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Journalism students bring home the hardware

Posted October 24, 2019
By Rebekah Friedmancommunications manager,, 803-576-7270

Journalism students took home nine awards at the 2019 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press awards luncheon. The annual ceremony, held Oct. 26 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, recognizes the best student and professional work in radio and TV. 

University of South Carolina students received the most awards in the television category of any other schools recognized at the event, surpassing their eight wins from the previous year. 

“It’s great to see our students recognized for their hard work, especially those who are heading out on the job market this semester,” says journalism sequence head Laura Smith, who accompanied the group to Charlotte. “It also draws attention to some of the new classes we’re offering in our program that helped hatch these awards, like the Advanced Multimedia Journalism, Podcasting and Sports Journalism. It’s incredibly exciting.”

This year’s winners were:

D. Haney Howell Student Journalist of the Year
Elena Barilla

Best Student Multimedia Report
1st place - The Legend of Serial Killer Pee Wee Gaskins - Kyle O’Connor

Best Student News Reporting
1st place - Columbia Structural Safety - Elena Barilla
2nd place - Richland Childhood Hunger - Elena Barilla/Maggi Marshall

Best Student Feature Reporting
1st place - Primal Gourmet Kits - Ariana Mount
2nd place - Axe Throwing - Adam Orfinger

Best Student Photography
2nd place - Ladybug Release - Darbi Horne

Best Student Sportscast
2nd place - Carolina News Sportscast, Nov. 20, 2018 - Nick Proto

Best Student Weathercast
2nd place - Carolina News Weathercast, April 8, 2019 - Ashten Latta

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