The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

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Meek students and faculty receive Robert F. Kennedy Award

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by elwalke1
Courtesy of Morris Melvin

Courtesy of Morris Melvin

Students and faculty were honored on Sept. 26 with the college journalism award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. The awards ceremony was at the Newseum in Washington, and D.C. alumni showed up to support the winners. The winning multimedia project focused on University of Mississippi students engaged in service learning work in Belize. Pictured are (left to right): Lee Sanders (Jour ’85), Anna Scott (Jour ’78), Patricia Thompson (director of student media and faculty leader on the winning project), Jesse Holland (Jour ’94 and former Daily Mississippian editor in chief), Margaret Ann Morgan (Jour 2013 and a student on the winning project), Steve Riley (Jour ’80 and a member of the team that won the RFK domestic print award and the grand prize award for a joint project of The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer); student project winners Aubry Killion (Jour ’12), Katie Williamson (current student) and Cain Madden (Jour 2013); Christine Burgeson (Jour ’92), Dennis Moore Jour ’75), John Hall (Jour ’83), John Festervand, director of development. The winners had a wonderful time networking with alumni and with journalists from NBC News, PBS Frontline, CNN and with Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winner for economics who was awarded the RFK Book Award.

Courtesy of Morris Melvin

Courtesy of Morris Melvin

Students and faculty who traveled to Washington to accept the award have all been active in student media. They are (left  to right): Katie Wiliamson, who graduates in December; Cain Madden, who graduated in May 2013 and is managing editor of a newspaper in southern Virginia; Patricia Thompson, assistant professor and director of student media, holding the bust of Robert F. Kennedy; Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy; Margaret Ann Morgan, May 2013 graduate and former Miss Ole Miss who works as a correspondent for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg; Aubry Killion, who graduated in 2012 and works as a correspondent for 5News in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Others who helped produce the project but weren’t at the awards ceremony are Meek School grad Jajuan McNeil, and assistant professors Mikki Harris and Darren Sanefski.