Mass Communication Graduate named Chips Quinn Scholar

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Monicia Warner, a fall 2013 highest honors graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, was recently selected as a Chips Quinn Scholar for their 2014 Spring Class.

The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism provides internships, training and an intense one-week college course in multimedia skills to college students from multicultural backgrounds pursuing careers in journalism.

The program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, partners students with publications for 10-12-week paid internships. Warner's internship will be at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore. and will begin later in the spring. Warner says she considers the selection and experience an honor.

"Being named a Chips Quinn scholar came as a complete shock to me," Warner said. "These are student journalists who go on to do incredible things in the industry and I hope I can live up to that standard."

While a student in the news editorial program, Warner was the news editor for the Student Printz and received the top news editorial student award during the spring 2013 Mass Communication student awards banquet.

"Monicia was a very gifted and focused student in our program," said Dr. Cheryl Jenkins, the news-editorial sequence head in the School Mass Communication and Journalism. "I am positive that all of her hard work as a student here at Southern Miss will pay off and that receiving this prestigious honor is the beginning of a very successful career in journalism."

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