Claflin Reporter Receives First SC Collegiate Award | Local
The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot on college campuses. Some students adapted well and even excelled. One is Jaliah Robinson, editor of The Panther, Claflin University’s student newspaper.
On Friday, Robinson’s work in 2021 was recognized by receiving the South Carolina Press Association’s collegiate division’s highest individual honor, SC Collegiate Journalist of the Year for colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 enrollments. Robinson becomes the sixth Panther reporter to win the award in the past eight years, an unprecedented run.
In 2021, Little River’s Robinson put his skills to good use on a de facto COVID beat, as well as producing other work for The Panther and outlets such as Edisto River Review, Oprah Daily and Woman’s Day. .
And the young Mass Communication student and Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College student with a GPR 4.0’s collegiate journalism efforts went even further:
- Editorial Intern, Claflin October 2019-May 2021, In Touch, In Tune, In Vision – Honors College Newsletter. Editor. Responsible for writing content provided to over 250 Honors College Scholars.
- Freelance journalist, Hearst Magazine, January-June 2021. Interview with community elder about life experiences and lessons for the Black History Month project, “Project Tell Me”.
- Editor of Culture Magazine, Claflin August 2021-present. Assign, edit, format and create content for Claflin’s Mass Communications department magazine.
- Member: National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
- Student Government Association, Social Media Specialist, Claflin 2021-22. Communicate SGA’s messages and goals to the student body through social media posts, flyers, slogans, and monthly reports.
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The judges praised the Panther editor:
“Robinson ranks first for the quality, quantity and diversity of work samples entered into this portfolio. She tackled tough issues – issues of public safety, policing, and issues of growth and development on campus and in her community. She has written several articles on the impact of COVID-19 on everything from returning home to returning to on-campus learning.
“Robinson is the epitome of a good community journalist. In the nomination, she said she sees herself as a bridge between her peers and the situations that affect us. …
“She also demonstrated strong feature writing skills through profiles… The judges also enjoyed reading her creative writing samples of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
“Additionally, Robinson is recognized for her academic excellence, her heart for community service and her involvement on campus. “
After Claflin, Robinson plans to pursue a master’s degree in publishing at Boston University and then a career as a magazine or book publisher.
The other Claflin journalists who won the award are:
- 2020 — Marcus Hamilton
- 2018 – Olanma Hazel Mang
- 2017 – Bradley Harris
- 2015 – Andres Waters
- 2014 – Princess Williams