Journalism students honored for excellence

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Seven awards won by Corban students were announced at the Baptist Press Collegiate Conference  held  in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.  In addition to individual honors, Hilltop News won 3rd place in the Overall Newspaper--Division I category of the Baptist Press Excellence in Journalism contest. The awards were based on yearbook, photojournalism, and newspaper entries submitted from the 2006-07 school year.

In yearbook awards, senior Sarah Doughty earned 1st place in the club/portrait/academic category. Junior David Collett also won 1st place for sports copy with sophomore Blaine Bartlett winning 2nd place. 

Julie Sena, ’07, and former student Josh Randolph were both recognized for 1st place photojournalism awards.  Sena earned top honors in the black and white pictorial category, while Randolph placed with individual sports action.

Charissa Bernard, ’07, garnered two 3rd place honors in individual newspaper categories—sports writing and regular column.  Bernard was assistant editor and editor of the Hilltop News in the 2005-06 school year.

Four current journalism students—Joy Bennett, Caitlin O’Connor, Shawnee Randolph, and Dustin McNabb—and their adviser, adjunct instructor Ellen Kersey, attended the Nashville conference over the weekend of October 11-13.  

Along with about 150 other students, faculty, and guests, they had the opportunity to hear keynote addresses by journalists in the professional media. They included Manny Garcia, metro editor of the Miami Herald; Gary Fong, former director of editorial graphics technology at the San Francisco Chronicle; Don Boykin, recently retired from an editorship at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Lauren Green, Fox News channel religion editor. 

Kersey and the students also attended a variety of workshops on topics such as “Ethical Dilemmas for Journalists,” “Succeeding at Freelancing,” and “Turn Your Team into a Savvy Journalistic Machine.”

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