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ULM students win multiple awards in ‘Best of the South’ competition

Published March 3, 2016

Several students at the University of Louisiana Monroe recently won awards in the “Best of the South” competition during the Southeastern Journalism Conference. 

The winning participants are members of ULM's student newspaper the Hawkeye, and its multimedia companion, Hawk-E News. The team consists of outstanding writers, photographers, editors, videographers, and TV and radio reporters. 

“These hard-working students make ULM very proud. They went up against some prestigious schools and came out winners," said Dr. Christopher Mapp, Director of Student Publications. 

Overall, ULM won seven awards at the conference, held Feb. 18-20 in Clarksville, TN at Austin Peay University. Six of the seven awards were top three finishes and all seven were top five finishes.

Results of the conference are as follows:

  • Stacy Reppond, Best Arts & Entertainment Writer, 2nd place.
  • Carmen Blackwell, Best Newspaper Page Layout Designer, 2nd place.
  • ULM, Best College Audio News Program, 2nd place.
  • Tyler Smith, Best Television News Feature Reporter, 3rd place.
  • Ashley Lyons, Best Feature Writer, 5th place.
  • Gwendolyn Ducre and Tyler Smith “On Site” Competition Awards, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • Gwendolyn Ducre, TV News Reporting, 2nd place.
  • Tyler Smith, Radio News Reporting, 3rd place.

Dr. Ruth Smith, School Director of the School of Humanities, said, "These students reflect the excellent education they are receiving from the faculty at ULM. Their mentors in communication expect the best, and it shows in their performance." 

The Southeastern Journalism Conference is held annually with a mission to encourage greater interest in student journalism and to create closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States Region. Typically, this conference includes about 35 schools including both in state and out of state students from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana.