Feb 23, 2013 7:36 PM by katc
UL Lafayette collected a total of eight awards at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference convention Friday and Saturday at UnionUniversity in Jackson, Tenn.
Five of the awards were in the annual Best of the South competition, which included entries from 32 colleges and universities in seven states.
Three students also won awards in the on-site competition at the convention.
Robert Buckman, Ph.D., UL's faculty delegate, was elected president of the SEJC for the 2013-14 term and will host the 2014 convention in Lafayette. Katie de la Rosa, a junior journalism major from Lafayette, was named student president of the SEJC and Mike Francingues, a junior journalism major from Mandeville, was named student vice president.
Two of the Best of the South Awards were first-place. Ashley Hinson, a junior English and journalism major from Lafayette, won first place in arts and entertainment writing. Janea Judge-Hemans, a junior broadcast major from Lake Charles, won first place for radio feature reporting.
Jessica Taylor, a senior broadcast major from Kenner, won second place for best radio journalist. Elizabeth Rose, a senior journalism major from Lake Charles, won fifth place in feature writing.
"Louisiana Focus," the student-produced program that airs on Mondays on KRVS-FM, the National Public radio affiliate on the UL campus, won third place as best audio program.
Two students won first-place awards in the on-site competition: Allyce Andrew, a senior journalism major from Broussard, in photography, and Markel Guidry, a senior journalism major from Palmetto, in communication law.
De la Rosa took third place in sportswriting.
The SEJC has 44 member schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Twelve students accompanied Buckman to the convention.