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Journalism and Graphic Communication Students Win Big at Regional SPJ Conference
April 5, 2011

Journey, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) student magazine, recently took top honors for “Best Student Magazine” and “Best Affiliated Website” at a four-year college or university in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 contest.

The awards were presented on April 1 in Birmingham, Ala., and the competition covered entries from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Journey magazine won first place for “The War at Home” December issue. With hopes of reaching the community, former Editor-in-Chief Antonio Rosado dedicated this issue to homeless veterans. His staff also set aside some time to undergo a website redesign with direction from graphic design student Keith Woods and former Journey Online Editor Anamarie Shreeves.
For the “Best Affiliated Web site” in the “4-year College/University” category, Journeymagonline.com snagged the first place win as well.

“It’s been an amazing experience watching journeymagonline.com go from what it was last year to what it is now,” said Web Director Keith Woods Jr.  “I enjoy every minute of building, maintaining and designing the site.”
In addition, Journey Features Editor Kristen Swilley received the third place award for her cover story on “The War at Home” in the “Non-Fiction Magazine Article, 4-year College/University” category.

Reporting on the many South African fan parks created during last summer’s World Cup, broadcast graduate student Wandoo Makurdi brought home the third place “Online Sports Reporting, 4-year College/University” award for her “It’s like being in the stadium” piece.

“I’m especially proud of this award because it is indicative of how hard our team worked to capture the aura of history being made in South Africa,” Makurdi said.
School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean James Hawkins said, “We applaud the collaborative efforts of students in the magazine, broadcast journalism, photography and design majors on the latest recognition of their work. This honor serves as an indication of the quality of work that goes into the creation of Journey and other journalistic websites.”
According to the spj.org site, first place winners will advance to the national round of judging, and national winners will be announced in early May.

The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication was founded in 1982. Its Division of Journalism was the first journalism program at a historically black university to be nationally accredited by the ACEJMC. It offers four journalism sequences: newspaper, magazine production, broadcast (radio and television) and public relations.

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