PINEVILLE (LCNews) — The Louisiana College Convergence Media Program recently received regional and national recognition with students and faculty earning top awards in two contests, the Society of Professional Journalists Diamond Awards and the National Religious Broadcasters Intercollegiate Competition.
The Society of Professional Journalists Diamond Awards is sponsored annually by the Arkansas Pro Chapter and recognizes journalism excellence in Arkansas and the six neighboring states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Judges evaluated a record 393 entries in 75 categories for work published or broadcast in 2020. Members of the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ served as judges.
Louisiana College took the two top spots in student Editorial/Opinion writing: 1. “Good Journalism is Incorruptible,” Alena Noakes, Wildcats Media; 2. “What the Democratic Party Should Learn from the 2020 Election,” Joel Thompson, Wildcats Media. Aaron Quartermont, Wildcats Media, also earned first place in student Video Features: “LC Alum Becomes Award-Winning Artist.” Meanwhile, Elizabeth Clarke, LC’s director of college communications, was honored with third place in the professional division of the print/online category, Community Journalism, for her report, “LC Art Alumnus Turns Unemployment into Winning Artwork in 2020.”
Louisiana College also had eight winning entries, including three first place awards, in the National Religious Broadcasters Intercollegiate Competition for radio, television news and film categories: Short Form Radio Story – 1. Alena Noakes, “Cafe Du Monde”; Radio News Talk Show – 1. Jerry Clark, “LC moves to NAIA,” 2. Alena Noakes, Layne Frost, Darrell Brown, “KZLC Tuesday Sports Talk”; TV Newscast – 2. Alena Noakes, Aaron Quartemont, Charlie Pamplin, “Wildcat Chat,” 3. Kylie Cornelison, Charlie Pamplin, “Wildcat Minute”; TV Promo – 2. Jerry Clark, “Theatre Louisiana College”; Live Non-Studio Multi-Camera – 1. Alena Noakes, Thomas Hodge, “Christ, Church, Culture Conference”; and 24-Hour Film Challenge – 2. Jerry Clark, Charlie Pamplin, Parker Hebert, “On the Altar.”
Convergence media students have competed in 15 categories and three 24-hour challenges during the past 12 years of this intercollegiate competition.
As the student division of National Religious Broadcasters, the iNRB offers to foster a vocational path for students to network with industry leaders in a national forum. Member schools from all over the United States meet for competition and educational seminars on industry specific topics.