LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette collected 12 awards in the Southeast Journalism Conference’s 2013 Best of the South competition during the conference’s annual convention held at the Lafayette Hilton last weekend.

The SEJC includes 40 member schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Best of the South awards recognize the top 10 contestants in each category.

Awards for UL-Lafayette included: first place for Best College Audio News Program for “Louisiana Focus”; second place for Best College Radio Station to KRVS; and fifth place in the Best College Newspaper category to The Vermilion.

Individual awards were given to:

  • Lanie Lee Cook, of Broussard, who received her journalism degree in December and is now a reporter with KPEL radio. Cook received an honorable mention for College Journalist of the Year and took third place as Best Special Events Reporter for a series in The Vermilion on the new bike lanes on campus.
  • Ashley Hinson, a senior English major and journalism minor from Lafayette, won first place as Best Arts and Entertainment Writer.
  • Jared Perrio, of Lafayette, who received his journalism degree in December, took second place in the Best Feature Writer category.
  • Brian Richard, a senior broadcast major from Morgan City, took third place as Best Radio Hard News Reporter.

There were three fourth-place finishers: Annie Ourso, a senior journalism major from White Castle and an Acadiana Advocate intern, as Best News Writer; Jeanne Robichaux, a senior broadcast major from Houma, in the Best Radio Journalist category; and Kimberly Bradford, a senior broadcast major from Franklinton, as Best Radio Feature Reporter.

Mike Francingues, a senior journalism major from Mandeville and an Acadiana Advocate intern, finished ninth in Best Opinion-Editorial Writer.