Posted by Sean Flynt on 2011-02-09

Samford Journalism and Mass Communication student Maribeth Browning earned the top undergraduate honor for her presentation at the American Journalism Historians Association's Southeast Symposium in Panama City Beach, Fla. Feb. 4-6.

Browning took first prize in the undergraduate category for her paper on civil rights era photojournalist Charles Moore, whose iconic images of protests in Birmingham helped define the era.

JMC student Matt Roberts presented his paper on the early 20th century reporter Walter Lippmann.

JMC professor Julie Williams accompanied Browning and Roberts to the symposium and called the event "a huge success for Samford". She said Samford student research always compares well even to the graduate level work presented at the event, but this year brought the unique honor of the inaugural award for undergraduate research.

Williams noted that JMC alumna and current University of Alabama graduate student Jenna Hippensteel also presented at the symposium.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.