Oct 10, 2006

Champion captures eight awards at Baptist Press conference

by Jared Pierce, Asst. Sports Editor

Five members of the Liberty Champion staff traveled over the weekend to Nashville, Tenn., to attend the 2006 Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference. This year’s theme was “Capture the Vision.” The annually held event is sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention and features prominent Christian speakers, various workshops and a job fair. The event culminates in an award ceremony held on the last evening of the conference.

During the ceremony, which is based on in-dividual submissions from last year’s editions, The Champion won eight awards. Among the highlights were two awards for photographer Alex Towers in sports photography and a second place overall award for the paper.

The Baptist Press also posthumously honored former Champion Photo Editor Adam Bishop, who tragically died in an automobile accident in May. He was awarded for a photograph taken during the Spring Break 2006 trip to with Dr. Ergun Caner.

The conference allowed students from many different Christian schools to gather together and fellowship with fellow Christian journalists. Among the schools that were represented were Gardner-Webb University, California Baptist University, Union University and Mary-Hardin Baylor University. Other universities who received awards but were not represented included Baylor University and Campbell University.

There were five separate small sessions in which students could pick the topic they wanted to hear about. The speakers included Deborah Evans-Price, a columnist for Billboard magazine, and Liberty graduate Pamela Walck, who now writes business and politics for the Savannah Morning News. The topics ranged from Christians blogging to faith in the newsroom to tips on how to conduct a proper interview.

Each morning students were also treated to speakers and a short praise and worship session by recording artist Jaime Jamgochain. Peter Kerr, who is a professor at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., gave the opening speech Thursday night. He was followed by Biola University

professor Michael Longinow on Friday and Dawn Eden, who is an assistant news editor and writer at the New York Daily News, on Saturday.

The keynote speaker for the event was Marvin Olasky. Olasky is the editor of World Magazine and a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an expert in all things Christian journalism.

 

Contact  Jared Pierce at jpierce2@liberty.edu.


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