The University of Louisiana received a total of eight awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference annual convention last weekend in Troy, Ala.

Read the original SEJC Press Release here.

UL students received three awards, all first-place, in the on-site competition at the convention, held on the Troy University campus. Lanie Lee Cook, a junior journalism major from Lafayette. won in the arts and entertainment writing category; Nick Fontenot, a senior journalism major from Lafayette, won in sportswriting; and Tiffany Segura, a junior journalism major from Loreauville, won for copyediting. It was the second year in a row that Fontenot won first place in sportswriting.

Also for the second year in a row, UL received a certificate for placing second overall in points in the on-site competition. Twenty-two of the 25 schools represented at the convention participated in the 14 on-site categories.

UL also won four awards in the SEJC’s annual Best in the South competition for work published or broadcast during calendar year 2010.

KRVS-FM, UL's National Public Radio affiliate, received third place in the best college radio station category.

Hope Rurik, a senior journalism major from Eunice, won fourth place in feature writing; Elizabeth Brown, a junior English major from Oxford, Miss, placed sixth in arts and entertainment writing; and Alison Moon, a senior English and French major from Scott, who is editor of the UL student newspaper, The Vermilion, placed seventh in the best press photographer category.

The SEJC is composed of 33 schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. There were a total of 319 entries from 29 schools in 24 categories in the 2010 Best in the South competition, which ranks winning contestants first through 10th.

Sixteen UL students attended the convention with the faculty delegate, Robert Buckman.

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