Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-03-03

Samford University journalism students received 12 awards, including four first-place honors, at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., Feb. 19-20.

Exodus, Samford's student-produced annual publication, was named best college magazine. The publication bested entries from 38 schools in the Southeast. The magazine's art director, Ashley Bruce of Birmingham, a May 2004 graduate, was named the top college magazine page designer.

Ginny Temple of Birmingham, an Exodus section editor and article writer, was named the top college magazine writer. Temple graduated in December.

Katie Veach, feature editor of The Crimson student newspaper, was named the best feature writer. Veach is a junior religion and journalism major from Selma.

Entries, all published or broadcast during the 2004 calendar year, were judged by professional media practitioners from outside the southeast.

SNN-TV, the student television news magazine, was named the second best college TV station. Paula Greenwalt, SNN producer and anchor, was named second best television journalist. She graduated in December. Melissa Nixon, a news producer for Samford WVSU-FM, was named third best radio journalist. Nixon is a junior journalism major from Trussville. Amy Travis, a May graduate from Murray, Ky., had the second best research paper.

Other Samford journalism students who finished in the Top 10 in various categories include: W. Vince Johnson, junior from Gulf Shores, sports reporting; and Maurene Simpson, senior from Spartanburg, S.C., news reporting.
Two students were finalists in on-site competitions: Brandon Gresham of Colorado Springs, Colo., second place, page design; and Melissa Morgan of Birmingham, third place, personal column.


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.