UT Martin’s radio station, students earn recognition

UT Martin’s radio station, students earn recognition

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:26 pm

The Messenger 03.02.11

WUTM-FM, the University of Tennessee at Martin radio station, has been named the Best College Radio Station in the South for the second consecutive year.
The award was presented at the Southeast Journalism Conference convention held recently in Troy, Ala.
The station has placed in the top three in this category five of the last six years. This is the third time WUTM (90.3 “The Hawk”) has received the top honor in this category, claiming first place in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
“I’m elated but not surprised that WUTM has again been recognized as the best in the South,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, Department of Communications chair and associate professor. “I see firsthand the hard work and dedication that our students and their faculty adviser, Dr. Richard Robinson, demonstrate throughout the year to make this possible. I’m also very proud of all of our Pacer winners and adviser, Tomi Parrish, for her strong leadership in SEJC.”
Other 2010 “Best of the South” competition winners include Benita Evans of Dresden, who won first place in the Best College Radio Journalist category. She received a second-place award in this category the previous two years. She also took second place in this year’s onsite radio anchoring competition.
Robinson, assistant professor of communications, said, “Our students worked extremely hard this year. This effort has been combined with strong administration support. It is gratifying that the Southeast Journalism Conference recognizes the commitment of the Department of Communications, which enables WUTM to be the best college radio station it can be.”
In campus newspaper “Best of the South” competition, Pacer Life co-editor Regina Emery of Dover won second place in the Best Entertainment Writer category; former Pacer executive editor Casey Curlin of Fulton, a December 2011 graduate, placed fourth in Best Newspaper Layout and Design competition; and Pacer managing editor Jennifer DeYeso of Martin placed sixth in advertising. Kim Barnett-Sledd of Dresden, who is on the Spirit magazine staff, took third place in the onsite media law competition.
As part of the conference, Tomi McCutchen Parrish, UT Martin instructor of communications and adviser to both the Pacer and Spirit, was named president of the SEJC for next year, when the event will be hosted on the UT Martin campus.
“All of our student media staff members work tirelessly to hone their skills,” Ms. Parrish said. “We appreciate the awards, but we also appreciate the daily efforts of our students to serve UT Martin via print, Web and broadcast. We also are incredibly excited about bringing the SEJC convention here in February 2012 so we can show off our school.”

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