Rock Hill newspaper awards Winthrop University journalism students

Herald Editor Cliff Harrington, left, hands out gift cards to Winthrop University mass communication students, second from left, Chase Duncan, Matthew Shealy and Abigail Helm Wednesday.  The students received the Terry Plumb Awards.

Herald Editor Cliff Harrington, left, hands out gift cards to Winthrop University mass communication students, second from left, Chase Duncan, Matthew Shealy and Abigail Helm Wednesday. The students received the Terry Plumb Awards.

tkimball@heraldonline.com

Three Winthrop University students are the recipients of journalism awards named for a former editor of The Herald newspaper and a former page designer and features writer.

Winthrop students Matthew Shealy, Chase Duncan and Abigail Helm took home the awards that have honored mass communication majors for more than a decade. The Terry Plumb Herald awards are named after the former Herald editor Plumb and the late Virginia Wilcox, who was a features page designer and writer.

Senior Matthew Shealy, 21, is the sports editor of the student newspaper, The Johnsonian, and won for page design and sports feature writing.

“I’m really glad I chose coming to Winthrop,” Shealy said. “The professors have been super helpful in helping me narrow in on what path I want to take.”

Chase Duncan, 22, managing editor at The Johnsonian, won in the category of news writing.

Duncan said mass communication majors are trained in all areas of the profession.

“It really helps us excel in a little bit of everything and understand mass communication and journalism as a whole,” he said.

Senior Abigail Helm, 22, won based on a multi-media entry involving creation of a video, photography and a news story package. Helm is a digital information design major with a focus in digital mass media. Her studies focus on writing for the web, which involves mass communication classes, graphic design, computer programming and digital marketing.

“I really have enjoyed the opportunities that come with everything in the major,” she said.

Guy Reel, mass communication professor and department chair said he is proud of the winners.

“They were chosen based on just the entries that we surveyed and all strong examples of our student works,” Reel said.

Herald editor Cliff Harrington said the paper supports the tenets of quality journalism “done with the highest of integrity.”

“The Herald has a long history of working with Winthrop’s mass communication department and providing gifts for the contest winners,” Harrington said. “We hope to continue that relationship.”

Tracy Kimball is a visual journalist and reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. She joined The Herald in 1999 after graduating from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and has been with the team for 14 years total. She writes about new restaurant openings and covers feature stories.

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