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Lieberman at J Day
High schoolers learned about programs in New Media, Journalism and Comm Arts.
J-Day provides glimpse of communications careers
Students met with professionals, explored career opportunities
Dorian Elaine Eaton
11/14/2016

NATCHITOCHES – Ten area high school students won competitions at the recent 43rd Journalism Day at Northwestern State University. Three area schools received honors for their school newspaper or yearbook. First place winners of each individual competition were awarded $500 scholarships to attend Northwestern State University and major in communication.

 Will Heitman of Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts won first place in the Radio Competition. Annabelle Ellis of Elysian Fields High School won second place in Radio Competition and Logan Bullock of Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning was third. 

In the TV News category, Olivia Gotte of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts won first place. Madison McLaren of Lakeview High School won second place and Alana Lewis of Lakeview High School finished third.

Winning the Media Writing competition was Rose Marie Skillman of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Kaitlyn Randall of Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts was second, and Haley Horton of Elysian Fields High School was third.

For the Impromptu Speech competition, Emily Windham of Lakeview took home first place. Anna Beth Simmons of Elysian Fields High School won second, and Stephen Husband of Many High School won third.

In the newspaper competition, the Louisiana School of the Math, Sciences, and Arts won first place. Airline High School placed second and Elysian Fields High School third.

In the short film competition Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning swept the field winning first, second, and third places.

Natchitoches Central High School placed first in the yearbook competition. Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts won second, and Lakeview High School won third.

J-Day coordinators Daniel Thiels and Elaine Eaton noted 100 participants from 10 schools attended the event.  Students attended career sessions featuring professionals in the fields of news-editorial, photojournalism, public relations, social media and sports information. John Lieberman, vice president and co-founder of the Shreveport Journalism Foundation, was the opening speaker.

Paula Furr, head of the Department of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts, said the department looks forward to this event and working with area high school programs. Schools interested in having NSU conduct journalism and publications workshops should contact the department at (318) 357-5360 or newmedia@nsula.edu.