ABAC’s student-operated media has recently won over 20 awards. Both The Stallion newspaper and Stallion TV attended conferences in Georgia during the month of February. These conferences allow students to compete with other schools and promote their newspapers and video productions.
The first conference took place in Athens at the University of Georgia’s campus on Feb. 14. The Georgia College Press Association (GCPA) presented the newspaper staff with the following awards in their division: Second in General Excellence, first in Best News Investigative Reporting, second in Overall Improvement, third in General Photography Excellence, second in General Advertisement, first in Best Community Service Features, third in Best Community Service Editorials and first in Best Community Service News.
Several staff members also won awards in the Individual Categories, including first Best Feature Story for Tristin Clements, first in News Photography by Alex Griffin, and first in Best Feature Story for Randie Sumner. Several other awards were given as well.
The next conference they attended was the 2020 Southern Regional Press Institute in Savannah. The awards included: Second in Feature Cover Photo, Second in Editorial Column by Tristin Clements, Third in Features by alumnus Dalton Spangler, first in Features by Randie Sumner, third in Video News by Eddie Souter, first in Video News by Kaitlyn Herrington, and second for the Stallion’s Website.
As the Editor, I am proud of my staff and the work they’ve done throughout the semester. Conferences such as these are a great learning opportunity for our upcoming staff. The conferences also offer informational sessions on reporting and journalism. These sessions include topics like newsletters, copyright, breaking news and investigative journalism. They also provide an opportunity to showcase all their hard work to other Georgia state colleges.