Communication Majors Win First Place at SEJC

Southeastern communication students captured first place awards in the onsite competitions at the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference hosted in Oxford, Mississippi.

Connor Raborn, left, and Jeremy Rhodes, right, holding their first place certificates.
Photo by Jonathan Rhodes

The University of Mississippi hosted SEJC on Feb. 17-19 by. 18 communication students represented Southeastern and participated in the onsite competitions.

Senior communication major Connor Raborn won first place in the Arts & Entertainment category. Kaylee Collier, Jaime Gelpi and Kara Craighead won first place in the Public Relations category.

“It was just more than I would have hoped for to win first place for the second year in a row in a different category,” said Raborn. “The assignment that we were giving for the Arts & Entertainment category was pretty hectic. We kind of had to jump in and figure out what we were going to do. It was the real life hustle and bustle of trying to cover a film festival.”

Fellow senior communication major Jeremy Rhodes competed in the Radio News Reporting competition for the second year in a row and found redemption winning first place in the category after not placing last year.

“It feels really relieving and kind of awe-inspiring,” said Rhodes. “I’ve been working radio off and on for about three years now. Winning this feels like a right of passage. I feel like I arrived.”

Rhodes thanked others for his success in his category and his profession.

“I’m proud of myself, but more I want to give thanks to Richard Clark and Greg Kern who have taught me a lot in radio, and of course the Broadcast Education Association,” said Rhodes. “They have giving me opportunities to work with various editing softwares and to hone the talent.”      

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