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PRESS RELEASE — In March, The Vermilion, UL Lafayette’s student newspaper, earned a fourth-place overall award at the Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC).

The journalism competition featured entries from nearly 50 schools in the southeastern region of the country. The Vermilion was recognized for excellence in several categories: news judgment and value, organization of information, creativity, use of color, use of photos and graphics, accuracy and overall quality. The paper also earned high marks in quality of writing, ease of reading, page layout and campus coverage.

“I’m so proud of the Vermilion staff’s hard work and dedication during this difficult time,” David Reed, The Vermilion editor for 2020-21, said.  “We are immensely grateful to receive this award. This has been an incredible honor, and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

This latest award follows a second-place overall award and a first-place individual award at the 2020 Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC) held in Hattiesburg, Miss. Reed, the 2019-20 news editor for The Vermilion, placed first in the Best News Writer category in the 2020 Best of the South competition.

“These awards indicate The Vermilion staff is doing an excellent job of serving the needs of the campus community,” Matthew Tarver, faculty adviser to The Vermilion, said. “Working in the Office of Student Publications affords students the opportunity to gain real-world experience that puts the skills they learn in the classroom into practice. The experiences they have in publishing a newspaper each week will be beneficial in their careers as journalists and information managers.”

The Vermilion newspaper was created by Edith Garland Dupré and has been published by UL Lafayette students since 1904. The Vermilion staff currently consists of 25 UL students from 11 different majors.

The Southeast Journalism Conference is a learning community of journalists honing their craft through professional development and the Best of the South Collegiate Journalism Competition. An organization comprised of nearly 50 member colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, SEJC was created to encourage greater interest in student journalism and to form closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States.

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