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Contact: Christine Payton April 26, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

A radio program produced by UL Lafayette communication students is being honored nationally by the Society for Professional Journalists. Louisiana Focus, which airs on KRVS-FM, won SPJ’s Best All-Around Newscast award.

The designation is part of the society’s 2011 Mark of Excellence Awards.

“What makes this award special is that the students competing came from two of our largest majors in mass communication: broadcasting and journalism,” said Dr. Bill Davie, associate professor of mass communication. “This was truly a converged class, reflecting the national trend toward multimedia journalism.”

Both juniors and seniors take the broadcast newswriting course after first taking audio production.

“It is a competitive class, where we stress the necessary commitment to professional quality that is required by KRVS for program clearance,” he explained. “Students are advised at the beginning of the semester that not only will the professor evaluate their reporting, writing and production technique, but so will key members of KRVS.”

Louisiana Focus airs at 3 p.m. on Mondays during the semester. The two runners-up for the award were the University of North Carolina and the University of Southern California.

Annually, the SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition and are recognized at SPJ spring conferences.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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