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MTSU student journalists win 9 regional awards, including top website

Student journalists from Middle Tennessee State University won nine awards at the recent Southeast Journalism Conference, including four first-place finishes in several of the most competitive categories.

MTSU's college news website, www.mtsusidelines.com, won first place in the Best College Website category for the 2015 Southeast Journalism Competition. (Photo courtesy of MTSU Sidelines)

MTSU student journalists are celebrating the first-place win for www.mtsusidelines.com in the Best College Website category at the 2015 Southeast Journalism Competition. (Photo courtesy of MTSU Sidelines)

Meagan White won first place in the Best Opinion/Editorial Writer category, and John Connor Coulston won first in the Best Arts and Entertainment Writer category. Erin Thomas, who graduated in December, won first place in the Best Radio Feature Reporter contest.

Rounding out the top honors was first place in the Best College Website event, honoring the redesign of www.mtsusidelines.com that went online in 2015. Students were judged on their work published between November 2014 and November 2015.

“I couldn’t be happier about the awards brought home by our student journalists,” said Leon Alligood, faculty adviser to Sidelines. “It’s very rewarding to see their hard work recognized.”

Sarah Taylor won three awards: a second in the Best News Writer category, a third in Best Multimedia Reporter and a 10th in the College Journalist of the Year categories.

Sidelines staff photographer Greg French was recognized with sixth place in the Best Press Photographer category.

Entries came from 35 universities and colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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