Wildcats Media earns recognition at SPJ’s Diamond Journalism Awards

Louisiana Christian University students earned two awards at the 2022 Diamond Journalism Awards ceremony announced June 30. 

The awards, a regional competition sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, honor journalism excellence among professionals and students from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. 

Alena Noakes, a December 2021 graduate in convergence media-journalism from Grant Parish, and Sam Miller, a junior art major from Alexandria, are recognized as listed below:

Entry Title:
LC v. ETBU, 23-17; LC v. LeTourneau, 90-65
Entry Credit: Alena Noakes, Wildcat Media, Louisiana Christian University
Judge Comment: Fantastic collection of photos with a variety of subjects, lighting, and techniques. 


Entry Title:
Look at those sheep; Scary costume ideas
Entry Credit: Sam Miller, Wildcat Media, Louisiana Christian University
Judge Comment: “Look at those sheep” provides the right balance between disbelief and side- eye snark at a newsy topic that all can relate to. 

This was LCU’s first-ever award for editorial cartoons. 

This year’s competition, for work published or broadcast in 2021, drew 379 entries in more than 80 categories. Judges were members of the SPJ chapters in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.