A new Middle Tennessee State University media graduate has a hefty addition to her resume: a national top-10 finalist for feature writing in the 2019 Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
Mamie M. Lomax of Smyrna is a May graduate of the College of Media and Entertainment and a former lifestyles editor at the student newspaper, Sidelines. She earned her award as one of the country’s top college journalists with her entry in the personality/profile writing category, “Passion inspires Murfreesboro man to clean, conserve veterans’ headstones”.
The profile of Evergreen Cemetery volunteer Jeff Milstead, published in Sidelines in November 2018 and accompanied by Lomax’s photos, is a first-person account of the painstaking work of honoring Murfreesboro-area veterans by maintaining their grave markers.
The Hearst awards are considered the top honors for journalists at accredited U.S. universities.
“I am so content and fully thrilled; I’m terribly excited for the future experiences these opportunities have opened doors for,” Lomax said. “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul, to everyone that has supported me throughout these experiences.”
Lomax also won statewide Associated Press collegiate honors for her work.