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Robertson School Professor and Student Win Major Journalism Awards

Sep 20, 2016

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A Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture journalism professor and student were each recently given major awards at the annual Excellence in Journalism Conference hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Jeff South, an associate professor of journalism and director of undergraduate studies in the School, was honored with SPJ's prestigious Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. The award is given to instructors who have made direct, “contributions to journalism, journalism education” and who are dedicated to “maintaining the highest standards of the profession.” This is the first time in the School's history the award has been given to a journalism faculty member.

At the same conference, Robertson School sophomore SaraRose Martin was recognized with the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award. This honor is given to a current journalism student who has proven themselves dedicated to First Amendment causes and practices through the craft of journalism. Both South and Martin accepted their awards on Monday at the conference in New Orleans.