Updated: Apr 22
The Belmont Vision once again finds itself among the Best of the South at the 2022 Southeast Journalism Conference.
Though unable to attend the canceled on-site competition, 38 colleges and universities across seven states submitted work, including written stories, photos and video media, to be judged by journalism professionals.
Contributors at The Vision placed in seven categories and took home eight awards, including first place for Best Website.
“It’s so nice to see all the hard work from a really dedicated group of journalists. I think students who work at The Vision are producing professional-quality work,” said faculty adviser Dorren Robinson.
“I’m most pleased with the college website. I think it shows the depth and the breadth of what we produce, not just as far as visual appeal but content.”
Vision staff also received a number of individual awards.
Anna Jackson won third place for Best News Writer and second place for College Journalist of the Year.
Margot Pierson won second place for Best Arts and Entertainment Writer.
Former managing editor Kendall Crawford won fourth place for Best Feature Writer. Crawford, who graduated in 2021, is a full-time reporter for Iowa Public Radio.
Jessica Mattsson won sixth place for Best Sports Writer.
Former sports editor Ian Kayanja tied for third place in the same category. Kayanja, another 2021 alumnus, is a graduate student of journalism at the University of North Texas and writes for A to Z Sports Dallas.
“It’s always nice to hear that people think you did good work,” Kayanja said of his award, but he added that it’s building a story from the ground up that is most rewarding for him.
This article was written by Anna Jackson and Sarah Maninger.