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BC to Honor Local Journalists

Bluefield College will pay tribute to the work of local journalists during its 15th Annual Media Appreciation Day, Wednesday, April 30 -- an event that will include remarks from Associated Baptist Press News-Herald editor Robert Dilday and the presentation of a Shott Excellence-in-Media Award to an outstanding local journalist.

Chris Shoemaker

April 18, 2014

Bluefield College Media Appreciation Day keynote speaker Robert Dilday, editor in chief of the Associated Baptist Press News-Herald.


Shott Excellence in Media Award winners from 2013: student Angi Highlander (left) and Bill Archer from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.


BC communication students interact with journalists during the 2013 student-media roundtable discussion.


For the past 14 years, local media representatives have been recognized on the BC campus during the school’s annual Media Day for their efforts in “informing and educating the public at-large,” while “sharing the Bluefield College story” and “spreading the word about BC news, events and achievements.”



In fact, in 2005, thanks to a grant from media entrepreneur Michael Shott, the college heightened its recognition of the local media by incorporating the Shott Excellence-in-Media Awards Program into the Media Day schedule.


“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Mr. Shott for providing the funds to underwrite the college’s Media Day and the Shott Excellence-in-Media Awards Program,” said Chris Shoemaker, BC’s director of public relations. “It is our hope that through this program, the college will not only increase its recognition of outstanding local journalists, but also contribute to the preservation of the media legacy of the Shott family.”


During the awards portion of the Media Day program, the college will present two Shott Excellence-in-Media Awards -- a $1,000 Student Scholarship Award to an outstanding current Bluefield College communication student and a $1,000 Excellence in Media Award to a local member of the media who demonstrates excellence in his or her vocation and who, through his or her work in journalism, makes a significant contribution toward the local community.


“Bluefield College is not the only beneficiary of the service of our local journalists,” said Shoemaker. “Many other schools, churches, civic organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals within our community are better off, thanks to the work of area media. That’s why we dedicate this day to recognize the local media for informing, educating, entertaining and, above all, bettering the public at-large.”


The BC Media Day program also will include a keynote address from Dilday, editor in chief of the Associated Baptist Press News-Herald, a position he assumed in January of 2014 after the merger of the Associated Baptist Press – the first and only independent news service created by and for Baptists – and the Religious Herald – the 185-year-old news journal for Baptists in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic.


Dilday had served as managing editor of the Religious Herald for 27 years. Before that, he worked for the Christian Index in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.


Dilday will join NASCAR Magazine editor David Bourne, nationally syndicated columnist Jim Davidson, war hero and undercover government agent Maxey Gilleland, local news writer and sports radio personality Jim Nelson, veteran Bluefield Daily Telegraph journalist Bill Archer, Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot Phillip Brashear, mass communications professor and TV anchor Dr. Teresa Keller, political lobbyist Dr. David Bailey, former White House correspondent Bob Deans, retired executive editor of the Associated Baptist Press Greg Warner, inspirational athlete and author Kyle Maynard, Compassion International feature writer Brandy Campbell, performance improvement specialist Spencer Wood, and Roanoke Times senior editor Dwayne Yancey as speakers for Bluefield College’s Media Appreciation Day.


The annual event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on April 30 in Shott Hall and will feature a luncheon, the awards ceremony, remarks from Dilday, and a roundtable discussion between local media representatives and BC communication students.





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