Southeastern students earn awards from Associated Press

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Students from Southeastern Louisiana University’s “The Lion’s Roar” newspaper took home a round of awards at the recent joint conference of the Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors held in New Orleans.
     The newspaper received awards from both organizations at the joint conference, including a third place recognition for “The Lion’s Roar” in the general excellence category.
     “I am thrilled to see Southeastern receive so many awards from the Louisiana Press Association,” said Sara Patrick, former editor of the paper. “My work with the newspaper gave me a wide variety of skills that I will continue to use in my future career.”
     Patrick, a communications major from Houma, graduated in May after serving on the staff of Student Publications for four years. She was also recognized in the photography category with a third place standing in “best news photography” by the LPA and second place standing in “college spot news photos” by the APME.
     Other members of the staff also garnered awards for photography and design work. Christopher Martin of Albany, a December 2014 communications graduate, placed first in the “college feature photos” of the APME competition. Martin is currently employed by the “The (Baton Rouge) Advocate” as a news page designer.
     Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, earned a first place award from the LPA in the “staff-generated color advertising” category for her design of an ad for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fesitival. Chargas also seves as editor-in-chief of the university’s student yearbook, “Le Souvenir.”
     Cyprien Campeaux, a senior fine arts major from Haughton, won second place in the LPA’s “staff-generated B&W advertising” category for his design of local business Wyatt’s Comics. He also serves on the staff of “Le Souvenir.”
     “Our students consistently earn high recognition for their endeavors with ‘The Lion’s Roar,’” said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. “These young student-professionals work very hard to not only keep our campus community well informed, but also develop extensive skills while doing so. Their dedication and achievements are remarkable.”
     For the LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition fifty-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 2,485 entries to compete in the competition. The Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Contest is one of the largest regional contests hosted by the AP, with over 1,000 entries, and recognizes Louisiana and Mississippi member newspapers for outstanding performance in journalism.


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