Published on February 9, 2011  

Samford Journalism and Mass Communication student Maribeth Browning earned the top undergraduate honor for her presentation at the American Journalism Historians Association's Southeast Symposium in Panama City Beach, Fla. Feb. 4-6.

Browning took first prize in the undergraduate category for her paper on civil rights era photojournalist Charles Moore, whose iconic images of protests in Birmingham helped define the era.

JMC student Matt Roberts presented his paper on the early 20th century reporter Walter Lippmann.

JMC professor Julie Williams accompanied Browning and Roberts to the symposium and called the event "a huge success for Samford". She said Samford student research always compares well even to the graduate level work presented at the event, but this year brought the unique honor of the inaugural award for undergraduate research.

Williams noted that JMC alumna and current University of Alabama graduate student Jenna Hippensteel also presented at the symposium.





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.