Jordan Baldwin ’21 won his second-consecutive Student Broadcaster Scholarship from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA) recently.
Baldwin, a communication major at Worcester State, was one of nine Massachusetts residents who were awarded a $2,000 MBA scholarship. Criteria for awards include academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, and an essay about the student’s interest in broadcasting.
“I got into broadcasting when I was in high school,” Baldwin says. “I took a TV/video class and started watching a lot of new documentaries on sites like VICE and The Intercept. I really want to become an investigative journalist.”
With this goal in mind, Baldwin has worked to gain experience in the field. Last year, he interned at WWLP-22 News in Springfield.
“I learned the ins and outs of how things operate in a newsroom,” he says. “I met tons of great people.”
Baldwin even got the opportunity to work on a film made by a videographer he met during his internship.
At Worcester State, Baldwin recently took a documentary class with instructor Brittany Severance, M.F.A.
Baldwin plans to graduate from Worcester State with a bachelor’s in communication and then attend Emerson College to complete a master’s degree.
As for now, Baldwin is staying busy.
“I am currently working on a little side project with two of my friends,” he says. “We’re making a video game, and I’m doing sound and music for the game. It’s a little secretive, but it is exciting.”
On July 10, MBA Executive Director Jordan Walton and MBA Vice Chair of Television John Hesslein presented Baldwin with his scholarship at Western Mass News. Baldwin says the scholarship will help him achieve his goals.
“It’s a big to get a scholarship when you’re struggling financially,” Baldwin says. “Hopefully, I become that investigative journalist I thought of becoming in high school.”
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