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Fall 2023: George-Anne Media Group brings home awards from National College Media Convention

Georgia Southern University student media outlets Your Newsroom and The George-Anne Inkwell Edition brought home awards from the 2023 National College Media Convention in Atlanta.

The George-Anne Media group was represented at the National College Media Convention in Atlanta by (L-R) Nayia Worrell of Your Newsroom; Brianne Dollar of The Deep Dive; Ashley Watts and Elise Taylor of Your Newsroom; Anna Claire Edenfield of George-Anne Reflector; and David Simpson, director of student media. (Photo by Justine Cozza, assistant director of student media.)

Your Newsroom, a streaming television news outlet, was named one of six finalists in the nation for the Broadcast Pacemaker Award. The Pacemakers, awarded by Associated Collegiate Press, are considered the highest honors in college media. It was the second Pacemaker finalist nomination in Georgia Southern history. The first was in 2022, when The George-Anne Media Group was named a finalist and a winner in the Innovation Pacemaker competition.

Your Newsroom also received a second-place award for best newscast in the College Media Association. In the Associated Collegiate Press Broadcast Story of the Year awards, Your Newsroom reporter Ke’juan Humphries received fourth place for sports story and executive producer Ashley Watts received an honorable mention for news story.

The George-Anne Inkwell Edition, which serves the Armstrong Campus, received second place for best enterprise coverage of diversity for schools with enrollments of less than 10,000 in the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards. The winning entry was written by Inkwell co-editor-in-chief Emmie Roper and was part of a package of coverage about Gullah-Geechee culture.

Spring 2023: George-Anne Inkwell Edition wins top awards in state, regional competitions

The George-Anne Inkwell Edition, which serves the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University, won first-place awards in the Georgia College Press Association and Southern Regional Press Institute competitions in spring 2023.

The Inkwell Edition received first place for overall news coverage in the Georgia College Press Association contest for campuses with enrollment of 8,000 or less.

The Inkwell also was named best overall print publication at the Southern Regional Press Institute, sponsored by Savannah State University.

Fall 2022: George-Anne Media Group wins top prize in college journalism

Georgia Southern University’s student media outlets have won a Pacemaker Award, the top prize bestowed by the Associated Collegiate Press.

George-Anne delegation shown in the lobby of the hotel where Media Fest 22 took place.
The George-Anne Media group was represented at Media Fest 22 in Washington, D.C., by (front, L-R) Ashley Watts, news director of Your Newsroom; Lorena Martinez, project design editor, Creative Division; Tamara Tanksley, editor-in-chief of the Deep Dive; (back, L-R) David Simpson, director of student media; Briyanna Thompson, George-Anne Statesboro managing editor; Anna Edenfield, engagement/even editor of George-Anne Reflector; Raquel Upson, George-Anne Statesboro report; and Nayia Worrell, executive producer of Your Newsroom.

The Pacemaker Awards often are referred to as “the Pulitzers of college journalism.” The George-Anne Media Group received the only Innovation Pacemaker awarded this year to a four-year institution for “The George-Anne Media Zone,” a project to engage students with displays and conversation at the Russell Union on the Statesboro Campus.

“The Innovation Pacemaker is designed to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and reward student media for the courage to take chances to improve service to their customers, readers and communities,” the national organization said in an announcement

The George-Anne Media Zone contest entry included contributions from students Maya Albert, editor-in-chief of the Creative Division of The George-Anne Media Group; Ansley Hamilton, host of “The RU Show” for George-Anne Films; Tamara Tanksley, editor-in-chief of the Deep Dive Division and host for interviews with diversity-focused organizations at the union; and Andy Cole, former executive producer of Your Newsroom, whose reporters conducted interviews in the union about events such as the invasion of Ukraine.

The award was announced at Media Fest 22, a national journalism conference in Washington, D.C.

More awards from Media Fest 22:

George-Anne Reflector Magazine’s Spring 2022 edition, led by then-Creative Division editor-in-chief Kayla Hill and then-Reflector editor-in-chief Lauren Sabia, received:

  • First place for print design in the Best of Show contest (pages 22-25)
  • First place for best magazine cover in the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
  • Second place for best magazine feature page/spread in the Pinnacle Awards (pages 26-27)

Your Newsroom, led this fall by executive producer Nayia Worrell and news director Ashley Watts, received:

The George-Anne Daily email newsletter received ninth place in the Best of Show contest for the Oct. 19, 2022 edition, edited by Vanessa Countryman, editor-in-chief of The George-Anne Statesboro Edition.

Last updated: 11/20/2023