Troy University professor, students receive journalism honors

Posted: Thursday, 19 February 2009

TROY—A professor and students from Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism recently received honors from the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC).

Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate director of Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism, received SEJC’s “Journalism Educator of the Year” award, while TrojanVision, the University’s television station, received a second-place award in the Best College Television Station category.

In addition, students Thomas King, a sophomore print journalism major from Pine Grove, Kevin Williford, a senior foreign language major from Spanish Fort, and Tyler Snell, a sophomore English major from Dothan, took second-place honors in the Best Public Service Journalism category. Emily Ham, a senior print journalism major from Dozier, earned honorable mention in Best News Reporter.

The awards were presented during the organization’s annual convention, Feb. 12-14, at Belmont University in Nashville. The organization is composed of 60 colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Dr. Spurlock has been a member of the Troy University faculty since 2001 and was the 2008 recipient of the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the University’s most prestigious honor for faculty members. He was selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow in 2007 and is a three time recipient of the Student Government Association’s Faculty Member of the Semester Award.

Dr. Spurlock said he was honored to receive the award.

“The Journalism Educator of the Year Award is such a prestigious honor and I am so fortunate to have received it,” he said. “I was totally surprised when my name was called to accept the award at the convention.”

Dr. Spurlock said the honors received by TROY students were well deserved.

“This is just another indication that TROY journalism students are among the best in the South and in the nation,” he said. “Troy University is so lucky to have some of the brightest students in the country in the journalism discipline.”