Four Northwestern State University students were honored last weekend by the Louisiana Press Association for their work on the campus newspaper, the Current Sauce.
Ashley Wolf of Destrehan and Steven Sheerin of Bossier City received second- place awards while Meg Denny of Covington and Jacob Hicks of Keatchie earned third -place prizes.
Wolf received second-place for her news story, “University defends athletic funding after accusations surface in article.” Denny earned third-place for her news story, “NSU amends speech policy after online exposure.”
Sheerin garnered a second-place prize for a photo which appeared on the opinions page of the Nov. 9 issue. Hicks earned third-place for a sports photo in the Sept. 14 issue.
Wolf was editor of the Current Sauce. Daniel Thiels was student media coordinator in 2016-17.
“Industry awards like the Louisiana Press Association’s are one of the ways news organizations measure their success,” said incoming NSU Student Media Coordinator Kenneth Burns, who advises the Current Sauce. “It’s really gratifying for journalists when peers honor their work this way.”
The Current Sauce competed against college and university newspapers from throughout the state. The overall LPA contest received more than 2,400 entries from daily, weekly and student newspapers from across Louisiana.
Established in 1914, the Current Sauce is the independent, student-operated newspaper of Northwestern State University. It comes out weekly during the academic year and twice over the summer and is online at nsulastudentmedia.com.
The Current Sauce is among the student media outlets within the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts which is within the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The university also has a campus radio station, KNWD and publishes Potpourri, the university’s yearbook and Argus, the school’s annual literary magazine.
The department offers a degree in communications with concentrations in broadcast and digital media production, multimedia journalism and strategic communication. The program integrates new and emerging technology with instruction in professional communication skills to prepare students for careers in media relations, communications and a diverse number of related career paths.
For more information on Northwestern State’s Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts, visit nsula.edu/newmedia.