Southeastern Channel news reporter wins Capitol Correspondents Scholarship


Tuesday, August 14, 2018Amanda Kitch
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER- Southeastern Louisiana University student Amanda Kitch of Covington, a TV news reporter for the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning newscast “Northshore News,” was awarded a $1,000 scholarship recently from the Capitol Correspondents Association of Baton Rouge, a non-profit organization that supports print and broadcast journalists who report on Louisiana state and local government and politics. Kitch won the only CCA scholarship given from all applicants majoring in print or broadcast communications at LSU, Southern University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Southeastern.


     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University student television news reporter has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Capitol Correspondents Association in Baton Rouge.
     Amanda Kitch of Covington, a reporter-anchor for the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student newscast “Northshore News,” was presented the award at the Capitol Correspondents Association’s 67th Annual Gridiron Show in Baton Rouge.
     The CCA Scholarship is the third scholarship Kitch has won this year. Earlier she won the prestigious 2018 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Student Scholarship worth $4,000 awarded to only one broadcasting student in Louisiana. For the second year in a row, she won an Emmy Scholarship presented by the Suncoast Region and worth $4,500, bringing her total scholarship earnings this year to $9,500.
     The CCA of Baton Rouge is a non-profit organization that supports print and broadcast journalists who report on Louisiana state and local government and politics. The organization performs an annual gridiron show that provides an opportunity to roast the political figures they cover with satirical, sharply comedic musical skits. Proceeds from the show support scholarship programs for journalism students as well as charities.
     To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have at least junior standing and major in broadcast or print communications at Southeastern, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette or Southern University. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required along with a letter from the student and three examples of the student’s work in either broadcast or print format. The panel of judges for the CCA scholarship committee are current and former journalists in the print and broadcast professions. Kitch was the only student from the four universities selected for the award.
     A communication major with a focus in electronic media, Kitch has led “Northshore News” to SPJ, AP and SEJC honors for top student newscast.
     “Through ‘Northshore News’ I’m able to practice real-life habits of producing, writing, reporting, recording, editing and anchoring,” Kitch said. “These habits and values I establish will follow me in all jobs I take. I get to meet very interesting and helpful people from my community, and this helps me with networking and understanding my community better. My experiences at the Southeastern Channel add to my resume and demo reel, which helps me stand out as an aspiring reporter who already has an understanding of how the TV production floor works.”
     Kitch plans to intern with WVUE-TV Fox 8 News in New Orleans this fall and embark on a career as a TV news anchor-reporter upon graduation next May.

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