LSU Student Media Journalists Bring Home Top Awards from National, Regional Media Competitions

Published 12:34 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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BATON ROUGE – Students from LSU Student Media outlets took home 19 awards for journalism excellence in the 2021 Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists, or SPJ, Competition and six awards in the 2022 College Media Business & Advertising Managers, or CMBAM, Competition.

Among the awards were five winning pieces from Tiger TV, including Best All Around Television Newscast; four winning pieces from the Reveille newspaper in Breaking News Reporting, Sports Writing, General Column Writing and Sports Column Writing, as well as a finalist award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper – Large Schools; and one winning piece from the Manship News Service in In-Depth Reporting.

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

  • Radio Feature
    • Finalist: Sierra Vanderhorst from Atlanta, Ga., KLSU, “Gabriel Watkins congressional intern”
  • Television In-Depth Reporting
    • Winner: Brooke Smith from Benton, La., Tiger TV, “Transgender bills could hurt tourism”
  • Television General News Reporting
    • Winner: Jacob Cheatwood from Prairieville, La., Tiger TV, “Local HS tackles concussions”
    • Finalist: Marissa Galatas from Paulina, La., Tiger TV, “Boutique owner fights back”
  • Television Feature Reporting
    • Winner: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, La., Tiger TV, “Baton Rouge Gym strengthens mental health”
  • Television Sports Reporting
    • Winner: Kendall Duncan from Mandeville, La., Tiger TV, “Swimming siblings”
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast
    • Winner: Tiger TV, “Tiger TV Newsbeat”
  • Podcast
    • Finalist: Reveille, Nick Ombrellaro from Bothell, Wash., Gabby Jimenez from San Antonio, Texas, Piper Hutchinson from Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Breaking News Reporting
    • Winner: Maddie Scott from Covington, La. and Domenic Purdy from Prairieville, La., Reveille, “Students protest LSU’s handling of former French student accused of rape: ‘Safe not silenced’”
    • Finalist: Piper Hutchinson from Peachtree City, Ga., Reveille, “Louisiana AG demands LSU punish professor for criticizing public official following Faculty Senate meeting”
  • Sports Writing
    • Winner: Reed Darcey from Metairie, La., Reveille, “Under Brian Kelly, LSU expects multiple championships: ‘He’s here to sustain it’”
    • Finalist: Peter Rauterkus from Birmingham, Ala., Reveille, “Collis Temple Jr. helped integrate LSU athletics 50 years ago”
  • General Column Writing
    • Winner: Claire Sullivan from Southbury, Conn., Reveille, “Title IX Enforcement”
    • Finalist: Charlie Stephens from Baton Rouge, Reveille, “Renaming LSU buildings”
  • In-Depth Reporting
    • Winner: Joe Rizzo, Joey Bullard, Michael Sanders, Manship News Service, “Louisiana residents face climate crisis”
    • Finalist: Ally Kadlubar from Lake Charles, La., Bailee Hoggatt, Ezekiel Robinson, Jordanne Davis, Reveille, “Segregated Cemeteries”
  • Sports Column Writing
    • Winner: Peter Rauterkus from Birmingham, Ala., Reveille
  • Editorial Writing
    • Finalist: Reveille Editorial Board, Reveille
  • Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large Schools)
    • Finalist: Reveille

“Our student journalists at LSU Student Media continue to produce award-winning content in their service to the campus community,” said Director of LSU Student Media John Friscia. “This speaks to the consistency and quality of work that is done here in Hodges Hall. If you have plans to be a journalist, LSU Student Media is where you belong. On behalf of our staff and myself, we once again say congratulations to them all!”

Additionally, LSU Student Media Advertising took home the following 2022 CMBAM Awards:

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

SPJ’s Region 12 represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee schools. First-place winners will compete at the national level later this spring. CMBAM is a national nonprofit organization that supports collegiate advertising and business operations. LSU is one of CMBAM’s 125+ member-schools.

See the full list of 2022 CMBAM winners on CMBAM’s webpage and 2021 SPJ Region 12 winners on SPJ’s webpage.

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LSU Student Media provides media experiences to students through The Reveille newspaper,, and The Reveille mobile app; Tiger TV; KLSU-FM radio; and the Gumbo yearbook. All four outlets are led and staffed by students, supported by professionals, and provide real-world experience for aspiring broadcasters, program directors, writers, editors, photographers and videographers, web producers, designers and others. Many participating students are pursuing majors through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: Master of Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate of Strategic Communication and a dual MMC/Law degree.