Friday, October 7, 2022

Ole Miss Journalism Students Premiere Their Documentary on Nuclear Testing in Mississippi


University of Mississippi Journalism students are premiering their documentary about nuclear testing in Mississippi.

The Jour 578 documentary reporting class made the film with guidance from Dr. Brad Schultz. The class consisting of seniors Quinton Smith, Browning Stubbs, Bailey Braseth, Taylor Cos, and Brittany Clark as well Taylor Cos who all had the opportunity to travel to the Purvis, Mississippi, where the nuclear tests took place 50 years ago.

Dr. Charles Swann of Oxford is one of many interviewed in this 30-minute documentary.
Dr. Charles Swann, professor of Geology at University of Mississippi, is one of many interviewed in this 30-minute documentary.

“Speaking with people who lived in the area when the explosions happened was so interesting to hear about their lives and their memories of that time, even to hear their fears and skepticism really gave me a new outlook on what the government did to those people in the town,” Cos said.

Quinton Smith, the editor of the documentary, spent countless hours editing clips.

“The hardest part of the this documentary was definitely choosing which things to take out of it,” Smith said. “All of our interviews were filled with great quotes and interesting sound bites, but at the end of the day, not all of it is going to make it in.”

The premiere starts at 1 p.m. in the Overby Center on the University of Mississippi campus. The public is welcome.

To keep up to date with the documentary visit the website at For more information about the Atomic MS premier contact Brittany Clark at

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