Southeastern earns honors at journalism conference

Friday, March 24, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – A group of Southeastern Louisiana University students tied for second place at the Southeast Journalism Conference held recently at the University of Mississippi.
     SEJC is comprised of the Best of the South competition, as well as on-site competitions. Southeastern was represented by 19 students competing this year, with nine receiving top awards.
In the Best of the South competition, five students received awards in their respective categories of competition.
     Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge ranked second for Best TV Hard News Reporter, and Amanda Kitch of Covington placed third for Best TV Journalist. Brooke Robichaux of Destrehan was awarded fifth place for Best College Journalist; Maria Goddard of Marrero placed fifth for Best TV News Feature Reporter; and Connor Raborn of McComb, Miss., placed sixth for Best Magazine Writer.
     Southeastern’s television station, the Southeastern Channel, also placed in the Best of the South competition, ranking second in Best College TV Station and fourth in Best Video News Program.
     During the on-site competitions, nine of 18 competitors received awards in their respective categories of competition, including five first place awards. These included Raborn for Arts and Entertainment Writing; Jeremy Rhodes of Metairie for Radio News Reporting; and Kaylee Collier of Albion, Mich., Kara Craighead of Reserve, and Jaime Gelpi of Madisonville for Public Relations.
     Other students who placed in on-site events were Natalie Ragusa of Belle Chasse, who placed second for Feature Writing; Robichaux, who ranked third for News Writing, and the team of Courtney Bruno of Kenner and Kitch, who placed third for TV News Reporting.
     Associate Professor of Communication Amber Narro, past chair of the conference, said the competitions evolve every year.
     “The workshops are geared for real jobs where students could develop their skills so it is relevant to the work they’ll be doing in the field,” Narro said.

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