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Lipscomb Journalism and New Media faculty honored for 2020 coverage

Logan Butts  | 

Communications Broadcast

Lipscomb University Journalism and New Media faculty have been honored for their work during 2020. 

At the annual Tennessee Sportswriters Association writing contest, two members of the Journalism and New Media department were honored.

Adjunct professors Mark McGee (’79) and Cory Woodroof (’14) took home awards for their work that was produced from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. 

McGee earned third place in the Division IV (colleges) Best Feature Writer category for his pieces written for the Lipscomb athletic department’s sports information team. 

Woodroof received a third-place honor in the Division III (high schools) Best News/Event Writer category for his work with the Brentwood Homepage, where he is the assistant editor. 

Alum Russell Vannozzi (’19) also took home three awards in the Division III categories - second place in the Gary Lundy Writer of the Year, first place in the Best Feature Writer, and second place in the Best News/Event Writer - for his work as sports editor for Main Street Media. 

At the 71st annual Tennessee Press Association Awards, adjunct professor Tim Ghianni received two first-place awards.  Ghianni, who works with Lipscomb’s student-news service Lumination, earned the honors in the Coronavirus News Coverage and Coronavirus Features Coverage categories for his work with the Tennessee Ledger.  

Here’s what the TPA had to say about his work: 

"… The Ledger went beyond the obvious stories and found fresh, interesting angles that others overlooked. The writing style of staffers had a flow that made reading a pleasure, but what stood out more was the Ledger's willingness to go deep into a story and humanize it with multiple individuals whose stories were worth telling. The quality of work was good across the entry, but Tim Ghianni's feature on the North Nashville neighborhood was exceptional and would have given the Ledger the win in this category all by itself."

These honors come off the heels of student journalists taking home nine awards at the Southeastern Journalism Conference’s Best of the South Awards in the spring, an event that was hosted by Lipscomb. 

Lipscomb University’s Department of Communication and Journalism is housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. It offers undergraduate degree programs in public relations, journalism and new media, and advertising.