LSU Student Journalists Win Big at Society of Professional Journalists Awards

April 3, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – Student journalists from LSU’s Manship School took home more awards than any other school in the Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition, which comprises schools from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee.

Louisiana State University student journalists from The Reveille, Tiger TV, KLSU, Legacy Magazine and the LSU Manship School News Service were honored with first place or finalist awards 17 times – more than any other university – for their journalistic excellence at the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on March 30. LSU tied Harding University with the most first place wins, bringing home eight first place awards. The Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, also won first place for best affiliated website.

The Manship School proudly recognizes the following students from The Reveille, Tiger TV, LSU Manship School News Service and KLSU-FM who received the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award:

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Special session fails again – by Paul Braun, Tryfon Boukouvidis and Drew White
General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: LSU students using GroupMe for class could be in violation of Code of Student Conduct – by Luke Jeanfreau
In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Dangerous roads: 41 pedestrians have been struck by vehicles on LSU’s campus since 2013 – by Brittany Lofaso and Kennedi Walker

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: In light of #MeToo movement, more students seeking support – by Claire Bermudez, Caroline Fenton and Payton Ibos
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: ‘He’s freakish’: Auburn native Avery Atkins finds unexpected home at LSU as kickoff specialist – by Brandon Adam
Finalist: Mind and body: How do Louisiana colleges help athletes maintain their mental health? – by Dylan Alvarez, Brennen Normand and Jace Mallory
Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

Finalist: The Daily Reveille - by Staff of The Daily Reveille
Best Student Magazine

Finalist: Legacy – by Staff of The Legacy
Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Baseball vs. Notre Dame – by Whitney Williston
Radio News Reporting

Finalist: Csaszar – by Erik Piccoli
Television General News Reporting

Winner: Modern mastectomy – by Rachel Handley
Finalist: Restoring Baton Rouge’s dying lakes – by Madeline Adams
Television Feature Reporting

Winner: Gorilla lady – by Brittany Lofaso
Television Sports Reporting

Finalist: Student athletes and mental health – by Dylan Alvarez
Best Affiliated Web Site

Winner: – by Staff of The Reveille
Online/Digital News Videography

Winner: Riland’s story – by Bon Wells
Broadcast News Videography

Finalist: Auto enthusiasts – by Claes Olsson
First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio.

See the full list of SPJ Region 12 winners here:

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LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the top schools of mass communication and journalism in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law; and four graduate degree programs: Ph.D. in media and public affairs, master of mass communication, dual MMC/law degree and a graduate certificate in strategic communication. Its public relations, digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition, including the national championship in the 2018 national Bateman Case Study Competition of the Public Relations Student Society of America.