Oct 14, 2008

Champion wins record total of awards at Baptist Press

by Jennifer Schmidt

The Liberty Champion won 14 awards at the annual Baptist Press Journalism Conference held last weekend in Nashville, Tenn. The paper took home best overall newspaper in division two and added 13 individual awards to tally its best finish in six years of competition. Liberty faced rivals from schools across the nation including perennial competitors Union University, Lee University, Biola University and Baylor University.

In last year’s competition, Liberty only won two individual awards for photojournalism in addition to the overall prize. This year Alex Towers led students with two first-place finishes in photojournalism for black and white and color photography. Towers was awarded second and third place finishes as well. His pieces included coverage from the Virginia Tech one-year anniversary of the massacre and Dr. Jerry Falwell’s funeral.

Nick Poole won first place for black and white sports photography while Brett Hastie won second place for a color portrait of Miss Lynchburg, Sarah Fitzpatrick. Ford, Hastie and Towers took home first place for work featured in a photo spread designed by Towers.
In the design category, Natalie Thurman garnered a second place awards for front page and center page designs.

Writing was also well represented with Jake Petersen winning first place for sports coverage of Dr. Eric Cohu’s work with the Israeli Football League.

Jen Slothower, copy editor of last year’s staff, was awarded second place for regular column writing. Thomas Lourdeau won third place for coverage of the Virginia Tech and Liberty baseball game that was part of the memorial services held one year after the masacre. Jennifer Schmidt took home two third place finishes for news and feature writing.

In addition to the awards received by the Champion, the Selah Yearbook received second place for overall yearbook for the "I am Liberty" theme.

All awards were based on submissions from the 2007-2008 school year. The Baptist Press is a media corporation dedicated to accurate news reporting with a Christian perspective.


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