2024 Collegiate Meeting & Awards

April 12, 2024
Winthrop University

Awards from the 2023 Collegiate Contest were presented April 12 at Winthrop University.
Here’s more about our Collegiate Meeting & Awards Presentation! 

Winners Presentation with Judges’ Comments

View and download slides containing winners’ name, newspaper and graphic representation. Contains judges’ comments for First Place winners. Download high res PDF in SCPA’s DropBox or view/download lower res version in Issuu below.


Collegiate Meeting Program


Photos are available on SCPA’s Facebook page  and in this DropBox. View, download, tag and share them. 

Duplicate awards and plaque bases

Duplicate awards are available for purchase. Duplicate certificates are $2 each. If you’d like to frame your Second or Third Place award, wooden plaque bases are available for pick up at the Collegiate Meeting for $15. After the event, plaque bases are $25 each (includes shipping). Please email or call SCPA to order duplicate awards. 

Winners Badge

First Place General Excellence Winners

  • Under 5,000 Division: The Collegian, Bob Jones University
  • Over 5,000 Division: The Daily Gamecock, University of South Carolina

Collegiate Journalists of the Year

Under 5,000 Division:
Tyuanna ‘Ty’ Williams

The Panther, Claflin University

This year’s Collegiate Journalist of the Year in the Under 5,000 division chose the path of journalism because she believes in the power of words and the truth behind them.
In an era of print newspapers being phased out with websites and social media taking over as primary news platforms, Tyuanna “Ty” Williams, editor of Claflin University’s student newspaper The Panther, said let’s return to our roots.
Her plan was to continue emphasis on the virtual, but open up students’ horizons and provide a new way for the world to get student-produced Claflin news… by bringing back the print edition of The Panther, which is distributed on campus and available via email for students, faculty, administration and alumni.
As editor and leader of The Panther, Ty is responsible for planning, editing and recruiting reporters. She has also reported key stories including coverage of a Claflin instructor being elected to Orangeburg City Council, students attending the D.C. observance of MLK’s “Dream” speech, and student government leaders identifying priorities.
But that’s not all… Ty also spent three months as a reporter and intern at The Orangeburg Times and Democrat, for which she continues to report periodically. During that time, her collection of work included an FOI project, stories from business to cops and councils, plus topics as diverse as Juneteenth, the Civil Air Patrol, and restoration of the historic bowling alley tied to the Orangeburg Massacre.
Ty Williams’ mission is covering matters of importance at Claflin University and to its students. As a young Black woman, she said she feels media coverage of African Americans is often boxed and close-minded so one of her main goals as a journalist is to share Black stories including soft news and feel-good features to show the world that there’s more to African Americans than crime or athleticism.
For her impactful, high quality journalism, leadership and vision, please join us in recognizing Ty Williams of The Panther at Claflin University, our Under 5,000 Collegiate Journalist of the Year.

Over 5,000 Division:
Justin Robertson

The Tiger, Clemson University

This year’s recipient has proven to be a true leader who everyone can count on. And due to his versatility, he has been able to lead new member training sessions in reporting, editing, photography, social media and InDesign. He never shies away from a task and is always willing to tackle any challenge.
While the majority of his collegiate journalism career involves sports journalism, over the past year he’s taken on breaking news and investigative journalism.  In addition to a wide range of sports reporting including coverage of the impact of the ACC expansion, he has deftly covered construction, mass shooting statistics, fake ID policies, student ticketing and Greek life. He has written powerful op-eds about the importance of student journalism and getting involved in your college community.
To top it off, he contributes to social media, fills in as managing editor on production nights, designs pages and takes photos.
The Tiger’s Associate Editor Justin Robertson also revamped the sports section’s structure and has grown the staff from two to more than 15 reporters.
He writes for The Seneca Journal, contributes to Clemson Wire and frequently appears on ACC network radio.
For his journalism skills, portfolio, leadership traits and dedication to this industry, we honor Justin Robertson of The Tiger at Clemson University as our Collegiate Journalist of the Year in the Over 5,000 division.

If you have any questions, contact Jen Madden or call SCPA at (803) 750-9561.