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LSU Tiger TV Wins National In-Depth Reporting Award, Students Take Home 15 Regional Awards in Collegiate Journalism Excellence

BATON ROUGE--LSU Tiger TV, the University's student-run broadcast station, is a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence (MOE) 2023 national winner for its television in-depth reporting piece, "Food Insecurity." Tiger TV had been recently recognized as the regional winner in this category, along with 14 other MOE awards won by LSU student journalists in the 2023 Region 12 SPJ competition.

June 14, 2024

BATON ROUGE—LSU Tiger TV, the University’s student-run broadcast station, is a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence (MOE) 2023 national winner for its television in-depth reporting piece, “Food Insecurity.” Tiger TV had been recently recognized as the regional winner in this category, along with 14 other MOE awards won by LSU student journalists in the 2023 Region 12 SPJ competition.

Tiger TV’s three-part series on food insecurity investigated agricultural food needs and deficiencies in Louisiana. The first, second and third installments are available on YouTube. In addition to this national honor, Tiger TV was recognized for three Region 12 wins in Television General News Reporting, Television In-Depth Reporting and Television Sports Reporting, as well as one finalist award for Best All-Around Television Newscast.

Tiger TV was one of five LSU journalism outlets to receive Region 12 Mark of Excellence awards. KLSU, the University’s student-run radio station, garnered wins in Radio News Reporting and Radio Sports Reporting, in addition to two finalist awards. Student newspaper, the Reveille, earned two wins in Campus Reporting and Food/Restaurant Journalism, in addition to three finalist awards. And the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Statehouse Bureau and Cold Case Project took home a win in General News Reporting and a finalist award in In-Depth Reporting, respectively.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication proudly recognizes the following KLSU, Reveille, Tiger TV, Statehouse Bureau and Cold Case student journalists who earned 2023 Region 12 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • General News Reporting (Large)
    • Winner: Voter turnout in Georgia and Louisiana — by LSU Manship School Statehouse Bureau, LA Illuminator (Louisiana Story: Molly Ryan, Piper Naudin, Eliza Stanley and Sanaa Dotson; Georgia Story: Molly Ryan, Metia Carroll and McKinley Cobb)
  • In-Depth Reporting (Large)
    • Finalist: The fatal shooting of Milton X Scott — by Myracle Lewis, Amelia Gabor, Birdie O'Connell, LSU Cold Case Project, Verite News
  • Feature Writing (Large)
    • Finalist: The making of 'Sister Cindy' — by Cross Harris, Reveille/LSUReveille.com
  • Sports Writing (Large)
    • Finalist: Why Mwani Wilkinson stayed the course through program overhaul and injury: 'I'm a winner' — by Peter Rauterkus, Reveille/LSUReveille.com
  • Sports Column Writing
    • Finalist: Columns — by Jason Willis, Reveille/LSUReveille.com
  • Radio News Reporting
    • Winner: AI in education — by Mel Bridges, KLSU
  • Radio Sports Reporting
    • Winner: Lady Tigers superfan Stan Douglas — by Patricia Caputo, KLSU
    • Finalist: Jayden Daniels at Heisman ceremony — by Andre Champagne, KLSU
    • Finalist: LSU Lady Tigers going to the Sweet 16 — by Patricia Caputo, KLSU
  • Television General News Reporting
    • Winner: Road safety — by Adam Guttuso, LSU Tiger TV
  • Television In-Depth Reporting
    • Winner: *Food insecurity — by Metia Carroll, Haylee Kennedy, Erin Rogers, Ella Wales, LSU Tiger TV [*National award winner]
  • Television Sports Reporting
    • Winner: Love purple, win gold — by Adam Guttuso, LSU Tiger TV
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast
    • Finalist: Tiger TV Newsbeat — by Staff, LSU Tiger TV
  • Campus Reporting
    • Winner: Faculty members upset with new IT policies and other stories — by John Buzbee, Reveille/LSUReveille.com
  • Food/Restaurant Journalism
    • Winner: Dearth of breakfast options at LSU — by Staff, Reveille/LSUReveille.com

SPJ’s Region 12 represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee schools. View the full list of regional winners on SPJ’s webpage, and view the full list of national winners on SPJ’s webpage.

For more information, contact acharbonnet1@lsu.edu

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LSU Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: Master of Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate of Strategic Communication and a dual MMC/Law degree.

LSU Student Media provides media experiences to students through the Reveille newspaper, lsureveille.com, and the Reveille mobile app; Tiger TV; KLSU-FM radio; and the Gumbo yearbook. All four outlets are led and staffed by students, supported by professionals, and provide real-world experience for aspiring broadcasters, program directors, writers, editors, photographers and videographers, web producers, designers and others. Many participating students are pursuing majors through LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

The Statehouse Bureau is at the heart of the experiential journalism program at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. In the spring, our students cover the Louisiana Legislature for 90 news outlets around the state. In the fall, we do in-depth stories about racial and criminal justice for state and national news sites. Students in the LSU Cold Case Project dig into unsolved Ku Klux Klan murders, while students in our In-Depth Reporting classes publish stories on a variety of other issues. We distribute our stories through the LSU Manship School News Service.

The LSU Cold Case Project, the unsolved civil rights murders project at the Manship School of Mass Communication, is part of a Field Experience class for advanced students that provides stories, photos and investigative research to newspapers, TV stations and digital news sites in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

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