ECU Student Media Claims 14 Awards at State Conference
Student Media came away with two Best of Show awards and 12 individual honors in the North Carolina College Media Association Conference journalism contest Saturday at Elon University.
The East Carolinian led the way with five individual awards, including two by Editor-in-Chief Seth Gulledge, to go along with its third Best of Show victory in the past four years. Two years ago The East Carolinian also won the Best off Show Online.
Sharing the top honors with The East Carolinian in this year’s "Large School Category" were University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State and UNC Charlotte.
Gulledge and News Editor Javeria Salman were repeat winners. This year Gulledge earned an honorable mention for his photo work covering Hurricane Matthew and a second place in opinion writing to go with an honorable mention last year in opinion writing. Salman won an honorable mention this year in opinion writing for a column on being a Muslim woman in the Trump era; last year she came home with a 3rd place finish in feature writing. Both attended this year’s ceremony.
"I’m proud of the individual students whose work was recognized, amplified by the Best of Show award,” said Cherie Speller, adviser at The East Carolinian. “This is a testament to all the efforts of the newspaper staff. It truly is a privilege to work with such dedicated journalists."
The Buccaneer yearbook, meanwhile, won four individual awards as well as its third straight Best of Show. Former Buccaneer Editor-In-Chief Sarah Burke joined two others – including current editor of the Rebel art and literary publication, Elizabeth Reed – in winning a third-place award. Sharing the top yearbook honor with Buc this year were North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T.
Expressions magazine won three individual awards, including a first place award for Two-Page Spreads by Samuel Alvarado called “Outspoken Negro.” The writer, Aaron Geter, won an honorable mention for the same piece.
Terrence Dove, adviser for both the yearbook and magazine, said he, too, was proud of his students. “They do excellent work. I am proud to be able to work with such creative young professionals.”
Student Media Director John Harvey agreed, “awards are always appreciated because they show us that others outside our cocoon like what we are doing. Our students and their advisers are performing a valuable service for this community at a time when many question the veracity of independent journalism, free speech and artistic expression. We should applaud them for their achievements.”
The winners were as follows:
The East Carolinian (TEC):
- Best of Show
- 2nd Place, Sports Writing, Kayla Morton, “Taking the Plunge”
- 2nd Place, Opinion Writing, Seth Gulledge, “Assault footage overdue”
- 3rd Place, Feature Writing, Emily Harvey, “Remembering Shane Tomlinson”
- HM, Opinion Writing, Javeria Salman, “Being Muslim post-election
- HM, Photography, Seth Gulledge, “Flood hits Greenville”
- Best of Show
- 3rd Place, Sports Copy, Sarah Burke, “Super Star Schedule”
- 3rd Place, Inside Spread Design, Elizabeth Reed, “A Bittersweet Goodbye”
- 3rd Place: Student Life Copy; Ann Ray-Smith, “Crown Jewel”
- HM, Sports Copy, Anna Ray-Smith, “A Bittersweet Goodbye”
- 1st: Place, Two-Page Spread, Samuel Alvarado, “Outspoken Negro
- HM, Nonfiction, Aaron Geter, “Outspoken Negro”