Published on May 28, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Katy Beth Boyers
Katy Beth Boyers

Samford University communication and media student Katy Beth Boyers is one of only 24 student journalists in the nation selected to take part in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Student Leadership Institute (SLI) July 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The institute, created with the support of the Scripps Howard Foundation, is a learning laboratory designed to help collegiate student journalists build their skills and confidence for leading and contributing to a team.

Boyers is editor-in-chief of The Samford Crimson and an executive producer, reporter and anchor for Samford News Network. She earned sixth place in the College Journalist of the Year category of the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) competition in March. At SLI, she will be coached and mentored by young professional journalists who are leaders in SPJ and in their workplaces. Participants also will learn to understand and apply the SPJ Code of Ethics and become more credible, ethical and values-based leaders. The students will be invited to further strengthen their skills at SPJ’s 2021 national conference in September.

"The candidates for the SLI class for 2021 are strong and already accomplished,” said Katerina Spaskova, member of the SPJ Journalism Education Committee and SLI selection committee. “The future is bright for journalism if we have these leaders in the newsroom and in SPJ."