The Tech Talk wins big at conference

March 27, 2014


Staff Reporter


Tech journalism students won top awards at the 28th annual Southeast Journalism Conference Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Tech Talk staff brought home four on-site awards and five Best of the South awards from the annual Southeast Journalism Conference. –File Photo

The Tech Talk staff brought home four on-site awards and five Best of the South awards from the annual Southeast Journalism Conference. –File Photo


SEJC is an annual journalism conference in which students representing universities from eight states in the South come together to network and compete during on-site and Best of the South competitions.


The Tech Talk staff won second place overall for the on-site competition.


In the competition that took place Thursday and Friday, three students won second place in the following awards:

• John Sadler, a junior journalism major, media law.

• Allison East, a senior journalism and history major, editorial writing.

• Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, a junior photography major, news photography.


Mukhopadhyay said he was excited when he heard his name called for news photography.


“It felt good,” he said. “Expectations were high amongst the journalism faculty members and I was able to reach that bar.”


Other on-site competition results were: third place in public relations for Ian Edwards, a junior journalism major, and Kelsy Kershaw, a senior merchandising and consumer studies and journalism major.


Tech journalism students also placed in the Best of the South competition where students submitted work prior to the conference.


In this competition, students are ranked in the top ten for each category.


Kaleb Causey, a senior journalism and political science major received first place as best sports writer, for his story about the lesbian gay transgender and bisexual movement in the sports world.


He said being recognized for his work, gave him a good feeling especially since this was his first time competing at SEJC.


“It felt good to be recognized, especially since this story took a month to complete,” Causey said.


Other winners for the Best of the South competition were the following:

• Mukhopadhyay, third place for best press photographer.

• Hannah Schilling, a senior journalism and political science major, third place for best page designer.

• Reina Kept, a 2013 journalism graduate, fifth place for best special event reporter.

• Daniel Getsinger, a senior journalism major, sixth place best sports writer.


The Tech Talk also placed second for best magazine.


Reginald Owens, chair of the journalism department said he is proud of the students’ achievements.


“This is a testament to their hard work, dedication and the long hours they put into producing an award-winning student newspaper,” he said.


Owens also said the multiple awards won by The Tech Talk staff reflects well on Tech’s journalism department.


“These types of rewards show that we can compete on any level and that our students are prepared for success after school,” he said. “This is the fertilizer to great things to come.”


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