PINEVILLE, La. (LBM) – Three Louisiana College journalism students were recognized for their work in the Southeast Journalism Best of the South Competition for 2021.
Alena Noakes, Kylei Cornelison and Joel Thompson competed against 45 colleges and universities. Noakes took second in press photography; Cornelison finished 14th in feature writing and seventh in op-ed writing and Thompson was fifth in op-ed writing.
Noakes and Cornelison won in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Mark of Excellence. Noakes won in feature and general news photography and was finalists in editorial writing while Cornelison was a finalist in podcast. Winners in each category go on to compete in the national competition.
Even though the National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest 2020 awards ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19, LC still earned three awards in the at-large contest.
In the professional category, faculty members Elizabeth Clarke and Brian Manuel as well as students Jerry Clark and Noakes took second for their investigative podcast series “Telling Lives: Cold Cases in a True Way.”
Thompson placed first in collegiate op-ed writing, and Noakes placed first in collegiate photography. Thompson and Noakes went on to place second (Editorial/Reviews) and third (Photography) respectively in national competition.