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Channel Students Honored By SEJC

Jessica LeBlanc

The Southeastern Channel and Southeastern Louisiana University television students recently brought home top honors in all television categories from the 25th annual Southeast Journalism Conference held Feb. 19th in Troy, Alabama.

Jessica Leblanc of New Orleans won First Place for "TV News Anchoring" in the SEJC's onsite competition. In the "Best of South" competition, Anna de Tiege of Mandeville won Second Place for "Television Journalist" while the Southeastern Channel won Second Place for "Best College Television Station".

The "Best of South" competition at the annual conference featured 331 entries in 24 categories from 33 universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. The onsite individual competitions had 150 participants from 18 universities.

Leblanc and de Tiege both serve as anchors and reporters for the Southeastern Channel's award- winning student news show, "Northshore News". University newscasts were the basis upon which the "Best College Television Station" entries were judged by a panel of broadcast industry professionals.

"I was extremely honored to represent Southeastern and the Southeastern Channel," Leblanc said. "To be named the best television anchor in the South against that level of competition is mind-boggling. All of my experience working as an anchor and reporter at the Southeastern Channel and learning from the staff there really prepared me to compete."

De Tiege said she was honored to have placed in the top tier.

"I think it says a lot about the strength of a smaller program that prepared me to go up against strong competitors from larger programs," said de Tiege.

"There's no way I would have won without the Southeastern Channel," she said. "The work I did at the channel isn't work I would have done in the classroom, and certainly the deadlines were much tighter. Because of the Southeastern Channel I was able to produce professional-quality stories that not only score well in competition, but also prepare me to enter a competitive field."

Southeastern Channel staff producer-reporter John Reis supervises "Northshore News". The news program and its segments are produced by students enrolled in television reporting, studio production and field video production classes in the Electronic Media Concentration in Southeastern's Mass Communication program. Instruction is provided by Southeastern Channel staff members and television instructors in the Department of Languages and Communication.

"We're very proud of both Jessica and Anna as their awards are well-deserved" said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon. "They're both very talented and hard-working with a great future ahead of them in broadcast television. Their work for "Northshore News" is outstanding in quality."

"We're also very excited for John and all of the students who work on "Northshore News" for their recognition," Settoon said. "This is tremendous honor for them as they went up against the stiffest university competition from across the entire South."