Published on October 5, 2009  

A breaking news package created by senior Journalism and Mass Communication major Sarah Gardner placed second in the Center for Innovation in College Media's (CICM) contest for best breaking news. The breaking news package, which was created for the Samford News Network (SNN) and the Samford Crimson last March, focused on the 4 inches of snow that the Birmingham area received overnight on March 1, 2009. The CICM website states that the package "rises to the top because of its production value and nice video moments." 

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.