Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chapter president Fellows turns over the reins due to move to Texas

For those of you who have not heard via WPLN, our chapter president and my personal friend, local Morning Edition host Jacqueline Fellows, is leaving NashVegas to move back to her hometown of Dallas.

I know we are all sad to see her go but excited for her that she is heading back to her roots, and we all wish her the greatest success.

Our new incoming chapter president will be our president-elect (and my old boss at The Tennessean), Deborah Fisher.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Channel 5 takes two first places in Nat'l Headliner Awards

Congrats to our Tennessee winners in the 2011 National Headliner Awards!

Jennifer Kraus and Bryan Staples of WTVF-Channel 5 took first place in the broadcast category for business and consumer reporting for their report "veteran support organization." And Channel 5's Ben Hall and Iain Montgomery took first place in the environmental reporting category for "Big Coal's Political Power."

More winners:

  • Local interest column on variety of subjects, 2nd place, for (my friend and former co-worker) Wendi C. Thomas of the Commercial Appeal.
  • Individual sports column, first place, went to Geoff Calkins of the Commercial Appeal.
  • Education writing, 2nd place, went to (more friends and former co-workers) Jaime Sarrio and Brad Schrade of The Tennessean
See all the recipients here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SPJ Region 12 spring conference goes off without a hitch at Lipscomb

Journalists from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana converged on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville Saturday for the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists' Region 12 spring conference.

Among the highlights:

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lipscomb, TSU, Vol State honored at Mark of Excellence Awards

Student journalists from Lipscomb University, Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College took home honors today in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence competition for Region 12.

Lipscomb took first place awards for breaking television reporting, online news reporting and best independent online student publication, along with a second-place finish in breaking news photography.

TSU won first place for best all-around radio newscast for WTST AM-1600's Tiger News Network reports.

Vol State took home first place for best student magazine in the two-year college category.

The awards were given out today during the regional conference on the Lipscomb campus.

Congrats to our local winners! For details on all the winners, check out the complete list below.

2011 Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards results