Eight of the awards were in the 2011 Best of the South competition and six were from the on-site competition at the convention.
“Louisiana Focus,” the student-produced radio program that airs Mondays on KRVS-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate on the UL campus, won first place in the audio news category in Best of the South and Alessi Johnson, a senior broadcast major from Baton Rouge, won first place in the best radio reporter category. Zane Hill, a senior journalism major from Kent Ohio, won second in that category. Both won for reports aired on “Louisiana Focus.”
Hope Rurik of Eunice, a December 2011 journalism graduate and now a reporter for The Daily Iberian in New Iberia, won three awards, including placing second for College Journalist of the Year. She also won sixth place in feature writing and 10th place in newswriting. She was the only contestant in this year’s competition to win in three separate categories.
Emily Henagan of Crowley, a December 2011 journalism graduate, placed eighth in feature writing and Elizabeth Rose, a junior journalism major from Lake Charles, placed eighth in newswriting.
The SEJC is composed of 42 colleges and universities in eight Southern states. The Best of the South competition drew more than 400 contestants last year, including more than 35 contestants in some categories. Up to 10 awards are given in some categories.
In the on-site competition, Nick Fontenot, a senior journalism major from Lafayette, won first place in sportswriting for the third consecutive year.
Rose won third place in newswriting, Hill took third place in feature writing and Tiffany Segura, a senior journalism major from Loreauville,won third place in copyediting.
Johnson received an honorable mention in the radio news reporting category.
ULL also tied for third place in the sweepstakes award in the on-site competition, based on a point system. Twenty-six schools participated in the on-site competition.
Rurik and 10 students attended the convention with Robert Buckman, the faculty delegate.