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Tiger TV Wins National Award for Public Affairs Program

Tiger TV, LSU’s student-run television network, was recently honored by College Media Advisors Inc. with a David L. Adams Apple Award in Television Broadcast for the program “Your Source.”

Executive producer Madeline Peters of Pensacola, Fla., producers Aly Neel of Covington, D’Seante Parks of Dallas, Emeka Dibia of New Orleans, Alec Bordelon of Baton Rouge and moderator Lance Frank of Lake Charles, accepted the award at College Media Advisors’ convention in New York on March 16.

Your Source: Part 1 Your Source: Part 2 Your Source: Part 3 Your Source: Part 4 Your Source: Part 5 Your Source: Part 6

“This is a monumental award for Tiger TV,” said Frank, who is also the station manager. “Not only does it put us on par with other college TV stations, it shows that Tiger TV employees work diligently to deliver the news to the campus community and help students understand complicated issues like the budget cuts.”

“Your Source” was created as a public affairs program to serve as a tool for students and the LSU community to learn about a topic from its beginnings to offer solutions and options to improve or embrace it. The program’s first show, which originally aired on March 1, focused on the budget cut situation that is facing higher education in Louisiana with the emphasis on LSU. The episode broke down budget cuts from how we got here to how we are dealing with them. The show provided insight from student reactions, teachers speaking out and interviews with economist James Richardson; Xerxes Wilson of the Daily Reveille; Gaines Foster, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; La. State Rep. Franklin Foil; Student Body President Stuart Watkins; and LSU Chancellor Michael Martin.

“I am so proud of Tiger TV’s ‘Your Source’,” said Yvonne Cappé, Tiger TV’s faculty advisor and professional in residence at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. “Their in-depth examination of the Louisiana budget crisis and higher education showed, that even with all of the sensational, celebrity-laden, faux ‘news’ which abounds in the air waves, that genuine journalism – with a capital ‘J’ – can still stand proud, be understandable and a catalyst for change.”

The “Your Source” team also produced and aired a Student Government debate on March 22, in which all the candidates running for student body president and vice president answered question pertaining to the election in front of a live audience in the Journalism Building. The program was also carried live on Tiger TV, campus channel 75.

Billy Gomilla | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
April 2010