Southeastern Journalists earn awards at regional conference
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Several Southeastern Louisiana University student journalists as well as its campus-based radio and television stations earned awards at the recent annual Southeast Journalism Conference held in Troy, Ala.
The university competitors brought back third place in the overall competition, as well as a number of other awards. Twenty-five students and four broadcast and journalism outlets represented the university at the conference, which included participants from 33 institutions from eight southeastern states. Judges included journalism professionals from newspapers, broadcast outlets and magazines across the country.
“It’s an honor for Southeastern to place in this competition,” said Amber Narro, assistant professor of communication who accompanied the students. “We consistently do well in this competition and that’s a testament to the student talent. These students love their chosen field of study and it shows in their work.”
Other award winners included: Jessica LeBlanc of New Orleans, first place, news anchoring; Terry Trahan of Houma, first place, journalism history and second place, magazine writing; Anna de Tiege of Mandeville, second place, television journalist; Michah Potasnik of Hammond, second place for radio journalism; Keturah Green of St. Gabriel, third place for journalism law; Megan Mosher of Loranger, third place for their journalism research paper; and the team of Mosher, Stephanie Katz of Mandeville, Crystal Schayot of New Orleans, and Alexandra Hedrick, third place for public service journalism.
The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s cable access channel broadcast in cooperation with Charter Communications, earned second place among the best five college television stations; and public radio station KSLU was named second among college radio stations. The Southeastern Press Club placed third for best public service journalism, while the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar” placed fifth in a ranking of the top 10 college newspapers. The “Southeastern U Reporter,” a student-operated university news Internet site, was named ninth in the top 10 of college Web sites.
Discussing the competition, Hedrick, a senior, said “It’s a wonderful place to network and to learn what is going on in the field of journalism. The competitions give you a chance to learn and get criticism from professionals who are in the workforce. You learn so much from the experience.”
“SEJC opened my eyes to the expanding career possibilities in the journalism field,” said Trahan.”We spent time in workshops where we learned how to refine our skills and network with media professionals. I feel more prepared now to enter the workforce thanks to my experiences at the conference.”
Southeastern has participated in the journalism conference since its beginning 25 years ago.