Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-02-26

Samford University journalism professor Dennis R. Jones was named the Outstanding Journalism Educator in the South by the Southeast Journalism Conference during its annual convention in Pensacola, Fla., last weekend (Feb. 21-23).

Dr. Jones was selected from nominees representing universities and colleges in a seven-state area on the basis of his teaching ability, according to SEJC vice president Joe Mirando of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Many universities tend to emphasize research over teaching ability, said Mirando, "but what matters most to students is teaching ability."

Jones, who holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, has taught at Samford since 1991.

Two Samford students came away with first place honors in "Best of the South" competition. Cindy Turner won the Best Journalism Research Paper award and Justin Firesheets was named Best Television Journalist among entries from the 57 member schools.

Other Samford winners included Phillip Jordan, third in Best Sports Writer competition; David Henson, fifth in College Journalist of the Year; and Maureen Simpson, sixth in Best feature Writer.

The awards are chosen by a panel of professional journalists and educators.