March 15, 2017
Dickerson and Lewis Elected to Georgia College Press Association Board of Directors
Pictured is Kelsey Dickerson.
Pictured is Juston Lewis.VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Kelsey Dickerson and Juston Lewis were recently elected to the Georgia College Press Association Board of Directors. Their one-year terms began Feb. 11.
The Georgia College Press Association is comprised of 23 collegiate newspapers. Dickerson and Lewis are part of a nine-member board that works to assist in the betterment of Georgia collegiate journalism.
“I am so excited about being elected to the board of directors,” Dickerson said. “I would really like to help all the colleges in Georgia with journalism programs to come together for some collaborative news stories.”
“I think that we have great ideas, and that the board will move in the right direction,” said Lewis. “I hope we can grow closer with other colleges and share ideas.”
Dickerson is the features editor of The Spectator, VSU’s independent student newspaper. She previously served as a staff writer and assistant features editor. She is a member of VSU’s chapter of Her Campus, the national online magazine for college women.
“I love getting to learn about a person and their passion,” she said. “I think that feature stories are really important because they shine a light on a person that deserves to be recognized.”
Dickerson is a regular on the Dean’s List and won third place in the 2016 Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for Best Editorial. She earned a Multimedia Basics certificate from the Poynter Institute. She expects to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in journalism and an Honors College Certificate. She would like to work for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. She is the daughter of Emory and Susan Dickerson of Moultrie.
Lewis is the assistant sports editor of The Spectator, where he previously served as a staff writer. He is the vice president of VSU’s chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists and a member of VSU’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He earned third place in the 2016 Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for Best Sports Story.
“I have a passion for sports and writing,” Lewis said. “When I go to a game, people are … cheering for players to make dunks or score touchdowns. The crowd leaves and goes home, but those players have stories. I love getting to tell them.”
Lewis expects to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in mass media and a minor in journalism. He would like to work as a sports writer for his favorite sports team, the Atlanta Hawks. He is the son of William and Sonja Lewis of Atlanta.
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