Lumination Network receives national award for best overall website

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Lipscomb University’s student news network, Lumination, won first place for best overall Internet site at the Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference held earlier in October.
Department of Communication and Journalism faculty advisers and students attended the conference in Nashville where dozens of group and individual awards were presented for student newspapers, yearbooks, Internet sites, photography and broadcasts. 
Each year the conference hosts students from across the country to enhance their journalism experience by offering skill-building workshops and professional networking opportunities. Students also engage in worship and fellowship with peers.
In spring 2010, the Department of Communication and Journalism launched Lumination Network, a combination of online, television, radio and print news produced entirely by students. It serves as an umbrella student medium, providing continual news via the Internet, including video, audio slideshows, social media and blogs.
 “We are proud of how our student journalists built a website from scratch and developed it in just a few months into a news outlet that has been recognized by prominent national judges. We plan on this being the first of many awards,” said faculty adviser Jimmy McCollum.
The department’s revamped curriculum prepares communication students for the 21st century by mirroring the industry’s trend toward convergence in the communication classroom. As today’s media – television, print, Internet, radio – continue to overlap, students must be prepared to operate within all types of media. The addition of an executive-in-residence program is leading this effort.
The Baptist Press, supported by the Southern Baptist Convention, is a daily international news wire service and circulates to 40 state Baptist newspapers.