Samford University journalism and mass communication (JMC) students won multiple honors for their work in student media at the Southeast Journalism Conference Feb. 16–18. This year’s conference took place at the University of Mississippi with 32 universities participating, and roughly 350 students and advisers in attendance.
The Samford students, supported in their submissions by JMC media and professional development adviser Ana Good, earned 12 awards in the Best of the South Collegiate Competition, including three first-place finishes.
“It was a great experience for the students not only to compete and to see their work recognized, but to be able to interact with other people who are doing important journalistic work on their own campuses,” said Clay Carey, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication. “To learn from what they’re doing and to learn from seasoned professionals who are very generous with their time in that environment was a fantastic experience for all of us, not only because we were recognized as much as we were, but because of the opportunities to build relationships with other student journalists and professionals.”
Best News writer: First Place, Asia Burns
Best Sportswriter: First Place,Sam Chandler
Best Advertising Staff Member: First Place, McClain McKinney
Best Magazine Writer: Second Place (tie), Caroline Carmichael
Best College TV Station: Second Place (tie), Samford Media Center
Best Journalism Research Paper: Third Place, Austin Ferrer
Best Magazine Layout: Third Place, Katie Menosky
College Journalist of the Year: Fourth Place, Asia Burns
Best College Magazine: Fourth Place, The Local
Best Television News Feature Reporter: Fifth Place (tie), Ashton Nix
Best Sportswriter: Fifth Place (tie), Ashton Nix
Best Arts and Entertainment Writer: Sixth Place, Jimmy Lichtenwalter
Olivia Williams is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.