Troy’s college journalists ranked high in national and regional competitions with two academic organizations, Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) and the 2018 Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC).
Troy’s TrojanVision brought home two national awards last week from the IBS, and the SEJC gave Troy University media organizations 14 awards.
The IBS recognized TrojanVision as having the “Best TV/Video Newscast” and the “Best TV/Video Promotion” at its annual conference in New York.
According to Jeff Spurlock, the director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, this is the first year Troy has competed in the IBS competition, and TrojanVision and its members placed in five categories.
“We know that what we do is unlike the kind of opportunity that college journalism students get at most universities,” said Kyle Bozeman, the TrojanVision television manager. “We know that it prepares our students for the real world of television news, and when we get awards like this, it lets other people know that.”
SEJC is an academic organization that recognizes school media organizations and its members who submit work in the Best of the South Collegiate Journalism Competition, which receives entries from more than 45 member colleges and universities in all states across the Southeast.
For the second year, TrojanVision was awarded No. 1 as Best College TV Station in the Southeast and as Best College Video News Program.
Students in TrojanVision also took home various awards in individual categories.
“Freshman year, I looked up to the people that placed in SEJC, and it’s crazy to think now I am a senior and I was awarded,” said Madison Neal, a senior broadcast journalism major from Cleveland who placed fourth as Best TV Journalist.
According to Anna Kate Patterson, a senior broadcast journalism major from Dothan, it was difficult to hold down the excitement after her sixth-place award for Best TV Feature Reporter.
“I won for a package over the summer about a company called Flags for Vets honoring Chancellor Jack Hawkins,” Patterson said. “It was a fun story to do because it was the first time I got to interview the chancellor.
“My parents were super excited, I was excited and I was pretty proud of it.”
Sarah Singleterry earned second place as Best Television Hard News Reporter.
The Tropolitan was named No. 4 in Best College Newspaper, No. 3 in the Best Public Service Journalism category and No. 5 for Best College Website.
Steve Stewart, an assistant professor of journalism and adviser to the Tropolitan, expressed his excitement for the journalism students.
“I was very proud of our students and the awards they won,” Stewart said. “The awards aren’t so important, but the services they provide to our readers are important.
“The awards reflect the fact that the judges thought they were serving the readers well.”
In individual categories in print publication, James Shipma earned second place as Best Print Advertising Staff Member, Michael Shipma earned third as Best Sports Writer, Emily Foster received fifth place as Best Arts and Entertainment Writer and Abigail Nicholson won sixth place for Best News-Editorial Cartoonist/Illustrator.
For his work with Troy Public Radio, Eriq Roberts placed No. 1 as Best Radio Journalist and took home a third-place award for Best Radio News Feature Reporter.
Roberts said he was “shocked and flattered” after learning his entries ranked high in SEJC and attributed his success to the close relationship Troy Public Radio has with Troy University journalism students.