LSU Student Media Bring Home Regional, National Awards
BATON ROUGE – LSU student journalists continued their tradition of being some of the nation’s best by earning more than a dozen individual and organizational awards and nominations from the Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ, and the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards program.
LSU’s student newspaper, the Daily Reveille, was selected as the nation’s best all-around daily student newspaper by the SPJ, with several staff members selected for individual honors as well: Chris Leh, first place for best general news photography; Brianna Pacioka, first place for best sports photography; Joey Groner, first place for best feature writing; and the paper’s editorial board for best editorial writing. Additionally, second place awards were won by Parker Cramer in the best general column writing category and Mark Clements in best sports writing. Third place honors were earned by Emily Slack for general news photography, Clayton Crockett for best in-depth reporting and Brian Sibille for best breaking news reporting.
The university’s student-run television station, Tiger TV, earned some regional awards from the SPJ as well, with first place in the best all-around newscast and second place in breaking news coverage. Individually, Mo Isom won first place in the best sports reporting category, as did Troy Gaulden for best sports photography. Gaulden also took third place for best general news reporting. Isom and Gaulden, and Gabe Giffen were also selected as national finalists for the SBJ’s Mark of Excellence awards.
Giffen, a senior mass communication major from Ponchatoula, earned first place for best general news reporting and was also selected as one of 10 finalists for the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program’s broadcast features competition.
“Our students continue to distinguish themselves nationally and regionally and we’re very proud of their good work,” said Bob Ritter, director of LSU Student Media. “Student Media offers an opportunity for them to translate what they learn in the classroom to hands-on experience that builds both competence and confidence. These awards are a testament to their hard work and commitment.”
LSU Office of Student Media strives to encourage its students to produce excellent products, with student control over content and process in order to maximize learning. As an essential part of fulfilling this philosophy, the Office of Student Media staff ensures sound fiscal policies and cares for resources for the long term. For more information about LSU Student Media, visit http://www.lsu.edu/studentmedia/.