Published on February 27, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
JMC Honors
Samford JMC students display some of the 12 SEJC honors
by Olivia Williams

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.”

Samford Awards

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.

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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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.