St. Charles Parish Public Information lauded

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HAHNVILLE — The St. Charles Parish Office of Public Information recently received two meritorious awards for audiovisual productions and graphic design from the National Association of County Information Officers as part of its 2014 Awards of Excellence.

The audiovisual production category winner was the on-scene segment of the parish’s local monthly talk show, “St. Charles Parish Today,” which has aired since 2010.

The investigative-style segment features Public Information Aide Tristan Babin going behind the scenes of various departments and initiatives of parish government. Babin scripts and videographer Heather Keller produces the segment, which airs daily on SCP-TV and is available online at

The booklet category winner was the program for the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee ground-breaking ceremony held in January 2014. Public Information Officer Renee Simpson designed the multi-page color booklet as a keepsake for attendees.

The publication featured a brief history of levees in the parish, details on future plans and program information.

“It is great to be honored by our peers for original pieces of work like these,” Simpson said. “We constantly utilize our diverse skill set to design, write, shoot, script and edit each piece that leaves the Public Information Office, saving taxpayer money.”

The St. Charles Parish Office of Public Information is made up of two full-time employees and a contract videographer. The group is responsible for nearly all communications coming from parish government , including the website, government access channel and social media pages.