Southeastern students honored with Associated Press Awards

Monday, April 3, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Four Southeastern Louisiana University students were honored at the recent Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Competition awards ceremony in Jackson, Miss.       Representing “The Lion’s Roar,” KSLU-FM radio, and the Southeastern Channel, the students received three first-place honors and one second-place honor.
     The students competed in the college and university division, which recognizes student journalists for outstanding performance in college print, radio, and television journalism.
     “We’re thrilled that our students have been recognized as the best in both states by a news journalism agency as prestigious as the Associated Press,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager, who attended the event.  “This reflects not only the top-rate talent and hard work of the students, but also the quality of instruction and training they receive at the Southeastern Channel, KSLU-FM, the Lion’s Roar, and in the Department of Languages and Communication.”
     In the college competition for television, two Southeastern students received first place honors for their work with the Southeastern Channel. Amanda Kitch of Covington placed first in the News Story category for “Causeway Toll Increase” and was also recognized with an AP “Best of Show Award,” which included a cash prize of $250. Maria Goddard of Marrero placed first in the Feature Story category for “Lucky the Horse.”
     The AP judges noted that Kitch’s story was “an excellent job overall. This entry stood out.”
     “Amanda thoroughly researches a controversial topic of critical local interest and presents a balanced report of opposing viewpoints,” Settoon said. “She’s an excellent writer with a fluid broadcast style, and she’s engaging both on camera and in voiceover narration.”
     Representing Southeastern’s educational public radio station KSLU, Matthew Doyle of Mandeville received first place in the college radio competition in the Newscast category.
     “The Lion’s Roar” student newspaper photographer Heather Jewell of Ventress received second place in the Spot News Photos category for her entry “Students Rally for Higher Education at State Capitol.”
     AP-member broadcasters and newspapers in both states submitted nearly 2,000 entries in the contests conducted by the Mississippi and Louisiana AP Broadcasters and the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Media Editors. College student journalists from 10 schools submitted nearly 300 entries in the AP contests.
     The awards honored exemplary journalistic work published and broadcast in 2016. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing about 4,000 newspapers and 5,000 broadcasters in the United States.
     The awards luncheon was part of the 2017 AP Journalism Career Day that featured television news directors, producers and reporters along with print editors and reporters for panel discussions and one-on-one critiques for student journalists from the two states.

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