LSU student media reporters win top prizes in national and regional media competitions – The Observer

BATON ROUGE — LSU student media students have won 19 awards for excellence in journalism in the 2021 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ, competition and six awards in the 2022 College Media Business & Advertising Managers competition, or CMBAM, Competition.

Among the awards were five winning articles from Tiger TV, including best all-around newscast; four winning Reveille articles in Breaking News Reporting, Sports Writing, General Column Writing, and Sports Column Writing, as well as a runner-up award for Best All-Purpose Student Newspaper – Grandes Ecoles; and a winning Manship News Service article in In-Depth Reporting.

LSU Student Media proudly recognizes the following student journalists from Tiger TV, KLSU, Reveille, and Manship News Service who have won the 2021 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • radio function
    • Finalist: Sierra Vanderhorst of Atlanta, Ga., KLSU, “Congress Intern Gabriel Watkins”
  • In-depth television reporting
    • Winner: Brooke Smith of Benton, La., Tiger TV, “Transgender bills could hurt tourism”
  • General news reports on television
    • Winner: Jacob Cheatwood of Prairieville, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Local HS Tackles Concussions”
    • Finalist: Marissa Galatas of Paulina, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “The Shop Owner Fights Back”
  • TV Feature Film Report
    • Winner: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Baton Rouge Gym Boosts Mental Health”
  • TV sports reports
    • Winner: Kendall Duncan of Mandeville, Louisiana, Tiger TV, “Swimming siblings”
  • Best Complete Newscast
    • Winner: Tiger TV, “Tiger TV Newsbeat”
  • Podcast
    • Finalists: Reveille, Nick Ombrellaro of Bothell, Washington, Gabby Jimenez of San Antonio, Texas, Piper Hutchinson of Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Latest news report
    • Winner: Maddie Scott of Covington, La. and Domenic Purdy of Prairieville, La., Reveille, “Students Protest LSU’s Treatment of Former French Student Charged with Rape: ‘Safe Not Silent'”
    • Finalist: Piper Hutchinson of Peachtree City, Ga., Reveille, “Louisiana AG Demands that LSU Punish Professor for Criticizing Official After Faculty Senate Meeting”
  • sports writing
    • Winner: Reed Darcey of Metairie, La., Reveille, “Under Brian Kelly, LSU Expects Multiple Championships: ‘He’s Here to Support It'”
    • Runner-up: Peter Rauterkus of Birmingham, Ala., Reveille, “Collis Temple Jr. helped bring LSU athletics 50 years ago”
  • General column writing
    • Winner: Claire Sullivan of Southbury, Connecticut, Reveille, “Title IX Enforcement”
    • Finalist: Charlie Stephens of Baton Rouge, Reveille, “Renaming LSU Buildings”
  • In-depth reports
    • Winner: Joe Rizzo, Joey Bullard, Michael Sanders, Manship News Service, “Louisiana Residents Confront Climate Crisis”
    • Finalist: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Bailee Hoggatt, Ezekiel Robinson, Jordanne Davis, Reveille, “Separate Cemeteries”
  • Writing sports chronicles
    • Winner: Peter Rauterkus of Birmingham, Alabama, Reveille
  • Editorial writing
    • Finalist: Editorial Board of Reveille, Reveille
  • Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Round Student Newspaper (Higher Schools)

“Our student journalists at LSU Student Media continue to produce award-winning content to serve the campus community,” said LSU Student Media Director John Friscia. “It’s a testament to the consistency and quality of the work being done here at Hodges Hall. If you intend to be a journalist, LSU Student Media is your place. On behalf of our staff and myself, we say congratulations to them once again!

Additionally, LSU Student Media Advertising has won the following 2022 CMBAM Awards:

  • Best Graphic Designer, Second Place
  • Best Living Guide, Third Place
  • Best Sponsored Content, Third Place
  • Best Non-Newspaper Print Advertising, Honorable Mention
  • Best Special Section, Honorable Mention
  • Best Rate Card/Media Kit, Honorable Mention

SPJ Region 12 represents schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. First place winners will compete nationally later this spring. CMBAM is a national non-profit organization that supports college advertising and business operations. LSU is one of more than 125 CMBAM member schools.

See the full list of CMBAM 2022 winners at CMBAM webpage and 2021 SPJ Region 12 winners on The SPJ website.

For more information, contact [email protected].

LSU Student Media provides media experiences for students through The Reveille newspaper,, and the Réveil mobile application; Tiger TV; KLSU-FM radio; and the Gumbo directory. All four outlets are student-run and staffed, professionally supported, and provide a real-world experience for aspiring broadcasters, program directors, writers, editors, photographers and videographers, web producers, designers and others. Many participating students pursue majors through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest college communications programs in the nation, with a strong emphasis on media and public affairs. it offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, as well as four graduate programs: Master in Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate in Strategic Communication and a double degree MMC/Law.

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