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Belmont Vision Newsroom Takes Home 19 Awards at SEJC 2024

Belmont Vision Staff with their awards.

The Belmont Vision, the student-run online news source won big at this year's Southeast Journalism Conference, held over the weekend in Troy, Alabama.

The Vision took home first place for its news website,  placed first in eight other categories and brought home a total of 19 awards.

“I'm incredibly proud of the Vision staff. They worked really, really hard this year. And it's a testament to everything they have done both in the class and out,” said Dorren Robinson, Vision faculty adviser.

The Southeast Journalism Conference is a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from eight states. Competition is broken down into pre-published work in the Best of the South contest and onsite competitions done live at the conference.

In all, 210 students from 24 schools competed in events ranging from news writing to sports television reporting. 

In the Best of the South competition, Belmont journalism students placed in 12 categories - placing first in four.

Gracie Anderson placed first in Best Radio Reporter and first in Best Radio Journalist.

The Belmont Vision also took home first place in Best Video Newscast, and first in Best Website.

Ty Wellemeyer placed second for Best Sports Writer.

Braden Simmons placed second in Opinion-Editorial Writer.

The Vision placed third for Best Audio Program.

Sarah Maninger placed third for Best Special Events Reporter/Editor.

Zach Watkins placed third in Best Television Feature Reporter and eighth in Best A&E Writer.

Tessa Pendleton placed sixth in Best News Writer.

Isaac Wetzel placed seventh for Best Photographer.

The Vision staff also placed in seven on-site categories, winning first place in five.

Cat Da Rocha and Melody Scott took first place in News Television and second place in Sports Television.

Tessa Pendleton placed first in both Feature and A&E Radio.

Zach Watkins placed first in News Radio.

Matt Sinofsky placed first in Television Anchoring.

The Belmont Vision placed third overall in the onsite competitions.

"I am so appreciative of all the hard work the students put into the events and to all faculty in the Entertainment and Media Department," said Robinson.

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