Published on February 20, 2019 by Jackie Long  

Students in Samford University’s journalism and mass communication program earned 11 awards at the 2019 Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC). This year’s conference, which promotes collegiate journalism throughout the Southeast, was held Feb. 14-16 at Middle Tennessee State University.

“I am so proud of Samford journalism and mass communication students earning 11 awards at SEJC,” said Journalism and Mass Communication Department Chair Bernie Ankney. “We have some of the best journalism, public relations and advertising students in the country. Their performance at SEJC shows why College Factual/USA Today ranked us the number 35 program in the country. Our students are that good.”

First Place
Sam Bush, Best Journalism Research Paper
Olivia Halverson, Best Magazine Writer
Rachel Williams, Best Magazine Page Layout Designer

Second Place
Hannah Hutson, On-Site Media Law
Hallie King, Best Multimedia Journalist

Third Place
Staff of The Samford Crimson, Best Public Service Journalism
Griffin Schou, On-Site Current Events

Fourth Place
Olivia Halverson, Best Feature Writer
Best Press Photographer, Mallory Pettet

Seventh Place
William Marlow, Best News Writer

Eighth Place
Collin Reese, Best Sports Writer

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.