LSU Student Media Journalists Win 15 Awards for Journalism Excellence

June 7, 2023

Reveille Students, April 2023BATON ROUGE—Students from LSU Student Media outlets took home 15 awards for journalism excellence in the 2022 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition.

Among the awards were four winning pieces from Tiger TV in Television Feature Reporting, Television General News Reporting, Television In-Depth Reporting and Television Sports Reporting; two winning pieces from the LSU Manship School News Service in In-Depth Reporting (Large, 10K+ students) and Feature Writing (Large, 10K+ students); and one winning piece from the Reveille in General Column Writing (Large, 10K Students).

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication proudly recognizes the following Tiger TV, KLSU, Reveille and Manship News Service student journalists who earned 2022 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • Television Feature Reporting
    • WINNER: Aria Pons; Tiger TV; “More than meets the eye”
    • FINALIST: Brie Andras; Tiger TV; “The upside of Downs”
  • Television General News Reporting
    • WINNER: Ally Kadlubar; Tiger TV; “Legislating care in crisis”
  • Television In-Depth Reporting
    • WINNER: Oscar Tickle, Birdie O’Connell, Chloe Gehman; Tiger TV; “Cancer alley”
  • Television Sports Reporting
    • WINNER: Aria Pons, Chris Langley, Logan Puissegur, Eddie Lewis; Tiger TV; “Sports betting”
    • FINALIST: Brie Andras; Tiger TV; “Tiger Girls for the win”
  • Radio News Reporting
    • FINALIST: Lucia Restrepo Bralley; KLSU; “Campus safety”
  • In-Depth Reporting (Large, 10K+ Students)
    • WINNER: Lara Nicholson, Zane Piontek, Brea Rougeau, Jada Hemsley; Shreveport Times/LSU Manship School News Service; “As murders surge in Louisiana, the number of cases being solved is dropping”
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    • FINALIST: Josh Archote; Reveille, “An LSU Greek Life mystery: fake names and potential entrapment?”
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  • Feature Writing (Large, 10K+ Students)
    • WINNER: Josh Archote; LSU Manship News Service; “A Klansman’s sons seek to understand and redress his wrongs”
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  • General Column Writing (Large, 10K Students)
    • WINNER: Claire Sullivan; Reveille; Columns
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    • FINALIST: Brandon Poulter; Reveille; Columns
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  • General News Reporting (Large, 10K Students)
    • FINALIST: Piper Hutchinson; Houma Today/LSU Manship News Service; “Reanimation of Greene tragedy, and timing, could have far-reaching consequences”
  • Editorial/Opinion Writing
    • FINALIST: Reveille Editorial Board; Reveille; Editorials
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  • Sports Column Writing
    • FINALIST: Henry Huber; Reveille; Columns
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SPJ’s Region 12 represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee schools. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions later this spring.

See the full list of 2022 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.

The Statehouse Bureau is at the heart of the experiential journalism program at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. In the spring, our students cover the Louisiana Legislature for 90 news outlets around the state. In the fall, we do in-depth stories about racial and criminal justice for state and national news sites. Students in the LSU Cold Case Project dig into unsolved Ku Klux Klan murders, while students in our In-Depth Reporting classes publish stories on a variety of other issues. We distribute our stories through the LSU Manship School News Service.

LSU 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. Like us on Facebook @ManshipSchool, or follow us on Twitter @ManshipSchool, Instagram @ManshipSchool and LinkedIn LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.