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Southeastern TV student stories on WAFB's "Louisiana Unplugged"

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Fourteen television news and sports stories produced by Southeastern Channel student reporters are currently airing on “Louisiana Unplugged,” part of  WAFB-TV Baton Rouge Channel 9’s website.
     The video stories, produced by student reporters working on the channel programs “Northshore News” and “The Big Game,” can be seen at  
     “Louisiana Unplugged” is a collection of pieces written by journalism students at colleges and universities in Louisiana. WAFB-TV has teamed up with colleges and universities to showcase the pieces of work that students generate.
      Southeastern student news reporters for “Northshore News” who contributed stories included Chrissy Carter of LaPlace with “eBooks Gain Popularity,” “Children’s Discovery Museum in Hammond,” and “Texting and Driving.” Jessica LeBlanc of New Orleans produced “Tracking Disease with Twitter” and “Hurricane Preparations,” while Anna de Tiege of Mandeville contributed “Mock Train Disaster in Hammond” and “New Levee Proposal for Slidell Residents.”
      Branden Summers of Slidell reported on “Bath Salts: A Synthetic Drug Epidemic” and “Proposed Lakefront Park in Slidell,” while Nanuli Danelia from the country of Georgia (Ukraine) produced “Quebedeaux Sentenced” and “Egyptian Revolution Hits Home for Student.”
      From “The Big Game” student sports show, Hunter Robinson of Hahnville reported on “GMA’s Robin Roberts Has Jersey Retired” and “Adonson Shallow:  Foreign Track Star Finds a Home.”  Trey Mongrue of Baton Rouge produced “Jonathan Pace:  Transfer Shines on Southeastern Diamond.”
      “We’re excited our students can showcase their talents and training in WAFB’s Baton Rouge market,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “This will broaden their exposure and add to their resumes. We appreciate the opportunity provided by Channel 9.”
      The “Northshore News” student program was recently named “Best College Television Newscast” from all colleges in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee for the third time in the last four years in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards competition.  The student newscast has garnered the Southeastern Channel distinction as “Best College Television Station in the South” in a competition held by the Southeast Journalism Conference in an eight-state region.

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