HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi’s student newspaper, The
Student Printz, and its staff recently won several awards in both
regional and state journalism competition.
The Student Printz took top honors at the Mississippi
Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, winning first-place
awards in general excellence and eight other categories. Printz
Executive Editor Noel Wilkinson was cited for the general excellence
Wilkinson took first- and second-place finish in
the Best Feature Photograph category, first-place award for Best
Front Page, and second-place awards in the Best Graphic and the
Best Layout and Design category of the contest.
The Student Printz also took home a first-place finish
in the Best Spot News-Investigative category. Other participating
student newspapers were from Jackson State University, Millsaps
College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for
Women and William Carey College.
Other award winners in the contest included:
• Sports Editor Curt Yeomans received
a first-place plaque in the Best Sports Feature category and a third-place
award in the Best Sports News story category.
• Graphic artist Scarlett Spivey won
first place in the Best Retail Advertisement category and first
and third place in the Best Miscellaneous Advertisement category.
• Rachel Quinlivan, former executive
editor who graduated in May 2004, won first place for her coverage
of a no-confidence vote for Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby F.
Thames by the faculty in the Best Spot News category.
• Former Sports Editor Jarred Florreich,
who now works for Southern Miss Media Relations, took second place
in both the Best Sports Column and Best Sports News Story categories.
• Former Printz photographer Becka Latimer,
who graduated in December 2004 and now works for a newspaper in
North Carolina, won first place in the Best General News Photograph
category and third place in the Best Sports Photograph category.
• Former Printz Photo Editor Matt Lantrip,
who now works for a newspaper in North Carolina, took second- and
third-place honors in the Best General News Photograph category.
The Student Printz staff also garnered a top five
finish overall at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) convention
in Ruston, La., tying for third place with host university Louisiana
Altogether, Southern Miss student journalists won
a dozen individual awards honoring work done in the past year as
part of the annual convention, which brings together student journalists
from colleges and universities in seven southeastern states. SEJC
combines an off-site competition, where student journalists submit
their best work during the prior calendar year in designated categories,
with an onsite competition, where they compete head-to-head with
students from other schools. Each award is part of a “top
ten list” compiled from those who enter each category and
carries a certain point total that contributes to the overall ranking.
Among the other awards won by staffers for The Student
• Anna Gibson, former managing editor
of the newspaper and a December 2004 graduate, tied for the No.
1 spot in the Best Feature Writer category. Gibson also ranked fifth
in the balloting for College Journalist of the Year.
• “Survival 101,” a summer
product created and designed by Wilkinson ranked second in the Best
College Magazine category. Additionally, Wilkinson took the seventh-place
slot in the running for College Journalist of the Year.
• Matt Lantrip, who served The Student
Printz in the fall as photo editor and graduated in December, finished
fifth in the Best Press Photographer category.
• Printz cartoonists Abbenyi Wa Abbenyi
and Russ Farris finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the
Best News-Editorial Artist/Illustrator category.
• Scarlett Spivey, the graphic artist
for The Student Printz, took sixth place in the Best Advertising
Staff Member running.
• Christopher George, who writes primarily
movie reviews for The Student Printz, finished 10th in the Best
Arts and Entertainment Writer category.
In the onsite competition, three staffers brought
home honors, which included:
• Brittany Brown, Printz news editor,
who won first place in the newswriting onsite competition.
• Managing Editor Lexey Collins took
home a second-place finish in the first amendment essay onsite contest.
• Curt Yeomans, who is sports editor
for The Student Printz, placed second in the sportswriting category
of the onsite competition.