Tech Talk wins awards

April 18, 2013




The Tech Talk received a total of nine awards for journalistic excellence from two regional professional press groups at their annual meetings held recently at the University of Mississippi in Oxford on two separate weekends.


The newspaper received four awards Saturday in the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors College Contest.


The award-winning students and their places were:


• Allison East, a junior history major from Vicksburg, Miss., won first place in feature writing for a story on President Dan Reneau’s retirement titled “Recounting the memories with Reneau.”


• Rebecca Spence, a senior double major in journalism and speech from Cypress, Texas, won second place in layout and communication design for page layout on a story titled “The road to the Poinsettia Bowl.”


• Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, a double major in journalism and photography from India, won second place in college sports photos for the story titled “The Tech rugby team huddles together during practice.”


• Chad Merritt, a junior journalism major from Livingston, won second place for The Tech Talk’s online edition.


A week earlier, the student newspaper received five Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12, which comprises Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.


In this competition, The Tech Talk staff received first place in the Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper in the large-university category.


The following journalism majors also received awards in the large-university category:


• Addie Martin, a sophomore from West Monroe, won second place in feature writing for a story titled “Men of ‘Duck Dynasty’ explain southern stereotypes.”


• Amie Roland, a recent graduate from Ruston, won second place for general column writing.


• Derek J. Amaya, a junior from Metairie, and Chad Merritt, a junior from Livingston, received second place in Online News Reporting for a story titled “Dunn wins three golds in Poland.”


• Raney Johnson, a sophomore from Shreveport, Amaya and Merritt received third place in Online Sports Reporting for a story titled “Extreme Parkour.”


“These awards say something about the quality of our students’ work,” said Reginald Owens, chairman of the journalism department at Louisiana Tech. “Of course we are proud of the individual awards, but I am especially proud of the Best All-Around award. That speaks to the overall quality of our students’ work.”


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