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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: 11/12/2022