Published on July 17, 2023 by Diamond Nunnally  
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From top to bottom, left to right, Students Rebekah Crozier, Olivia Koepp, Davis Domescik, Harper Harwell, Jacob Taylor, Chris Todd, Gabby Bass-Butler, Claire Trammell, Nikolai Culp and Elizabeth Pitts won awards at the NFPW annual conference. (Photograph Courtesy: Communication and Media)

The Department of Communication and Media continues to house an award-winning journalism and mass communications program. On Saturday, June 24, Samford University students competed in the 2023 Professional Communication Contest at the National Federation of Press Women’s annual conference in Cincinnati. They won nine national awards in the competition’s collegiate categories, including six first-place awards. 

The winners are as follows: 

Gabby Bass-Butler won first place in the writing features category for her Local  story “A League of Her Own.”

Nikolai Culp won second place in the writing sports category for his Local story “Birmingham’s Team: How the Squadron Hope to Build a Community through Basketball.”

Davis Domescik won second place in the writing opinion/editorial/reviews category for his Samford Crimson  column “The Steroid Era Saved Baseball.”

Harper Harwell won first place in the writing news category for her Samford Crimson  story “Samford Community Responds with Silent Protest.”

Harper Harwell, Rebekah Crozier and Olivia Koepp won second place in the writing in-depth reporting category for their Samford Crimson coverage of the LBGTQIA+ community issues at Samford.

Elizabeth Pitts won first place for her podcast “Bible Said What” in the student podcast category. 

Jacob Taylor won first place in the art and design photographs category for his photo of Birmingham Legion midfielder Enzo Martinez in The Local.

Chris Todd won first place in the prepared report for the student radio/television category for his Samford News Network package titled “Parking at Samford University.”

Claire Trammell won first place in the art and design category for her magazine spread titled “Changing Narratives” in The Local.

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.