Awards and Recognition

Garnet Media earns regional advertising honors

Student staff members from Garnet Media Group and Garnet & Black magazine – one of Garnet Media Group’s partner organizations – earned local honors at the virtual American Advertising Awards gala on Feb. 27, 2021.

  • Gold ADDY (first place) and Student Best in Show: Interactive Tarot card Snapchat filter that accompanied a piece in Garnet & Black's fall 2020 issue, designed by Emily Schoonover, G&B's creative director
  • Gold ADDY: UofSC Homecoming's 2020 logo, designed by Molly Collins
  • Silver ADDY: Garnet Media Group recruitment advertisement, designed by Emily Schoonover, who also serves as Garnet Media Group's lead designer for the Creative Services team
  • Silver ADDY: Overall design of Garnet & Black's fall 2020 issue, featuring the work of multiple designers led by Schoonover, Editor-in-Chief Mark Maddaloni and Art Director Alizajane Hicks
  • Silver ADDY: Behind-the-scenes video from "Illumination" style photoshoot, created by Chloe Neal, G&B's former multimedia director

SGTV wins 6 more national college media awards

Staffers from SGTV, the university’s student-run television station and a partner organization in Garnet Media Group, were recognized for their work on promotional videos, news coverage and two short films. Their work was awarded several national awards from the College Broadcasters Inc. at the National Student Electronic Media Convention, held virtually Oct. 30, 2020.

National Student Production Awards

  • First place, Best General Entertainment Program: Man with a Microchip,” an episode of Weird Things with Ward, by Ward Jolles, Spencer Buckler, Finn Carlin and Vincent Arceo
  • First place, Best Video Station Promo: B&W SGTV News 4 Commercial, by Ward Jolles
  • Second place, Best Video Documentary: “Mr. Blue Sky,” by Savannah Cerniglia, Zach Spencer, Rachel Smith, Connor Bettge, Hannah Perala, Henry Coonrod, Ben Wuori, Brandon Floyd and Luismario Rosas
  • Third place, Best Video Station Promo: Garnet Media Group Coronavirus Promo, by Spencer Buckler
  • Fourth place, Best Video Hard News Reporting: “Coronavirus Outbreak Leaves USC Empty,” by Ward Jolles

Video Media Festival

  • Third place, Short Film–Fiction: “All Bark,” by staff members in SGTV’s short film group, 1080C Productions

Garnet Media earns 16 national awards

Oct. 26, 2020

Students from SGTV, The Daily Gamecock, Garnet & Black, WUSC and Garnet Media Group's marketing and Creative Services teams were recognized for outstanding work in five contests hosted by the College Media Association and the Associated Collegiate Press. Winners were announced during the organizations' jointly held annual journalism conference, which was held virtually Oct. 22-24.

2020 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemakers

The Associate Collegiate Press’ annual Pacemaker contest is widely regarded as the most prestigious award in student media. Pacemakers recognize overall excellence in a student media organization, and this year marks the first time ACP has awarded Pacemakers in the broadcast news category.
SGTV News 4, the news reporting branch of the university’s entirely student-managed television station, was one of only three organizations in the nation to win the 2020 Broadcast Pacemaker. Current Station Manager Spencer Buckler, former News Director Ward Jolles, and former Station Manager Chris Terry were among the student staff members who led the organization to nationally recognized success.  

2020 ACP Individual Awards

ACP’s Individual Awards honor excellence in individual pieces of work done across the scope of collegiate student media, including everything from advertising to writing to a unique-to-2020 category for COVID-19 coverage. Garnet Media Group was recognized for work done by Garnet & Black magazine, the marketing team and the Creative Services team.

Third place, Sports Feature Story of the Year: Taylor Jennings-Brown, current managing editor of Garnet & Black magazine, was awarded third place in the nation for her story, “Untold Legacy,” about understanding the legacy of her grandfather, Jackie Brown, who, in 1970, was the first African-American to start for the Gamecock football team.

