“Best College Newspaper” win highlights 16 top ten finishes for Signal/GSTV/WRAS at SEJC
Georgia State University will host regional conference in 2015 (February 22, 2014)
In a banner day for Georgia State University Student Media, The Signal took home top honors in the Southeast Journalism Conference’s “Best of the South” contest.
The win was part of 16 top ten showings (with three wins) for Student Media in the contest, the results of which were announced Friday night during the 28th annual conference banquet at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Also coming away with first-place finishes were Sabastian Wee and Anna Yang. Wee, 2012-13 Signal Editor-in-Chief, repeated his first-place finish in the “Best Advertising Staff Member” category for his in-house ad campaigns. Yang, Production Editor for the paper, topped the “Best News Graphic Designer” category.
Full details of the contest will be posted on the SEJC website in the coming weeks.
Georgia State University will host the SEJC in February 2015 with dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Student Media Advisor, Dr. Bryce McNeil, was named President-Elect at a SEJC meeting , and Yang was named Student President-Elect. McNeil announced the Twitter page for the conference (https://twitter.com/SEJC2015) at the meeting.
The Signal received 9 top seven placements in 13 newspaper categories overall; including second-place finishes for Morgan Brown (“Best Editorial Designer”) and the news staff in “Special Reporting” (coverage of the 2013 Student Government Association election). GSTV received 5 top eight placements in six television categories; including a second-place finish for Alex Osiadacz in the “Best Television Journalist” category. In addition, Panther Report‘s Jasmina Alston placed third in the Research Paper category. WRAS’ program The Hub placed fourth in the category of Best College Audio News Program.
For more information on the 2014 conference, contact SEJC President Dr. Robert T. Buckman at email@example.com.
New South to feature book signing at AWP (February 19, 2014)
Author Christopher Merkner will be signing copies of his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic, at the New South table at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle, WA. The book signing will begin 3:00pm, Friday, February 28.
Merkner’s “Three Works” appeared in the Winter 2011 New South edition. He has also been selected to be the guest Fiction Judge for the 2014 New South Writing Contest.
Copies of the last three editions of New South will be available for purchase for those attending AWPC. The conference runs from February 26-March 1.
Signal tops GCPA honors for second straight year (February 10, 2014)
The Signal topped its previous record for first place finishes at the Georgia College Press Association’s “Better Newspaper” contest this past weekend. The paper received twelve first-place finishes among 21 placements in 17 categories in a ceremony at the Classic Center in Athens, GA on February 8.
Mesha Wind, treasurer of the Georgia Press Institute and reporter for The Cairo Messenger, presided over the awards ceremony, which honored work from December 2012 through the end of November 2013. Former Signal Editor-in-Chief Sabastian Wee introduced Wind and received a plaque of appreciation for his service as GCPA President.
The newspaper topped the General Excellence category for the second straight year and also placed 1st in the categories News, Sports, Features and Layout & Design in the 4 Year Division A bracket. Division A refers to student newspapers from 4 Year Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments above 8,000 students. Members include The Technique (Georgia Institute of Technology), The Bell-Ringer (Georgia Highlands College), The Emory Wheel, The George-Anne(Georgia Southern), The Cluster (Mercer), The Spectator (Valdosta State), The District (Savannah State), and The Inkwell (Armstrong Atlantic State). The Signal also placed second in the 4A Advertising category and its website finished second amongst all 4 Year GCPA members.
Seven Signal staffers topped 4-Year (all division) individual categories. Winning entries included:
- Andres Cruz-Wellman and Jesus Diaz’ story on the disqualification of Student Government Association candidate Christian Hill (Best News Article based on Investigative Reporting),
- Daniel Camacho’s article on campus housing safety (Best News Article based on Objective Reporting),
- Johnny Gipson’s profile of Soul Food Cypher (Best Entertainment Story),
- Andres Cruz-Wellman’s photo of a student embracing Monica Pearson at the Modern Media Conference (Best News Photo),
- Candra Umunna’s cover photo of the November 12 issue,
- Ami Dudley’s entry in the Best Column category (based on three collected entries),
- The staff entry in the Best Editorial or Editorial Series category (based on a series of editorials regarding the 2013 GSU SGA Election).
