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McGee nets CoSIDA writing honors
Thursday, October 22, 2009
By Kim Chaudoin
Mark McGee, director of media relations for athletics at Lipscomb University, recently received two writing awards by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

McGee claimed two district awards in the 2009 Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest, co-sponsored by CoSIDA and ESPN. McGee was awarded second place in the District IV event coverage category for “Bisons win First-Ever NCAA game with 10-7 Decision Over Georgia.” He also tied for third place in that same category for his article “Bisons Game Plan From the Beginning Was a Championship.”

“These type stories write themselves with the emotion involved. The topic of what we write about is what makes these stories interesting,” said McGee, who has been with the Lipscomb athletic department since 2003.

“It’s kind of neat to get this type of recognition. It gives affirmation for a writer,” said McGee. “I look at writing as painting. Four people can look at the same painting and think four different things. The same is true with writing. Different people will have different opinions about writing styles. So, it is nice to have affirmation that what we write is meaningful.”

McGee, who has received five previous CoSIDA writing awards, also serves an adjunct in the communications department teaching media law, media ethics and news reporting and writing. He is a 1979 graduate of Lipscomb with a degree in business management. He graduated from Nashville School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1988. He is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, an honor received for the study of “The Business of Sports” in 1992.

McGee spent 13 years at the now defunct Nashville Banner as a sports writer, earning the title of senior writer. He spent seven years as the editor of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, a daily newspaper in Middle Tennessee. He has also written for numerous publications ranging from “The Sporting News” to the “Nashville City Paper” and The Associated Press.