Southeastern Channel news reporter wins LAB scholarship

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
by: Tonya LowentrittAmairi Cordova

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT - Amairi Cordova, a Southeastern Louisiana University junior from New Orleans, was one of only two recipients of 2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters scholarships. Cordova was awarded his scholarship at the association’s annual Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge attended by the top television and radio broadcasters in the state.

     HAMMOND – A student television news reporter at Southeastern Louisiana University has been named one of only two recipients of 2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters scholarships.
     Amairi Cordova of New Orleans, a member of the reporting team at the Southeastern Channel, was presented the award in Baton Rouge recently at the LAB’s annual Prestige Awards luncheon.
     The $4,000 scholarship will go toward his junior year at Southeastern as he continues his studies and practices his chosen craft.
     A communication major with a focus in electronic media, Cordova reports for “Northshore News,” named one of the top four college newscasts in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. and “Best in the South” by the Southeast Journalism Conference, which includes universities from eight southern states.  
     Cordova has also worked on the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student entertainment show, “College Night.” He has hosted a blues show, “The Dirt Road,” and a campus activities program, “The Lion’s Den,” for KSLU radio.
     This is the second year in a row that a Southeastern Channel representative has won a LAB scholarship. Last year the scholarship was awarded to Paul Rivera, who this year was named by LAB as the top student broadcaster in Louisiana.
     The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) established the scholarship program to support promising future broadcasters and aid them in seeking the best quality education in the field of broadcasting. By sponsoring the award, LAB hopes to encourage students of the highest caliber to enter broadcasting as a career and guarantee the future quality of broadcasting in Louisiana.
     “I am truly elated to be one of the recipients of the LAB scholarship,” Cordova said.  “This has given me a sense of purpose and excitement as I work toward my goals. Receiving this award confirms that I am on the right path as I continue to pursue my aspirations in the area of broadcasting.”
     Cordova believes the experience he’s receiving at the Southeastern Channel will help him realize his career goal of being a television news anchor.
     “At the Southeastern Channel I am gaining a wealth of knowledge with regard to reporting effective news stories, while also capturing the viewer’s attention,” Cordova said. “In addition, I want to learn what it takes to remain objective in the news and not introduce bias with my stories.”
     “Amairi is very deserving,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager. “He’s extremely talented with a great work ethic and a promising future as a broadcast news journalist. He has a great passion for reporting news that will both serve and impact his community.”
     In his scholarship application, Cordova had to answer questions related to his choice of broadcasting as a career, along with questions on topics ranging from his career goals to broadcast advertising and the role of the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC.
     “What is really intriguing to me about this field is that no two days are alike,” Cordova said.  “It is guaranteed that the same news stories covering headlines this morning will be completely different tomorrow, and that is what I love.”


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