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.

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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.