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Southeastern student journalists recognized at ACP/CMA convention

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Two student journalists at Southeastern Louisiana University were recognized at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisors (ACP/CMA) National Fall Convention held in Orlando, Fla. in October.
     Yearbook editors Chelsee LaMarca, a junior kinesiology major from Ponchatoula, and Emily Melancon, a senior special education major from Prairieville, were recognized for their work on the 2011 edition of “Le Souvenir,” Southeastern’s annual yearbook. The pair of students garnered 8th place in the “Yearbook less than 300 pages” category of the “Best in Show” competition.
     Student advisors Lee Lind and Lorraine Favre attended the conference with three Southeastern students – Chris Martin of Albany, Brooke Kimball of Walker and Tony Romain of Slidell. All attendees had a variety of opportunities to attend workshops and training sessions during the five-day convention.
     Romain entered the “Orlando Shootout,” an onsite photography competition at the conference. Although he did not win, two of his photos were selected to appear on Bradley Wilson’s website slideshow of photography. Wilson, who coordinated the onsite competition, is a fine-art photographer working in New York City, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe. He has worked in the industry for over 15 years with a number of clients that include GQ, Esquire, Sony, Tivo, and Verizon.
     The Associated Collegiate Press is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States. The ACP is a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. It awards the newspaper, magazine, and online National Pacemaker Awards, which are considered the highest honors a student publication can receive. 
     College Media Advisers (CMA), formerly known as National Council of College Publication Advisers, was established in 1956 and is a United States national association of higher education professionals which exists to promote established standards and practices in college media advising.

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