Troy University journalism students claim 14 awards at Southeast Journalism Conference

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - Students in Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication recently received 14 awards in the "Best in the South" awards competition at the Southeast Journalism Conference in Atlanta, including first place for best college TV station and best college video news program.

"We're just on cloud nine right now because this is fantastic news, which tells everybody that Troy University is on top," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. "People are looking at TROY saying 'These guys are good' and that we're tough to compete with."

The SEJC chose David Caddell, a senior broadcast journalism major from Greenville, for best radio journalist for his work with Troy University Public Radio. The SEJC also chose Katy Ganaway, a graduate student from Madison studying multimedia journalism, for second place in the best radio news feature reporter and fifth for best college journalist of the year.

Clay Yeager, a senior broadcast journalism major from Mountain Brook, came in third place for best TV news feature reporter. Alex Lewis, a senior broadcast journalism major from Troy, also came in third for the best advertising staff member category.

Taylor Bowser, a senior design and technology major from Dothan, came in fifth for best news graphic designer. Seth Nicholson, a senior biology and technology major from Brundidge, came in fifth for best news-editorial artists/illustration. Ngoc Vo, a junior multimedia journalism major from Troy, also came in fifth for best opinion/editorial writer.

Courtney Addison, a senior broadcast journalism major from Repton, came in sixth for best TV journalist, while April Irvin, a senior marine biology major from Birmingham, came in sixth for best press photographer.

Jamarlo Philips, a graduate student studying broadcast journalism from Smith Station, also came in sixth for best TV hard news reporter. Gabe Sadetsky, a communications major from Valley, came in ninth place for best sports writer.

The SEJC, which began in 1986, is an organization consisting of more than 45 colleges and universities from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

In December, TROY's Hall School of Journalism and Communication was ranked No. 6 nationally in the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2014 "Best College Journalism Schools" survey.