William & Mary

Entries sought for student communications awards

The Office of University Relations is seeking submissions for two awards that recognize journalistic excellence by William & Mary students.

Each of the honors carries a monetary prize. Suzanne Seurattan, director of news marketing, is chair of the judging panel for the W. Wilford Kale Jr. Journalism Award and the Rex Smith Award. Seurattan explained that the Rex Smith Award recognizes participation in media activities at the university, while the Kale Award is presented for excellence in journalistic writing.

“The fields of the awards do overlap,” Seurattan said, “we encourage students to enter generally, applying for both awards where appropriate.”

The awards are open to all currently enrolled William & Mary students. Entries will be judged according to professional communications standards. Seurattan said editors, videographers, photographers and practitioners in other media are all welcome, along with writers, illustrators and other creators of nonfiction work. Work completed as part of a class assignment is not eligible. Interns and bloggers for University Relations and Creative Services are also not eligible.

Deadline for entries is March 18. Entrants should submit three examples of their work, along with a brief summary explaining the reasons for becoming a student journalist at William & Mary. Winners will be announced at the student awards reception in April.

Submissions should go to Gabrielle Litzinger, The College of William & Mary, University Relations, Discovery 2, Suite 101, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795. Email submissions are welcome, as well.

Award Descriptions
The Rex Smith Award

This award was established in 1960 by friends of Rex Smith, an alumnus of the College and longtime writer and editor for the Associated Press. The earnings from the endowment are presented annually to a student who participates in publication activities at the College.

W. Wilford Kale, Jr. Journalism Award
This award was established to honor a student who has shown excellence in journalistic writing at the College. The College has given this award since 1979 following its endowment by W. Wilford Kale Jr. an alumnus of William & Mary, who for many years was a reporter with the Richmond-Times Dispatch and the chief of the local Williamsburg Bureau.