Journalism Awards Ceremony & Conference
The Georgia College Press Association (GCPA) awarded five Georgia State students first place awards on behalf of The Signal at its Better Newspapers awards ceremony. Now the staff, along with members of Album 88 and GSTV, is venturing to Clarksville, Tennessee to compete for and collect more honors.
The GCPA ceremony was held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on Feb. 13. Individual categories were divided into Group I (freshmen and sophomores) and Group II (juniors and seniors). The Signal claimed three second place and three third place finishes in general categories, including third in General Excellence and second in Layout, Features and Sports coverage.
Photographer Jade Johnson and writers Nichole Place, Morayo Oyewole and John Miller placed first in their respective categories. Lauren Booker, who transitioned from sophomore to junior in 2015, was the only student to win honors in both Group I and II (first for News Article in Group II and second for Investigative Reporting in Group I). Overall, the staff won five first place, two second place and six third place awards. Georgia State senior Antonio Garcia participated in the awards ceremony as outgoing GCPA president.
It’s the second time in the past three years a Georgia State student served as president. Overall, I’m pleased with the great work the staff continues to do and am proud of their interaction with the college media community at large.
– Bryce McNeil, Assistant Director for Student Media
The staff will attempt to replicate this success at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) in Clarksville, Tennessee, from Feb. 18-20. The SEJC will recognize students for their 2015 work in the Best of the South awards dinner on Friday, whereas students from across six southeastern states will compete in onsite competitions. Twenty students from The Signal, Album 88 and GSTV will attend. Georgia State is entered in 13 onsite categories, the most in its history as a SEJC member.
The conference offers the perfect experiential learning opportunity. Students attend sessions on a variety of journalism related topics and then immediately put them into practice in competitions. There is an immediacy to this that really benefits someone interested in learning journalism.
Georgia State hosted SEJC in 2015, with McNeil presiding as president. Over 275 faculty and students from across the southeast visited Student Center East for the event.
I’m very proud of the staff and their accomplishments. We have a large group headed to Tennessee this weekend and I can’t wait to see what information they bring back with them.
– Troi Charity, The Signal Editor-in-Chief