Southeastern Channel named fourth best in nation

Monday, December 12, 2016 Southeastern Channel wins award
by: Tonya Lowentritt

FOURTH IN THE NATION - The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational access channel, has won fourth place in the nation for its student entertainment show, “College Night.”  The show was honored by College Broadcasters, Inc. for “Best Comedy-Video” at the 2016 National Student Production Awards in Philadelphia. It’s the 12th time that the Southeastern Channel has been named one of the top four in the nation by CBI. From left are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager, and Danielle Shearer of Ponchatoula, producer of “College Night.”

     HAMMOND - A student entertainment show produced for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s cable access channel, has won fourth place in the nation.
     “College Night” was named the country’s fourth best in the “Best Comedy-Video” category by College Broadcasters, Inc. at the 2016 National Student Production Awards in Philadelphia recently. There were 969 entries in the competition from universities across the nation.
     It was the 12th time that a Southeastern Channel production has been honored as one of the top four in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. The channel has been recognized multiple times for its student newscast “Northshore News,” along with student news reporting, sports play-by-play, and a student-produced promotional spot. The channel won first place in the nation the past two years for a student documentary and public service announcement.
     It was the fourth time that “College Night” has placed in the top four in the nation. The winning episode from December 11, 2015, was produced by Danielle Shearer of Ponchatoula.   
     It was the second straight year that one of Shearer’s productions was recognized at the National Student Production Awards. Last year her promotional spot for the student sportscast, “The Big Game,” was named one of the best in the nation.
     “I feel so honored. I produced a total of three episodes of ‘College Night,’ and it’s nice to have all of the hard work recognized on a national level,” said Shearer. “’College Night’ is special because it gives students who are more into filmmaking a chance to stretch their creative muscles,” Shearer said.
     Shearer not only produced the show but also wrote, directed, shot, edited and acted in many of the segments. Among the numerous Southeastern Channel students who contributed to the program, those who also played a large part in writing, shooting, editing and acting were Rachel Taylor of St. Amant, Mason Dauphin and Jordan Reid of Luling, Mallory Milton and Tyler Hampton of Ponchatoula, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, Molly Flynn of Amite, Richard Mills of Hammond, Dominique Brogle of Destrehan, and Courtney Bruno, Amairi Cordova and Maria Goddard of New Orleans.  
     “It’s a great honor for our students to be recognized once again as among the best in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Danielle is wonderfully creative and skilled with a great work ethic, and she led a talented team of students with high-quality standards to produce a fresh, clever and entertaining program.”
     The winning show was produced in the vein of “Saturday Night Live” with comedy sketches that used college activities like intramurals, sorority recruitment and beauty pageants to parody popular television shows like “Supernatural,” “Big Brother” and “Charlie’s Angels.” One vignette, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. S,” featured the character Milly Cypress as a humorous takeoff on Miley Cyrus.
Shearer also produced a pair of music video parodies, a college dormitory version of “Zombie” by Family Force 5 and a parody of “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar with students cosplaying Disney princesses locked in a supernatural battle sequence.  
     “I learned so much at the Southeastern Channel,” Shearer said.  “I got to learn a little bit of everything - reporting, producing, studio positions and commercial producing. Knowing these different departments of a television station makes you more marketable in the job field.”
     Shearer graduated in May with a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media. She was immediately hired as a marketing producer by KATC-TV 3 (ABC) in Lafayette. She said the techniques learned in video production courses like Comm 260 and 449 at the Southeastern Channel helped her with “College Night.”
     “The basics that we were taught in production courses like framing, the production process, and the process of telling a story all helped us to have success with this show,” she said.
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international, and regional awards in the last 12 years, including 13 Emmys. The Channel airs in 90,000 households on the North Shore with a potential viewing audience of 250,000 on Charter Cable 199. Its live 24/7 webcast and video on demand are viewed in 46 states and 47 countries monthly at

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