Fourth place, Advertisement of the Year, rate card: Emily Schoonover, lead designer for Garnet Media Group’s Creative Services team, was honored for her work on the 2019-20 GMG media kit.

Fifth place, Advertisement of the Year, newspaper special section: Garnet Media Group’s marketing team, led by Marketing
Director Gracie Bryant, earned fifth place in the nation for the 2020 issue of GMG’s annual Best of Carolina special edition. The publication features audience-voted picks across 50 categories for the best organizations and businesses in the Carolina community, and voting is currently open for the 2021 edition.

2019-2020 College Media Association’s Organizational Pinnacles

The College Media Association’s annual Pinnacle Awards recognize top-tier work in collegiate student media across the nation. The organizational awards recognize overall excellence and quality of work for the contest year.

First place, four-year TV Station of the Year: SGTV was recognized as the best student-run TV station in the country for “excellence in coverage, content and reporting, production quality, service to the campus community and innovative use of audio/video.” SGTV’s winning entry featured work from Station Manager Spencer Buckler and other student leaders including Lydia Blackstone, Kendall Smith, Tom Santaniello, Finn Carlin and Calista Yost. SGTV placed second in this contest last year.

2019-2020 CMA Individual Pinnacles

The College Media Association’s individual Pinnacle Awards honors individual student work in categories including design, advertising, writing and multimedia. This year, out of a record number of entries, Garnet Media Group was recognized for work done by students in all four partner organizations, as well as members of the marketing and Creative Services teams.

First place, online advertisement: Molly Collins, 2020 alumna and former Creative Services designer, earned first place for the design of an online banner ad for Wedge.

First place, best advertisement (design): Emily Schoonover, lead designer for Creative Services, won first place for her “Book Smarts, Meet Street Smarts” advertisement for USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.

First place, best newspaper entertainment spread (design): Taylor Sharkey, former design director for The Daily Gamecock, earned first place for the design of the “Homecoming Hootie” spread, about the legacy of USC-born rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.

First place, best special section (four pages or less): The staff of The Daily Gamecock was awarded first place for its 2019 special section, "A Campus Divided," about the university's recent presidential search and selection process. The stories and reporting were done by former Editor-in-Chief Genna Contino, current Managing Editor Rita Naidu, and former Managing Editor Taylor Washington; graphics were created and compiled by current Editor-in-Chief Erin Slowey.

Second place, best advertising supplement/special section: Garnet Media Group’s marketing team, led by Marketing Director Gracie Bryant, was recognized for the 2020 issue of Best of Carolina, an annual publication from GMG that features audience favorites from the Carolina community.

Third place, best campus engagement: WUSC, the university’s student-run radio station, was recognized for its 2019 Cybergarden Fall Fundraiser, organized by the 2019-20 WUSC executive staff led by then-Station Manager Samira Nematollahi.

Third place, best photo illustration: Olivia Griffin, former staff designer for Garnet & Black, earned third place for her photo illustration, for the piece “Seeing Stars” in the magazine’s winter 2019 issue.

Honorable mention, best audio promo/public service announcement: Ben Spells, public affairs director for WUSC, was recognized for his work on an audio PSA for the station’s fundraiser week.

Honorable mention, best video promo/public service announcement: Ward Jolles, former news director for SGTV, was recognized for his promotional video highlighting the work and mission of SGTV News 4.

2020 CMA Film and Audio Festival

The College Media Association’s annual film and audio festival recognizes outstanding work in categories unique to this contest, like DJ performance, creative work, animation, and video and audio reporting.

Second place, video feature package: SGTV News Director Lydia Blackstone and reporters Will Kronsberg and Frank Martinez earned honors for their feature story on Carolina Styles, the barbershop and salon located inside UofSC’s Russell House.

