A collection of collegiate journalists from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette accrued a number of accolades at the Southeast Journalism Conference this weekend at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
The faction of Ragin' Cajuns brought 12 awards back to the Lafayette campus from the annual conference. Here are the winners:
Kailey Broussard, a senior journalism major from Lafayette, finished second in the College Journalist of the Year category, which included a $500 prize. She also won first place in feature writing in Best of the South and second place in news writing in the onsite competition.
George Clarke, a junior English major from Tacoma, Washington, won first place in arts and entertainment writing in Best of the South.
The staff of The Vermilion, the UL Lafayette student weekly newspaper, won third place for best public service journalism in Best of the South for their coverage of a fraternity hazing-related death.
The other Best of the South winners were Camille Barnett, a December 2017 sociology graduate from New Orleans, fourth place in magazine writing; Jared Wise, a December 2017 broadcasting graduate from Abita Springs, tied for fourth place in TV news feature reporting; and Katelynn Sprague, a junior broadcast major from Lafayette, fifth place in TV hard news reporting.
The SEJC is composed of more than 30 college journalism programs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Best of the South competition in 2017 had 412 entrants from 30 schools.