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SJGC Students Secure Wins at the SPJ Sunshine State Awards

By Raiyana Malone

Nathan Vinson, Karlyn Sykes, and Aiyana Ishmael of Journey Magazine Pictured: Nathan Vinson, Karlyn Sykes, and Aiyana Ishmael of Journey Magazine

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) students in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication were recognized for their work at the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Awards in Fort Lauderdale, FLA on Saturday, July 20. Students won awards in three of the 17 categories.

  • First Place: Best Student Publication, Journey Magazine
  • Second Place: Best Page Design: Malkia Peterson and Destiny Crawford, Journey Magazine
  • Third Place: Best Opinion Column: Jakeira Gilbert, Florida A&M University for Tallahassee Democrat, “Do You Recognize my Black America?”

Professor Francine Huff, Journey Magazine advisor says Journey allows students to explore creativity in journalism.

“I think Journey is really a great place for students who want to experiment a little bit with that their learning in SJGC,” she said. “The magazine really allows them to tap into the trendy and talk about cultural and style issue and present that to the campus community.”

Journey Magazine also won accolades for “Best Student Publication” in 2016 and 2018. The magazine's former Editor in Chief (EIC) Karlyn Sykes says that SJGC has assisted her in leading the Journey magazine staff to victory.

“SJGC challenges us to be dynamic and not static journalists, whether you want to be a reporter on tv, social media or a fashion brand you have to tap into all those skills,” said Sykes.

The SPJ Sunshine State Award have been celebrating student works in the state of Florida since 1995. Journey Magazine, along with Jakeira Gilberts opinion piece, competed against Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.