Southeastern Channel named best in the nation
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL STUDENT WORK RECOGNIZED - Southeastern Channel students Mason Dauphin of Luling (left) and Colton Vickers of Ponchatoula (right) are shown producing a segment of the student comedy show “College Night” that won first place in the nation for “Best Video Comedy” presented by College Broadcasters, Inc. at its National Student Production Awards in Seattle. It is the fifth time that the Southeastern Channel has been named first in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. Four other Southeastern Channel productions were National Finalists.
HAMMOND – For the fifth time the work of students at the Southeastern Channel
has been named best in the nation.
A national first-place award for “Best Comedy Video” as selected by College Broadcasters, Inc. was recently presented to the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s cable television station, at the 2018 National Student Production Awards presented at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.
The student comedy show “College Night,” produced by Jordan Reid of Luling, earned the first place honors. The episode can be viewed at http://thesoutheasternchannel.com/blog/2019/04/16/cn-spr2017/.
The Southeastern Channel also had four additional productions place in the top four in the country as National Finalists out of over 950 entries from colleges and universities across the nation.
“Mandeville Beach,” a news story by Amanda Kitch of Covington produced for the student newscast “Northshore News,” won second place in the nation for “Best News Reporting Video.” In 2017, Kitch won first place in the nation in the same news reporting category. The news story can be viewed at http://thesoutheasternchannel.com/blog/2017/10/31/mandeville-beach/.
The March 8, 2018 episode of “The Big Game” student sportscast, produced by Freddie Rosario of Luling, won third place in the nation for “Best Sportscast Video.” Andrew Scherer of New Orleans, Dylan Domangue of Houma, and Richie Solares of New Orleans anchored the winning episode. Other key contributors were reporters Wesley Boone of Alexandria and Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield. The sportscast can be viewed at http://thesoutheasternchannel.com/blog/2019/01/09/the-big-game/.
A pair of public service announcements produced by Southeastern Channel students also won National Finalist recognition. “Proud Dad,” produced by Jeremy Gaines of New Orleans, and “Don’t Procrastinate,” produced by Jennifer Doss of Mandeville, placed second and fourth in the nation, respectively, in the “Best PSA Video” category. “Proud Dad” can be viewed at http://thesoutheasternchannel.com/blog/2018/01/10/proud-dad/, and “Don’t Procrastinate” can be viewed at http://thesoutheasternchannel.com/blog/2018/01/31/dont-procrastinate/.
“These awards show that students at the Southeastern Channel produce top quality on a national scale in a variety of different shows and programs, from news and sports to entertainment and PSA’s,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “I’m so happy that they’ve once again received this amazing national acclaim for their creativity, talent and hard work. They couldn’t be more deserving.”
“College Night” is a Saturday Night Live-styled sketch comedy show written, produced, directed, shot, edited and performed by students. In addition to Reid, other key contributors to the first-place episode were Boone, Kitch, Gaines, Mason Dauphin of Luling, John Sartori of Mandeville, Alliyah Sims of Kentwood, Tyler Rogers and Ryan Harrison of Baton Rouge, Mallory Milton, Tyler Guidroz and Colton Vickers of Ponchatoula, and Courtney Bruno, Jeremy Rhodes, Hope Ramirez, Josh Hodgeson and Dustin Arroyo of New Orleans.
The winning episode features comedy sketches ranging from a parody of Reddit’s “Roast Me” about students at the Southeastern Channel to a parody of the television show “Chopped.” The show also includes sketches about moviegoers who annoy and offend each other prior to a movie, a young lady jilted by her boyfriend who resorts to garish lipstick and eating ice cream, and a skit about students on a summer vacation who venture into an abandoned warehouse in the woods.
“Everyone created skits they considered entertaining, so there’s a little something for everyone,” Reid said. “We had a funny group of writers. Because we worked together nearly every day, I think it was easy to find our strengths and discover how to work effectively together. That camaraderie made College Night successful, and I’m sure it will carry through with future episodes.”
A Southeastern graduate in communication with a focus in TV, film and video, Reid now works as news producer for KATC-TV Ch. 3 in Lafayette (ABC) where she produces the 5 p.m. newscast. As a student worker at the Southeastern Channel, she produced the national award-winning student newscast, “Northshore News.”
“I not only produced the show, but also served as a camera operator, editor, and even anchored a couple of episodes,” Reid said. “That experience gave me a head start to working as a news producer. I know how to work a camera, love directing, and know how to edit. I am fortunate enough that I was able to continue learning about my field with hands-on experience at the Southeastern Channel. That’s something that not every student can say about their college education.”
“College Night” can be seen on the Southeastern Channel at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday nights on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes, and on demand at thesoutheasternchannel.com. The Southeastern Channel has now won nearly 400 national, regional and local awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys.