Wayland yearbook staff earns three honors at journalism conference

The yearbook staff at Wayland Baptist University took home three awards from the inaugural Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference, held in Nashville Sept. 27-29.

Awards were presented for work from the 2001 edition of the Traveler, which was distributed in August at fall registration. The staff earned a Third Place Overall award for the book with an entry that included several section spreads, the table of contents, index and news pages. Nicole Doane, a graduating senior at Wayland, served as editor for the 2001 book, with help from senior Meredith Craig, junior Donna Gleason and freshmen Shayna Webb, Jennifer Parrish and Tamekia Turner.

In addition to the overall award, Craig picked up a second place award for her Student Life Spread covering Koinonia. Parrish also earned a third place award for her Student Life Spread covering Pride Week.

"I am proud of how our students did, especially in light of some of the larger schools with larger staffs that they competed against," said Teresa Young, Director of Communications at Wayland and yearbook adviser. "The 2001 Traveler is a piece for which they can all be proud and we've already heard positive comments from many of our students."

The awards banquet culminated a weekend conference hosted by the Baptist Press, a news service arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. The conference and contests for newspaper, yearbook and broadcast journalism work was open to Southern Baptist Schools across the country. Keynote addresses featured Christian news personalities including Fred Barnes, host of the "Beltway Boys" on Fox News Channel and a former White House correspondent; Terry Mattingly, nationally syndicated religion columnist for Scripps Howard; Will Norton, dean of the College of Journalism at University of Nebraska - Lincoln; and Colleen Rudy, veteran broadcast journalist who covered the Heaven's Gates suicides for KFMB in San Diego.

Conference workshops dealt with photojournalism, design and layout, interviewing and careers in religious journalism. Craig, Doane and Gleason attended the conference.