College Media Association announces its Hall of Fame award winners for 2011, Bill Neville, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and James Tidwell, Eastern Illinois University.
The two were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., at the National College Media Convention.
The Hall of Fame is College Media Association's highest honor, recognizing longtime members whose dedication, commitment and sacrifice have contributed to the betterment and value of student media programs. It also recognizes members who have devoted extensive and varied service to CMA. Hall of Fame winners must have been active CMA members and contributors to college journalism education for at least 20 years.
Neville, production manager for UAB Student Media for the past four years, has served CMA as treasurer and as director of marketing and promotions, in addition to making extensive contributions to committees, publications, convention presentations and workshops. Prior to coming to UAB, he served as coordinator of student media at Georgia Southern University for more than 20 years. Georgia Southern selected him for an Outstanding Service Award.
Tidwell, chair of the department of journalism at EIU, also was given CMA's prestigious Louis E. Ingelhart First Amendment Award in 1998 for his work supporting the First Amendment. He has served the organization as editor of Keeping Free Presses Free and as committee chair, workshop and convention presenter, and contributor to publications. In addition, he has been director of Illinois Journalism Education Association for nearly 20 years.