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Belmont Vision Impresses in Regional Competition

Belmont Vision continued its award-winning ways at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference convention Feb. 9-11 at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

The staff of the Vision brought home six awards, including two first place-finishes in the on-site deadline competition.

Autumn Allison placed first in Photojournalism and Dustin Stout took top honors in Radio News Reporting. Vision editor Brian Wilson finished second in the news writing category.

The student online news publication,, was named the No. 2 college website in the Best of the South Competition. Connect magazine, a classroom laboratory project, also earned second-place honors for Best College Magazine. In the Feature Writing category, Annalise Kraus earned a fourth-place award. The Vision’s awards in all categories gave Belmont a fourth-place finish overall in the sweepstakes.

“I’m very proud of the Belmont students’ success against competition from much larger schools,” said Linda Quigley, Belmont Vision faculty adviser and journalism instructor. “Our students show in competition, as they do every day, that they take news gathering and reporting seriously and practice it successfully.”

Media Studies Department Chair Thom Storey was not surprised with the student success.

“The staff of the Vision the past two years is among the most hard-working group of young journalists I’ve seen in my 27 years at Belmont,” Storey said. “They deserve to be recognized by their peers in the Southeast.”

The SEJC competition is open to the organization’s member schools from eight states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. This year’s competition included 433 entries from 41 eligible member schools.

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