In addition to its first-place finishes, three Signal students placed 2nd in Individual 4-Year categories: Adjoa Danso in Best Entertainment Feature (for her overview of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market), Mike Eden in Best Sports Photo (for his shot of GSU basketball player TJ Shipes’ dunking against Shorter College), and Alec McQuade in Best Sports Story (for his profile on GSU athlete Alisha Andrews). Placing 3rd in their respective categories were Samantha Reardon (in Best Column), Asia Thomas (Best News Article Based on Objective Reporting), Rhett Lewis (Best Sports Photo), and the staff’s Best Editorial Entry arguing for GSU purchasing Turner Field.
The GCPA is a division of the Georgia Press Association. For more information, visit http://www.gapress.org/gcpa.html or contact Jennifer Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signal writers will receive additional honors at the South East Journalism Conference in two weeks in Lafayette, LA. Five Signalstaff members and three GSTV staff members from the 2013 calendar year have received notifications of Top 10 finishes in the SEJC’s “Best of the South” contest. The SEJC conference will be held from February 20-22 at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. For more information, visit http://sejc.org/ or contact Robert Buckman at Robert T Buckman .
New year, new success stories for Student Media alum (January 10, 2014)
It’s a new year and several alumni from the world of GSU Student Media are ringing it in with new positions in the world of media!
Former GSTV News Director Kelly Murray begins her new position on January 27 as Production Assistant for CNN‘s Medical Unit in Atlanta. Murray, who volunteered for GSTV and served as News Director for the 2010-11 year, began work at CNN in March 2012.
Former GSTV Panther Report anchor Cody Long began work at WFXL, the Fox affiliate for the Albany, GA area, in December 2013. Long worked with Panther Report from February 2012 to the end of April 2013 in addition to writing for The Signal in Spring 2010. Long is serving as a general assignment reporter in his new position.
On January 17, Sabastian Wee, Editor-in Chief for The Signal in 2012-13, will start in the position of design editor of The Covington News. Wee began with The Signal in Fall 2011, also serving as Senior Editor in the Spring of 2012. Wee’s work in designing in-house ads resulted in national (ACP, BOCD) and regional (SEJC‘s “Best of the South”) award competitions.
The first edition of The Signal runs on Tuesday, January 14, followed by a new Panther Report on January 22.
Sailor served as Editor-in-Chief of New South from May 2011 to April 2013 during his time as a Ph.D. student in GSU’s English program.
The award is for Sailor’s novel-in-progress 1985. The story centers on a character who reflects on his year of birth and his parents’ struggles to reconcile their leftist philosophies with the American 1980s. A brief excerpt of the work can be read here at Squalorly.
Just Seen It currently airs on 233 PBS stations in 103 markets across 37 states and GSTV is the first Georgia outlet to air the show. The program has a 1486K Nielson aggregate and 60% US coverage.
Follow GSTV online via its Livestream and in campus housing on Channel 91 to find updated times.
WRAS, Signal Receive Honors at National Conventions (October 28, 2013)
Students from WRAS and The Signal received acknowledgment at the CMJ and College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press conferences respectively during the month of October.
WRAS Music Director Fray Devore received the unique “Will Never Sell Out” award at the CMJ College Radio Awards in New York, NY. The award acknowledges the efforts of a Music and/or Program Director that stands by his or her convictions in determining unique station content/playlists regardless of industry pressure. The station also received nominations in the categories of Speciality Music Director of the Year (Dar Austin Zaccaro) and Most Creative Programming (general station category).
The Signal also received honors for its design during the national College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press conference this past weekend in New Orleans, LA. Sabastian Wee received 1st place in both the Best of Collegiate Design (BOCD) and the ACP Advertising Awards in the House Ad category for his “How Thick is Your Skin?” design. Also topping a BOCD category (Editorial Illustration) was Miles Keenlyside for his article and original illustrations describing the “Teardown House” initiative of Food Not Bombs. The staff also received an honorable mention in the Ad Campaign category. Full ACP Advertising Awards results can be found here and the full BOCD21 results will be posted on the BOCD Twitter page later in the week.
The Signal also received two placements in the conference’s Best in Show awards– 4th place in the 4-year weekly tabloid category (for its October 15th issue) and 8th place in the Website (Enrollment Level 4) category.
The College Media Association will end its collaboration with the Associated Collegiate Press in 2016 and stage its fall convention in Atlanta. No further details on the location have been publicized at this time.