Eight University of Louisiana at Lafayette students collected nine awards this weekend at the Southeast Journalism Conference’s 29th annual convention in Atlanta.
Six of the awards were in the annual Best of the South competition and three were from the onsite competition at the convention, held on the campus of Georgia State University.
In the Best of the South, Jonathon Nugent, a senior broadcasting major from Lafayette, took second place in radio hard news reporting; Heather Hailar, a senior broadcasting major from Denham Springs, won third for radio feature; Elizabeth Newell, a broadcasting major from Metairie, placed fourth for radio feature; and William Keller, a broadcasting major from Lafayette, placed fifth as best radio journalist. All the broadcast entries were aired on UL’s “Louisiana Focus” program.
Ali Cortez, a December 2014 journalism graduate from Kramer, took sixth place in the best magazine writer category, and Ashley Hinson, a senior English major from Lafayette, won seventh place in arts and entertainment writing.
The Best of the South competition included more than 500 entries from 33 schools in seven states.
In the onsite competition, Kailey Broussard, a sophomore journalism major from Lafayette, won second place in feature writing; Holly Duchmann, a junior journalism major from Pearl River, won second in newswriting; and Hinson won third in arts and entertainment writing.
The SEJC is composed of about 40 colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.