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Students receive awards from two professional organizations

University of South Carolina students and recent graduates once again swept the annual South Carolina Press Association collegiate awards and Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards.

The SCPA awards recognize excellence in student journalism. The RTDNAC awards recognize the best student and professional work in radio and TV. Winning work was published between late 2019 and late 2020. Below is a list of winners from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SCPA Awards

UofSC students placed in almost every category for their work on Carolina News and Reporter and The Daily Gamecock.

Work recognized in the undergraduate enrollment of 5,000 or more category:

News Story

Feature Story

Arts and Entertainment Story

Sports Story

Column or Editorial Writing


Work recognized in the Open Division category

Page One Design

  • First Place - Erin Slowey and Taylor Sharkey - The Daily Gamecock - Dec. 2, 2019

Specialty Page Design 

Sports Photograph

Photo Story




Use of Social Media

RTNDA Awards

SJMC students ROCKED the RTDNAC Awards this year, with seven first place awards and six second place awards in TV and a second place radio award as well. Some of the highlights:

  • The school swept three categories:  Best Student Multimedia report, Best Student News Reporting and Best Student Photography.
  • One recent graduate, Spencer Buckler, took home the Haney Howell Student Journalist of the Year Award (and best Student TV News Producing as well).
  • Another recent graduate, visual storyteller Ward Jolles, took home five different awards (in news reporting, feature reporting and photography).
  • In TV categories, students took home more awards than all regional peer institutions combined.
  • In radio, the SJMC's second place award was for a podcast piece produced by multimedia journalism student Nate Lemmens and anchored by broadcast student Flynn Snyder.

TV Awards

Best Student Feature Reporting

Best Student Multimedia Report

Best Student News Reporting

Best Student Photography

Best Student Sports Story

Best Student Sportscast

Best Student TV News Producing

Best Student TV Weathercast

Haney Howell Student Journalist of the Year

Ken White Best Student Newscast

Radio Awards

Best Student Feature Reporting

Professional Awards

In the professional categories (involving TV folks from across North and South Carolina), two former SJMC students won for their work in the region:

TV News Producer of the Year (TV II)

Education (TV1)

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