

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Carroll County Graduate Among UTM Award Winners

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MARTIN (July 14) — A Carroll County native is part of an award-winning communications team for the University of Tennessee at Martin.

In a press release issued last week, it was announced the University of Tennessee at Martin student-run radio station WUTM-FM 90.3 “The Hawk” won 13 awards at the Tennessee Associated Press 2020 College competition. The awards included four first-place awards and Best of Show in radio.

Team member Jillianne Moncrief, a spring 2020 graduate from McLemoresville, earned a first-place spotlight in the radio reporter category. She also received the title of Best in Show for radio.

Moncrief garnered a second-place award for the use of sound category of the Tennessee Associated Press 2020 College competition. In addition to her first- and second-place designations, Moncrief picked up a third-place award in the category of radio sports reporting.

The UT Martin graduate recently began her career in broadcast communications as an associate news producer and social media manager for WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.

“The AP college awards are open to all schools in Tennessee and honor the best work by college journalists working across all platforms — television, radio, print and digital. The competition is pretty fierce, and this year’s results show UT Martin is producing some of the state’s best young journalists,” said Adam Yeomans, southern regional director of The Associated Press. “It’s a credit to their drive and talent, not to mention the direction and guidance they receive from the school’s instructors,” he added.

Other first-place award winners include Kayla Brooks, of Dickson, in the radio newscast category; John Thornton, a spring 2020 graduate from Atoka, in the radio sports reporting category; and Thornton, Jordan Taylor, of Medon, and Davis Gregory, of Knoxville, in the radio sports coverage/program category.

Brooks also earned a second-place award for the radio news story category.

Third-place recognitions include Brooks in the radio newscast, radio news story, radio feature story, and television videography categories; Thornton, Taylor and Davis in the radio sports coverage/program category; and Thornton in the radio sports reporting category.

WUTM competed against universities in Tennessee including UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University, Belmont University and more.

Of the award recipients, a recent UT Martin graduate and a current student have already begun their careers in broadcast communications. Thornton has accepted a position as the lead sports play-by-play announcer for Union City sports at Froggy 99.3 radio station, alongside Taylor who will serve as the lead sports analyst and sales specialist. The other recipients will return to UT Martin in the fall to continue their education.

With the 13 awards from AP, WUTM has also received an additional 30 awards this year from news and broadcast organizations, including the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc., and the Southeast Journalism Conference.

For more information about the 2020 Tennessee Associated Press collegiate awards, contact WUTM-FM 90.3 “The Hawk” faculty adviser Dr. Richard Robinson at rrobins@utm.edu.

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