WATCH: Alabama State University Graduate Buys Television Station in Georgia After Starting Journalism Career With Cellphone and Facebook Live

HBCU graduate April Ross bought a television station in LaGrange, Georgia. (Photo: WTVM Screengrab)

Alabama State University graduate (Class of 2001) April Ross, who majored in communications at the HBCU, is the proud owner of her own television station in her west Georgia town.

It came over years of making use of her journalism skills around her community – starting with a story in 2017 which no one else was available to cover.

In January 2017, Ross stepped onto her very first news scene as a digital reporter. Using only her cellphone and Facebook Live, Ross informed the community about a Troup County deputy being shot. “I put my background in journalism, a degree to use and I realized that day that’s what our area needed,” she told Columbus, Georgia, station WTVM.

From that point on Ross, a former production assistant at Columbus station WRBL, started showing up in the community with her cellphone in hand to cover various stories in the area.

“My news reporter instincts took over and in the absence of any TV news outlets here to report on it, I covered it on Facebook Live, which helped my social media presence to grow in excess of 15,000 followers,” Ross told WTVM.

The 49-year-old Ross recently described how BeeTV Network grew out of that first news story.

“That day when I was out there, and [Troup County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer] Stewart Smith asked me who I was with. I immediately said, ‘BeeTV,’” she told the LaGrange News newspaper. The name derived from an entertainment news-focused production company Ross owned called Honey Productions.

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SOURCE: Atlanta Black Star

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