Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication has been recognized for excellence. WANM radio, Journey Magazine, and four journalism and graphic communication students have all been named “2008 Best of the South” contest winners by the Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC).
“I’m very proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication in keeping the station relevant and for consistently delivering high quality content to the FAMU and Tallahassee radio market,” said Keith Miles, station manager for WANM. “I’m thankful to our listeners who consistently tell us what’s working and what’s not. We’re proud to be a resource that our community counts on for news, sports, information and entertainment and are committed to continue excellence in broadcasting.”
The competition included students from 32 colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Brent Hatchett, a senior broadcast student from Detroit, Mich., was the first place winner in the “Best Television Journalist” category. Hatchett, who previously worked part-time at WTXL-TV, served as a FAMU TV 20 news anchor in the fall 2008 and regularly hosts a gospel program on WANM 90.5, also recently won a Hearst Award for one of his TV news packages.
Xion Lester, a senior broadcast student from Tallahassee who also is an anchor for FAMU TV 20 News at Five, won third place in the “Best Radio Journalist” category.
Leitoya Snelling, a junior arts education student from Tallahassee, won first place in the “Best Magazine Layout” category. Taylar Barrington, a freshman photography student from Stone Mountain, Ga., received an honorable mention in the Best Press Photographer category.
“We congratulate the winners,” said James Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. “We’re delighted that our students placed extremely well in this competition.”