Second place, video news package: Former News Director Ward Jolles and Vincent Arceo, SGTV’s digital manager, were recognized for their May 30 story “‘I Can’t Breathe’ Rally Turns Violent” about protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Daily Gamecock wins 25 statewide journalism awards

Sept. 17, 2020

Students from The Daily Gamecock and Garnet Media Group’s advertising design team earned 25 statewide awards at the annual South Carolina Press Association’s Collegiate Contest. Winners were announced on Sept. 14, 2020 via a virtual awards ceremony.

The Daily Gamecock won first place as an organization in the General Excellence category for the 10th time in the past 12 years. About the selection, judges said The Daily Gamecock is “a very good publication with diverse and complete coverage of campus life. Good photos, strong writing. Layout is clean and easy-to-read; great job!”

The Daily Gamecock earned first place in 12 other categories as well:

  • Arts & Entertainment Story: Awarded to Nick Sullivan for “Homecoming Hootie
    • Judges’ comments: “Hootie has been written about so often, I wasn’t sure there was anything new to say, but your writing surprised me in a good way!”
  • Editorial Writing: Awarded to the editorial board for “Student Government's purpose, competence, ethics in question
    • Judges’ comments: “The editorial board pulled no punches, excoriating student government for poorly overseeing a more-than-$200,000 budget while bolstering quality, accountability journalism. It’s everything you want to see in an editorial.”
  • Column Writing: Awarded to Iggy Shuler for “What we say when we talk about women in music
    • Judges’ comments: “The words were engaging and vividly helped me see and feel her viewpoint; well done!”
  • Student Government Beat Coverage: Awarded to The Daily Gamecock staff for a selection of examples of reporting on student government issues
    • Judges’ comments: “A standout entry. The staff understands the watchdog role of the press, reports on issues that matter, and pushes back when shut out of important discussions. A very strong body of work.”
  • Special Section or Edition: Awarded to The Daily Gamecock staff for the fall 2019 Welcome Back edition
    • Judges’ comments: “This Welcome Back section is useful in a huge variety of ways: clear, exhaustive treatment of the sensitive Caslen controversy, excellent layout and typography. A fine job.”
  • Page One Design: Awarded to Taylor Sharkey for the Feb. 11, 2019 front page.
    • Judges “liked the use of a big, bold headline and strong lead photo, as well as the white-on-black look of the feature.”
  • Sports Photograph: Awarded to Vanessa Purpura for a photo of Ryan Hilinski celebrating the Gamecocks’ 2019 upset win over then-No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs
    • Judges’ comments: “Captured at just the right moment — a page one photo.”
  • Photo Story: Awarded to Alyssa Rasp for coverage of a Matt & Kim concert
    • Judges’ comments: “Love how the photographer took advantage of her surroundings to capture a series of great, unique shots.”
  • Infographic: Awarded to Taylor Sharkey for the “Finding the One” infographic
    • Judges’ comments: “Clean design. Background image lured me in, and the infographic sealed the deal.”
  • Advertisement: Awarded to Emily Schoonover for her advertisement for the RAVE Guardian App
    • Judges’ comments: “Clever headline, clean copy, simple design make this ad stand out.”
  • Website: Awarded to The Daily Gamecock staff for
    • Judges’ comments: “It’s clear staff uses the site to keep campus informed with tons of timely, relevant content. Outstanding effort.”
  • Use of Social Media: Awarded to The Daily Gamecock staff for the organization’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
    • Judges’ comments: “A clear winner for overall strategy, engagement, and innovation. Very well done.”

The Daily Gamecock swept the Page One Design and Advertisement categories, earning first (as listed above), second and third places in both:

  • Second place, Page One Design: Awarded to Taylor Sharkey for the cover of the 2019 football season preview special edition
  • Second place, Advertisement: Awarded to Emily Schoonover for a Best of Carolina advertisement
  • Third place, Page One Design: Awarded to Erin Slowey and Taylor Sharkey for the April 1, 2019 front page
  • Third place, Advertisement: Awarded to Molly Collins for her Wedge online ad

The following staff members were recognized for their work with second- and third-place awards in a variety of categories:

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