LSU Student Journalists Earn Top Awards at Regional, National Media Competitions

April 24, 2020

BATON ROUGE— Students from LSU Student Media outlets recently took home 18 awards for journalism excellence, more than any other institution, in the 2019 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Competition and six awards in the 2020 College Media and Business Advertising Managers (CMBAM) Competition.

Among the awards, LSU’s student newspaper, The Reveille, was an SPJ finalist for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, and LSU advertising students earned first-place CMBAM awards for Best Group Promotion and Best Multimedia Ad Campaign.

Student journalists from The Reveille, KLSU, Tiger TV and LSU Manship School News Service earned six winning SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in the following categories: television in-depth reporting; editorial writing; and in the following 10,000+ student categories: feature writing, general column writing, sports writing and in-depth reporting. Students earned 12 finalist SPJ awards, as well. Additionally, LSU advertising students took home two first-place awards, two second-place awards, one third-place award and an honorable mention from CMBAM.

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes the following student journalists from Tiger TV, The Reveille, KLSU and LSU Manship School News Service who earned 2019 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
    • Finalist: Staff of The Reveille
  • Television Breaking News
    • Finalist: Trey Couvillion, “5 people murdered across 2 parishes”
  • Television Feature Reporting
    • Finalist: Britt Lofaso, “An uncanny career”
  • Television Feature Videography
    • Finalist: Elise Girdwood, “Tiger TV covers BUKU”
  • Television In-Depth Reporting
    • Winner: Hunter Lovell, “Falling apart”
  • Television Sports Reporting
    • Finalist: Zach Nunez, “Fair pay to play”
  • Editorial Writing
    • Winner: Caleb Green
  • Feature Writing, 10,000+ students
    • Winner: Jace Mallory, Caroline Fenton and Brennen Normand, “Woman works to preserve Bogalusa home turned headquarters of civil rights group” 
  • General Column Writing 10,000+ students
    • Winner: Cecile Girard
    • Finalist: Jasmine Edmonson
  • Sports Writing, 10,000+ students
    • Winner: Reed Darcey, “Cannon connection”
    • Finalist: Brandon Adam, “Clyde Edwards-Helaire embodies underdog mentality that makes LSU special” 
  • In-Depth Reporting, 10,000+ students
    • Winner: Anna Jones and Rachel Mipro, “Construction, repair backlog”
    • Finalist: Ava Perego, Raymond Constatino, Kristen Singleton and Falon Brown, “Vaping epidemic leaving students concerned for their health”
  • Online News Reporting
    • Finalist: Hannah McDuffie
  • General News Reporting, 10,000+ students
    • Finalist: Anna Jones, “Visually impaired student difficulties at LSU” 
  • Radio News Reporting
    • Finalist: Erik Piccoli, “Our town”
    • Finalist: Erik Piccoli, “Experimental Music-Gabe”

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes LSU advertising students for the following 2020 CMBAM awards:

  • First Place
    • Best Group Promotion, “Spring Living Guide 2018”
    • Best Multimedia Ad Campaign, “Experience Subaru”
  • Second Place
    • Best Multimedia Self Promotion Campaign, “Summer Fun Needs Summer Funds”
    • Best Overall Graphic Design Program
  • Third Place
    • Best Back to School Guide or Orientation Issue
  • Honorable Mention
    • Best Sponsored Content, “Taking Care: Your Mental Health”

SPJ’s Region 12 represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee schools. Regional winners will compete at the national level later this spring. CMBAM is a national non-profit organization that supports collegiate advertising and business operations. LSU is one of CMBAM’s 125+ member-schools.

See the full list of 2020 CMBAM winners and 2019 SPJ Region 12 winners.

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About LSU Student Media

LSU Student Media provides media experiences to students through The Reveille newspaper, and The Reveille mobile app; Tiger TV; KLSU-FM radio; and the Gumbo yearbook. All four outlets are led and staffed by students, supported by professionals, and provide real-world experience for aspiring broadcasters, program directors, writers, editors, photographers and videographers, web producers, designers, and others. Many participating students are pursuing majors through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication