Pair of first-year journalism students earn national journalism award

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Two 2023 spring graduates of Gahanna Lincoln High School received notice Feb. 1 that a story they produced earned a national award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, or NATAS.

Mia Sammons and Jillian Sanders, first-year Ohio University journalism majors from Gahanna, earned a national Student Production Award in the Public Affairs/Community Service category for their project titled “The Beat Goes On.” The project was also the winner submitted by the regional Ohio Valley NATAS chapter.

Sammons said: “’The Beat Goes On’ is about JaShawn Scott, a former Gahanna Lincoln High School student who in 2019 died in a car crash. He was an organ donor and was able to save six lives, and he donated seven organs. If it wasn’t for the Scotts’ willingness to tell their son’s/brother’s story, this award would not have been possible.”

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