Thirteen Belmont journalism students recently competed in the Southeast Journalism Conference in Clarksville, Tennessee and placed second overall among 45 colleges and universities from eight states.
Belmont was the highest ranked Tennessee school and individuals students placed in their respective categories. The”Best of the South” competition, which looks at work published November 2014 to November 2014, saw many Belmont Vision staffers with wins including:
- Andrew Hunt – first, press photography
- Samuel Cowan – second, sports writing
- Emily Proud – sixth, TV news reporter
- Will Hadden – seventh, news reporting
- Riley Wallace – eighth, news reporting
The Vision also earned second for best television video for its sports program Bruin Blitz and ranked fourth for best college website. Editors for the Vision during the competition months were Courtney Martinez, Kirk Bado and Riley Wallace. Dorren Robinson is the faculty adviser for the Vision.
In onsite competitions, students went head-to-head with students from other schools in real-time competitions and bought back six awards including:
- Sam Cowan – first, sports writing
- Nina Kim – first, news, photography
- Rebecca Arnold – first, copy editing
- Brooklyn Penn – first, current events
- Emily Proud – second, television anchoring
- Andrew Hunt – second, sports photography
The combined awards earned Belmont the second place spot in the championship, overall. Belmont journalism students placed second at last year’s competition in Atlanta, as well.