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NCCU Student TheAshionna Owens Becomes First To Receive RTDNAC Scholarship


Durham, NC – North Carolina Central University (NCCU) student and former Spectacular Magazine intern, TheAshionna “Tosh” Owens, became the first student from NCCU to receive a scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC).

TheAshionna Owens is congratulated by RTDNAC scholarship Chair Pete Poore

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas is an industry organization that helps electronic journalists improve communications with their colleagues in North and South Carolina at local radio and television stations, networks, cable and news services by sharing the latest technology, news practices and news management.

Pete Poore, the chair of RTDNAC’s scholarship committee, made the announcement during the RTDNAC Student Workshop which was

attended by students, news anchors, journalist, and studio producers. Poore spoke to Owens’ accomplishments, future endeavors, and previous experience shadowing Tulsa’s Channel 8 anchor, Kimberly Jackson.

Owens is the only scholarship recipient from North Carolina. Each year RTDNAC awards two $1,500 scholarships to qualified students from the Carolinas that are pursuing a career in broadcast or digital journalism.

“I don’t even know how to feel right now,” Owens said excitedly. “I’m really just proud of this new accolade.”

Owens’ personality coupled with her ambitious attitude, experience, and education has certainly prepared her for a career in front of the camera. She plans to be a professional podcaster and use her voice to uplift women around the world. Her long-term goal is to one day have her own media and production company. Her entrepreneurial spirit has carried her thus far and will continue to flourish as she thrives in the field of communications.

Owens (front row,center) with RTDNAC Board member Brett Chambers (back row, right) and student attending RTDNAC workshops. (submitted)

RTDNAC Board Member & NCCU Mass Communications Department Lecturer Brett Chambers said, “I’m proud that she was the first NCCU student to win and that she was a part of the largest group of students to attend the workshops this year.”

TheAshionna Owens

About TheAshionna Owens

Theashionna Owens was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Charles B. Aycock High School (Goldsboro NC) and is currently a senior at North Carolina Central University. Owens will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a concentration of public relations in May 2018. Since the beginning of her college career she has emerged herself in service activities that aid in the betterment of students and campus life. After working on Spectacular Magazine Radio Show on Foxy 107/104 during the fall of 2017, Owens along with co-host Terri King will launch their podcast “Go, Girl!” on Feb. 22.

By Terri King

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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