Student Journalists Awarded

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Michael Sampson--Kenton Jacobsen was a panelist with student interns and he was selected to introduce Todd Starnes to the group.

California Baptist University’s Journalism Program students won big this past weekend, not only in awards, but in the spiritual growth of their chosen profession.

Baptist schools from around the country came together October 8-10 for the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Collegiate Journalism Conference in Nashville, Tennessee to experience the full spectrum of modern Christian journalism and to submit work from their respective schools.

Each of CBU’s three publications were submitted for review during the conference. The journalism students brought home 11 awards including: 3rd place for Individual Yearbook, various photo journalism, writing and design awards for “The Banner” newspaper and “The Angelos” yearbook.

The conference was more than an awards banquet; it provided an opportunity for students to walk away with more knowledge about the field of journalism.

“We have several goals for the students who come here,” Will Hall, vice president for news services at Baptist Press, said. “One is that we hope they gain skills, which is why we have skill building workshops, we want to make sure they come here and leave better prepared for their respective crafts. We also want them to have an opportunity for professional networking because that’s critical for getting that foot in the door for their chosen career.”

Kenton Jacobsen, student adviser for “The Banner” newspaper was asked to participate in a panel of student interns. Jacobsen spoke about his internship during the summer of 2010 with Fox News in New York. Jacobsen was also asked to introduce Todd Starnes of Fox News to the group of students, faculty and professional journalists.

The three-day event offered different sessions in which students could network and discuss with journalism professionals how to advance their careers in the profession and how to become and maintain a Christian perspective in such a secular field.

“I thought it was really great getting to network with established Christian journalists,” Katherine Seipp, Editor-in-Chief for CBU’s newest publication, “Pursuit”, said. “It’s nice knowing they are out there and that they network and support one another.”

Professional Christian journalists from many facets of the journalism world came to Nashville to educate and network with journalism students and to teach them how to be journalists in today’s society.

Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio and Michael Ray Smith, award winning writer and photographer, were present to teach session and speak to attendees about their profession and how they incorporate the Christian faith into it.

“It was encouraging hearing from Todd Starnes and Michael Ray Smith on being Christians in this industry and what it takes,” Seipp said.

The awards are displayed in the Banner office on the third floor of the James building.