Six University of Louisiana students received five Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards Saturday at the SPJ regional conference in Nashville TN.

Ryan Broussard, a graduate student in communication from Lafayette, took first place in radio in-depth reporting for a report on the federal Race to the Top program’s application in Louisiana that aired on the “Louisiana Focus” program on KRVS, UL’s National Public Radio affiliate.

Alison Moon, a senior English major from Scott and editor in chief of The Vermilion, UL’s student weekly, won first place in general news photography for a front-page photo that accompanied a story on budget cuts in higher education.

Emily Henagan, a senior journalism major from Crowley, and Zane Hill, a senior journalism major from Cleveland, shared a second place award in general news reporting for their story on the beating death of a student off-campus last October that ran in The Vermilion.

Hope Rurik, a senior journalism major from Eunice, won second place in feature writing for a feature on the decline of the bourré card game that ran in The Advocate of Baton Rouge last spring.

Roberta Redding, a junior broadcasting major from Opelousas, received third place in radio general news reporting for a “Louisiana Focus” report on prison life.

The Mark of Excellence Awards recognize student journalistic work of the previous calendar year. Region 12 encompasses schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. First-place winners are entered into the national MOE competition. 

Eight UL students and the chapter’s faculty adviser attended the conference on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville.  To view the complete list of winners, click here.


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