Published on February 27, 2013
L-R: Kenny Smith, Katie Willis, Lauren Womack, Catherine Farist, Megan Thompson, Clayton Hurdle
Samford Journalism and Mass Communication students and publications earned top awards at the 2013 Southeast Journalism Conference at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 21-23.
Student Media Advisor Kenny Smith said Samford claimed five honors, including:
• First place, Best College Magazine–Exodus;
• First place, Best Journalism Research Paper–Anna Cox;
• First place, Onsite Competition Sports Writer–Clayton Hurdle;
• Third place, Best Sports Writer–Corry Mulligan; and
• Third place, Best Opinion-Editorial Writer–Adam Quinn.
More than 400 students from 32 universities competed in the Best of the South competition. Smith said only the University of Alabama fared better than Samford among the state’s participants.
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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.