Alabama State College celebrated an alumna who started her journalism profession as “a low-level” manufacturing assistant and now owns her personal TV station.
April Ross bought WJCN TV-33 in LaGrange, Georgia in Could 2021. The 24-hour information station reaches roughly 600,000 households, based on an ASU assertion.
“What’s ironic is after I was a pupil at Alabama State College, I truly interned at WJCN and now, I personal it,” stated Ross, a 2001 graduate of the traditionally Black college.
Ross’ entrepreneurial journey within the aggressive media business started in 2017 when she used her cellphone and Fb Reside to report the capturing of a deputy sheriff.
Her crime scene reporting was step one towards launching Bee-TV Community on Fb. She developed the platform that grew to greater than 15,000 followers and in the end led to the acquisition of WJCN.
Her aim is to remodel the TV station into a serious community affiliate.
“I wish to create one thing on this tv market that has by no means occurred earlier than and that features creating and producing nice native programming for our neighborhood that’s stuffed with home-area content material,” she acknowledged.