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Students win at Southeast Journalism Conference

Contact: Christina Chapple


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 (1) Tara Bennett, Sarah Hatten, Melissa Biehl (2) Amy Roberts, Rhett Sharpe, Tamara Grace

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(1) JOURNALISM CONFERENCE WINNERS – A student team from Southeastern Louisiana University received an honorable mention in the Public Relations category in the on-site competition at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference at the University of Mississippi Feb. 21-23. Team members are, from left, Tara Bennett of Covington, Sarah Hatten of Slidell, and Melissa Biehl of Hammond.


(2) MEDIA ETHICS WINNERS – From left, Southeastern Louisiana University students Amy Roberts of Baton Rouge, Rhett Sharpe of Covington, and Tamara Grace of Hammond received a third place award in the Media Ethics category in the on-site competition at the recent Southeast Journalism Conference at the University of Mississippi.

     HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University students brought home two awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference, held Feb. 21-23 at the University of Mississippi.

     Also at the annual conference, Southeastern sophomore communication major Megan Mosher of Loranger was selected student president-elect of the SEJC and communication faculty member Amber Narro was named president-elect. Southeastern will host the SEJC in 2010.

     A total of 19 Southeastern students attended the annual event, competing in SEJC onsite competition. They were accompanied by Narro and Southeastern communication professor Joe Mirando.

     Southeastern’s team of Rhett Sharpe of Covington, Tamara Grace of Hammond and Amy Roberts of Baton Rouge took third place in the Media Ethics competition. Team members were asked to review an ethical scenario and write an essay on what their response to the situation.

     Melissa Biehl of Hammond, Sarah Hatten of Slidell and Tara Bennett of Covington received an honorable mention in the Public Relations category. After studying a fact sheet of a company/organization and a small budget for a PR campaign, teams were required to write a report describing a proposed campaign and how to spend the money.

     “This was the biggest group Southeastern has ever taken to the conference,” Narro said. “We had more people there than any other school except the host school. The trip was very successful. I’m very proud of our students.”

     In addition to the competitions in various areas, the Southeast Journalism Conference included keynote speakers, learning sessions and interaction between schools from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Up to 400 participants attended the annual conference.

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