Belmont students won five awards in the 2009 Best of South competition of the Southeast Journalism Conference, including first place in Best Magazine for Connect, an annual publication that targets an audience of new freshmen and transfer students.
“I found this to be the exact kind of guide students need when they enter campus for the first time,” the judge for Best Magazine wrote. “This is a top-notch job all the way.”
Students Jessica Walker and Abby Sheldon were winners in the onsite competition, where students participate in deadline-driven news, feature and multimedia categories, at the conference Feb. 11-13 at Southeastern Louisiana University.
These winners were chosen from 330 entries from 32 SEJC member schools, which include Auburn, Emory, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and other large universities.
The SEJC contests and the annual conference function as journalism teaching tools. Not only are all entries given a rating, but the judges, chosen from outside the conference region, are encouraged to provide comments and professional advice.
Awards received were as follows:
Best of South Competition:
Best Magazine: Connect, First Place
Journalism Research Paper: Jessica Walker, Third Place
Magazine Page Designer: Kristin Clements, Third Place
Newswriting: Erin Carson, Fifth Place
Sportswriting: Pierce Greenberg, Seventh Place
Health Reporting: Jessica Walker, Second Place
Media Ethics: Abby Sheldon, Second Place