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Student Journalists Win Onsite Championship at SEJC

The 23rd Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) was held on Belmont’s campus Feb. 12-14, with 285 student journalists participating from seven states. The conference includes a competition in a number of categories for the Best in the South reporting from 2008 as well as an onsite journalism competition. The Belmont Onsite Team won the overall onsite championship with the highest number of points of all participating schools.
Belmont Associate Professor Linda Quigley, who served as co-president of SEJC 2008-09 with Thom Storey, said, “College journalists from around the Southeast demonstrated that the future of reporting, editing, photography, videography and Web design is in good hands. In both the work that students produced and the workshops they attended at SEJC at Belmont, students showed that they’re keeping pace with rapid changes in the field.”
Belmont’s winners in the onsite competition included:
Video Reporting: First place, Abby Selden and Jessica Walker
Multimedia Package: Third place, Lance Conzett, Erin Carson and Melody Drushal
First Amendment Writing: First place, Melanie Bengtson
Editorial Cartoon: Second place, Emily Buckner
In addition, several Belmont students and publications won awards in the 2008 competition:
Best College Newspaper: Honorable mention, Belmont Vision
Best College Magazine: Honorable mention, Connect
Best College Web Site: Second place, BelmontVision.com
Best News Reporter: Second place, Liz Hunton
Best Feature Writer: Second place, Adaeze Elechi
Best A&E Writer: Third place, Jason Hardy
Best Opinion Writer: Third place, Adaeze Elechi
Best Election Writer: Second place, Melanie Bengtson
Best Magazine Writer: Second place, Ryan Kraemer
Best Television Journalist: Third place, Abby Selden
Best Public Service Journalism: Honorable mention, Drew Dean and Liz Hunton

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