SELU students making news

Southeastern University students will be competing this February at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC).  The three-day conference will be hosted by the University of Tennessee-Martin on Feb. 9.

The conference will offer competitions in 14 journalism categories.  Some categories include television reporting, news writing, photojournalism and multimedia. The 21 students attending from Southeastern will compete in a specific category that they were nominated for by faculty members.

Dr. Amber Narro, advisor for the Press Club, encourages students to attend the conference. “It’s an opportunity for you guys to go and represent your school,” said Narro.

Students attending SEJC look forward to the many experiences it will bring them. Maleca Foster, a sophomore, will be competing in news writing. This will be her second time attending SEJC, but her first time competing.  “The best thing is the interacting of the different communities and colleges,” said Foster.

Crystal Schayot, a senior, will be competing in multimedia. She is also attending for the second time. Schayot is a general studies major with a concentration in art. Her love for photography and art attracted her to the Press Club. Schayot jokingly commented about taking a photojournalism course, “I was really scared to death. All these people are going to be in here using all these big fancy cameras. I have this little Kodak camera, winging it the whole time, but it obviously works!”

Founded in 1985, SEJC has focused on its two main purposes: to foster students’ interest in the field of journalism, and to create a network for student journalists in the Southeast United States.  Southeastern students have been participating in SEJC since the first convention in 1988.

To learn more about the categories that participants will compete in or about the Southeastern Journalism Conference, visit

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