Eight UL Lafayette students place in Mark of Excellence
Eight UL Lafayette students or alumni were winners or finalists for seven Mark of Excellence Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference in New Orleans on Saturday.
Kailey Broussard, a sophomore journalism major from Lafayette, was the winner in in-depth reporting, and Adrian Minor, a senior broadcast major from Baton Rouge, was the winner in radio feature reporting.
Finalists included Dan Boudreaux, a senior journalism major from Opelousas, in general news reporting; Holly Duchmann, a senior journalism major from Pearl River, in feature writing; and Garrett Ohlmeyer, a senior sports management major from Lafayette, in sportswriting.
Jordan Arceneaux, who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in May, was a finalist in online sports reporting for a report he did last spring for the new student-run website, RaginWire.com. Seth Dickerson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in December, and Jessica Manafi, who earned her bachelor’s degree journalism last May, were finalists for online feature reporting for a feature on Ragin’ Wire.
The awards were for work done during the 2015 calendar year. Region 12 encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Winners at the regional level are entered into SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence competition.