The All State won eight awards at the Southeastern Journalism Conference held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga, from Thursday, Feb. 26, to Saturday, Feb. 28.

In the Best of the South competition, which is judged by industry professionals over the course of the four months preceding the conference, The All State took home three awards. The All State as a whole placed No. 4 in the Best College Newspaper category, which is judged against more than 30 schools in the Southeast.

In individual awards, Assistant Photo Editor Taylor Slifko ranked No. 10 in the Best Press Photographer category and Assistant News Editor Sean McCully ranked No. 2 in the Best Multimedia Journalist category.

The All State was also entered into various onsite competitions on GSU’s campus ranging from News Photography to Sports Writing, taking home five total awards.

Multimedia Editor Katelyn Clark placed No. 3 in the Page Layout competition, Features Editor Lauren Cottle placed No. 2 in the News Writing competition, Staff Photographer Megan Endsley placed No. 2 in the News Photography competition, and Slifko received an Honorable Mention in the Sports Photography competition.

The All State as a whole placed No. 3 in Onsite competitions.

The Southeastern Journalism Conference is a conference held each year since 1987 at different universities throughout the Southeast. Twenty four universities from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee had applied for conference membership by June 1986 before the first Southeastern Journalism Conference, held at the University of Alabama from Feb. 19, to Feb. 21, in 1987.

APSU and The All State aim to continue the standard of excellence set by their predecessors when they host the Southeastern Journalism Conference in 2016.