LSU Student Journalists, Designers Honored Among Best in College Media

May 4, 2021

BATON ROUGE—Students from LSU Student Media outlets recently took home seven awards for journalism excellence in the 2020 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Competition and five awards in the 2021 College Media and Business Advertising Managers (CMBAM) Competition.

Among the awards, Reveille reporter Anna Jones won first place in both General News Reporting and In-Depth Reporting, and Tiger TV reporter Ally Kadlubar won first place in Television In-Depth Reporting. LSU graphic design students earned first-place CMBAM awards for Best Paid Design Product and Best Rate Card.

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes the following Reveille and Tiger TV student journalists who earned 2020 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

“Once again, our students demonstrated determination in the pursuit of journalistic excellence, made even tougher during a pandemic,” Director of LSU Student Media John Friscia said. “They deserve the accolades and all that goes with it. I’m excited to see what they do next.”

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes graphic design seniors Sarah Francioni, Emily Poole and Mallory LaCombe for the following 2021 CMBAM awards. View the winning entries at

  • First Place
    • Best Paid Design Product Non-Self Promotional, “Spring Greening Day 2020”
  • First Place
    • Best Rate Card
  • Second Place
    • Best Print Ad Non-Newspaper
  • Second Place
    • Best Living Section
  • Honorable Mention
    • Best Digital Self-Promotion Ad

“Winning a CMBAM award is a huge honor for LSU Student Media and our graphic designers who work so hard throughout the school year to create excellent designs for both our advertisers and readers,” said Laura Metcalf, LSU Student Media’s advertising manager. “Not only do these awards distinguish LSU's Student Media program among other universities across the country, but it helps build the resumes of the student graphic designers so they will be competitive on the job market after leaving LSU. I am so proud of the growth I have seen at LSU Student Media and among our talented students since I joined the team a few years ago.”

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 2021 CMBAM winners on CMBAM's webpage and 2020 SPJ Region 12 winners on SPJ's webpage

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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.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs 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, along with four graduate degree programs: Master of Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate of Strategic Communication and a dual MMC/Law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.