Stefanie Hicks-East, Andrea Hall, Camryn Sneed, Xada Ingram and Dr. Jeff Spurlock at the 2020 Intercollegiate Broadcast System awards in New York.
Troy University Hall School of Journalism students represented themselves well in recent award ceremonies.
Several Troy University students in the Hall school of Journalism were honored in the Mark of Excellence Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalism, which honors the best in student journalism.
Categories for this award consist of print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism. The regional level is judged first. Those who win first place will move on to the next level, the national competition. The students who move to the national competition are usually recognized at the regional SPJ Conference in spring 2020.
The Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) took place Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15, with Trojans taking home awards in 13 categories.
These students performed well at the conference because of their hands-on experience through opportunities such as TrojanVision, where they produce three stories a day, and the Tropolitan, TROY’s student newspaper, where they produce news daily.
Most of the faculty and staff in the Hall School of Journalism at Troy University have worked in professional settings, which gives them a better understanding to further help grow and teach the students.
“As an instructor, it is so exciting seeing the students do so well,” said Dr. Robbyn Taylor, Hall School of Journalism and Communication Lecturer . “I see how hard the students work, and seeing them do so well at the SEJC Conference allowed them to get the validation [that] other people recognize how hard they are working as well.”
Troy University brought home 13 individual awards from SEJC 2020, which took place at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The list of winners is detailed below. TROY will host the 2022 conference.
Meanwhile, TROY took home the Best Radio Spot News Award from the 2020 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards in New York City, at which the University was nominated in six categories.
“Our journalism students continue to show their passion and dedication to their craft through the excellent work they produce for the Tropolitan, TrojanVision and Troy Public Radio,” Taylor said. “This validation through these awards shows that our program, and our students, are top-notch. These students are preparing for a lifetime of public service and ethical journalism for the world and we could not be prouder to celebrate this achievement.”
Below is a list of SPJ and SEJC winners from Troy University. TROY was also recognized as ranking 8th in SEJC team on-site competition.
Editorial cartooning – Abigail Nicholson
Sports photography – Pawan Khanal
Sports writing – Scott Shelton
Radio in-depth reporting – Jason Snyder
Radio feature – Octavius Ausbon
TV breaking news reporting – Brady Talbert
SEJC On-site Competition
Opinion Editorial Writing
Pradyot Sharma – 1st place
TV News Reporting
Brady Talbert – 1st place
SEJC Best of the South Competition
News Feature Writing
Luke Brantley – 4th place
Opinion Editorial Writing
Pradyot Sharma – 4th place
Scott Shelton – 10th place
Newspaper Page Design
Emma Daniel – 2nd place
TV Feature Reporting
Shaaz Peroni – 4th place
Radio Feature Reporting
Jason Snyder – 1st place
Brady Talbert – 4th place
College Audio Program
Talk of Troy – 2nd place
College Video News Program
Troy TrojanVision – 2nd place
College News Website
The Tropolitan – 4th place
College TV Station
TrojanVision – 2nd place