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Arkansas State student awarded LIN Media Scholarship


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University senior N’Deea Lee of Pine Bluff has been named as the recipient of the LIN Media 2014 Minority Broadcast Scholarship and Training Program.

In addition to the scholarship award, Lee, a creative media production major in the College of Media and Communication, will earn hands-on broadcast training this summer at WPRI-TV, a CBS affiliate located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Lee said she learned about the scholarship opportunity when her mother was searching for available scholarships for Lee’s sister. Lee applied, and learned she was selected for the scholarship award in late April. She will receive $10,000 toward her senior year.

“While the media industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, our scholarship and internship program furthers our commitment to attracting future leaders and promoting diversity in the workplace,” said Vincent L. Sadusky, LIN Media president and chief executive officer in a release. “Our recipients have high aspirations and we are pleased to provide them with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience.”

Lee said she chose Arkansas State not only because of the reputation of the College of Media and Communication, but as a result of her visit to the campus.

“There were awesome professors who really were interested about my career,” Lee said. “A-State made me feel like I was family and I was home.”

During her time as an A-State student, Lee has held leadership positions in several organizations and activities on campus, including national communications coordinator for the National Residence Hall Honorary, junior representative in the Honors College Association, general manager of audio production at KASU and news director for Red Wolf Radio, the student-run internet radio station.

“As soon as I could, I was given the chance to get involved with ASU-TV during my first semester of freshman year,” Lee said. “I continued to work with them until I became more involved with the radio sector of the college. I am so glad to have had the preparation and practice to prepare for this moment.”

She is also one of this year’s recipients of the ASU Alumni Association’s ‘License to Howl’ Scholarships. Lee’s selection as the LIN Media scholarship recipient was based on her academic achievement, passion for broadcasting and digital mediums, and her strong desire to contribute to the overall advancement of the industry, the company said. Upon her successful completion of the summer training program and graduation from Arkansas State, she will be assigned a full-time position at LIN Media.

“We are pleased the industry continues to recognize outstanding A-State students from our college like N’Deea,” said, Dr. Brad Rawlins, dean of the College of Media and Communication. “We will be eager to hear of her experiences when she returns for the fall semester.”

Rawlins urged those interested in learning more about the programs available in the College of Media and Communication to access the college’s website, http://www.astate.edu/communications.

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