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Jackson, MS – WLBT ushers in a new class of students for its Gray Media Training Center program. Students selected to participate are receiving hands-on training to learn today’s best practices for a career in broadcast and digital journalism.

With a focus on students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Mississippi, this program was designed to improve diversity in media and improve diversity in Gray Television. This is the training center’s second class, led by program director, Michael A. White, Jr.

“Five out of the ten students from the inaugural class secured jobs before graduating from the program and are currently working at Gray Television stations,” says White. “One student was hired in a top 30 market. It’s very inspiring for this new group of students to know that if they do a good job in this program, they might be able to jump start their career with Gray before graduating college.”

“We knew this would be a great opportunity for students when we launched the program, but the amount of success for last year’s class was better than we could have imagined,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager, Ted Fortenberry. “So, we’re really just so excited for this new class of students and the future of the program.”

Students can expect to graduate from the 15-week program in May of 2023, following in-depth training in news production, as well as all areas of television, including marketing, sales, and technology. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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