Society of Professional Journalists Recognizes Manship School Students with Mark of Excellence Awards
March 18, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA – Seven students from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication received the Mark of Excellence Award for six categories at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 12 annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas in February.
The Mark of Excellence Award identifies the best collegiate journalism projects for the year in SPJ’s Region 12, which is comprised of schools from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Tennessee.
The Manship School proudly recognizes the following Reveille and Tiger-TV students who received the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award:
- Natalie Anderson and Evan Saacks won the category “Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students” for their piece, “LSUPD investigation finds evidence Maxwell Gruver was ‘targeted’ during hazing event.”
- The Daily Reveille Editorial Board won the category “Editorial Writing” for their pieces, “UREC ‘leisure pool’ expansion frivolous use of student fees;” “Alexander right to suspend LSU Greek life activities;” “LSU needs to do more following Michael Nickelotte’s suicide.”
- Whitney Williston won the category “Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students” for her piece, “Men’s basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin.”
- Kennedi Walker and Matt Houston won the category “Television Breaking News Reporting” for their piece, “Gruver’s suite mates exclusive.”
- Brittany Lofaso won the category “Television Feature Reporting” for her piece, “Student firefighter training.”
- Dylan Alvarez won the category “Television Sports Reporting” with his piece, “Pre-med player.”
Region 12 winners will go on to compete at the national level among the Mark of Excellence winners from other regions. National winners will be announced in late spring.
About LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication: LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication aims to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The Manship School ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country. It offers undergraduate degrees in journalism, political journalism, digital advertising, and public relations, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. The Manship School boasts four distinctive centers and labs:
- The Media Effects Lab, a research and teaching facility dedicated to the exploration of how media consumers emotionally and cognitively process media content and formats.
- The Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab, a tool focused on social media to track, analyze and create content and academic research, featuring cutting-edge moveable t-walls, a touch screen control table, and screen walls.
- The Public Policy Research Lab, a research center dedicated to high quality, state-of-the-art data collection and analytics, with a special emphasis on survey research.
- The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, a tool used help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives.
LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803