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Southeastern student journalists win SPJ awards

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Six student journalists at Southeastern Louisiana University won awards  in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards competition last week at the SPJ spring conference held in Knoxville, Tenn.
     Four students won first place in their categories. Recognized with the top award for editorial cartooning in the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar” was Tim Mitchell of Abita Springs; Nick Elliott of Mandeville for television feature photography in his story on Slidell wind energy and for news photography for coverage of hazmat training in Hammond, both produced for the Southeastern Channel; and Blake Roussel of LaPlace in television news reporting for his report on the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game, which was produced for the Channel’s sports show “The Big Game.”
     First place winners will advance to the national round of judging. National winners will be announced in May.
     Also recognized were John Reis of Mandeville with a second place award in the category of best all-around television newscast for “Northshore News” on the Southeastern Channel; Daron Short of Slidell with a third place award for television sports photography for his coverage of the Southeastern vs. Sam Houston State football game for the Channel; and Don Aime of Hammond, former sports editor and current editor of “The Lion’s Roar,” with a third place award in sports writing for his story on an NCAA appeal filed by a Southeastern student.
     Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

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