Southeastern Louisiana University students working on the Southeastern Channel won four 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The students were honored in the SPJ’s Region 12, which includes all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The television awards presented to Southeastern Channel students included second place for Best Overall Television Newscast for the student news show, “Northshore News.”

The channel also won a pair of second-place awards in the Television General News Reporting category. “Northshore News” reporter Kaitlyn Morales, of Covington, placed second for her story on Causeway Safety, while reporter Erika Ferrando, of Mandeville, was recognized for her Improved Levees package.

In addition, Kristen Durand, of New Orleans, and Joseph Legrange, of Denham Springs, placed second in Television News/Feature Photography with their videography for the Mandeville Road Construction story.

In the newspaper competition, Allison Crady, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, placed second in General News Reporting for her story Rise in Heroin Deaths Attributed to New Laws, which appeared in Southeastern’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Roar.

“The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious in student journalism, and we’re thrilled that our students continue to receive these top honors,” Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said. “This is well-deserved recognition for their talent and excellent work ethic, and it reflects the outstanding training they receive from Southeastern Channel staff members and instructors in the Department of Languages and Communication.”

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists promotes the free flow of information and works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists.