For the fifth time in the past eight years, the Southeastern Channel has been recognized as the Best College Television Station in the South.
The channel earned first place Best of South honors for the second year in a row and the third time in the past five years at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Its five years of winning Best TV Station since 2013 are the most of any university in the southeast region of the U.S. During that span the only times that the Southeastern Channel did not win first place, it won second place.
The SEJC is composed of 39 universities from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Southeast Journalism Conference celebrates student journalism and offers an opportunity for participants to develop relationships with students from schools throughout the southeast United States.
“It’s a great honor to once again be ranked as the very best college television station in the South,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “This is a tribute to the high-quality standards of our students, the Southeastern Channel staff, and the television instructors in the Department of Communication and Media Studies.”
In addition, the Southeastern Channel won third place for Best College Video Newscast for the student newscast Northshore News. The newscast has won first place four times in the past nine years, the most of any school in the region.
In the individual categories, Chris Rosato of Mandeville won third place for Best Television Journalist in the South, while Dylan Domangue of Houma placed fifth in the same category. Rosato won for his hard news stories produced for the student newscast Northshore News, while Domangue won for both his Northshore News segments and his sports feature stories produced for the student sportscast The Big Game.
“Chris and Dylan are both very deserving of these top honors that separate them as broadcast journalists and reporters from other students throughout the South,” Settoon said. “They both take pride in the quality of their stories—from research and writing to on-camera reporting, narrating, shooting, and editing.”
“The results are packages which represent solid journalism with rich content and information,” Settoon added. “They communicate their stories in a creative and clear style so that they are engaging, meaningful, and impactful for their viewing audience. I know the judges were impressed.”
Rosato anchors and reports for Northshore News, recently named the second best college newscast in the country by College Broadcasters, Inc (CBI). He was also honored recently by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) as the 2019 Louisiana Student Broadcaster of the Year in Television. The LAB is made up of television and radio professionals and stations in the state.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for this award, especially when taking into account the level of talent of the people that I was competing against,” Rosato said. “The Southeastern Channel has separated me from a lot of other people I’m competing against by giving me the opportunity to cover real-world current event stories in the community with public officials and everyday people and not just restrict me to on-campus assignments.”
Not only was Rosato honored for his television news reporting, he placed third in the South for “Best Television Anchoring” in the onsite competition.
“To win an award in anchoring is meaningful because it’s a different job in putting together a show, so to win an award for two different titles is awesome,” Rosato said.
For the last four years, Domangue has reported and anchored for both Northshore News and The Big Game, which was honored by CBI has the best student sportscast in the country in 2018 and named National Finalist the last three years by the College Sports Media Awards.
“It’s a great honor to be one of those named as Best Television Journalist in the South,” Domangue said. “This is a very competitive field, and there are so many students in this field as well. At Southeastern alone I know there are over a dozen student broadcasters who could all win this award. On top of that, we are competing against other big schools with hundreds of students focused on broadcasting. I know that every one of these students has the capability of winning Best TV Journalist. So that I can say I won the award makes it that much more special.”
Domangue has also won individual honors as a reporter, videographer, and on-camera talent given by the Society of Professional Journalists, Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters, and the Suncoast Emmys. He has produced, directed, and done play-by-play announcing for live sports broadcasts streaming on ESPN-Plus.
“I think what makes the Southeastern Channel unique compared to other schools is the amount of student-produced content per semester,” Domangue said. “Students at most schools don’t get the chance to report, anchor, direct, and produce for live weekly shows like we do at the Southeastern Channel. They do not offer everything that we do from newscasts to sportscasts to a comedy show, all the way to broadcasting sporting events for ESPN-Plus. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to work for the Southeastern Channel, because I firmly believe it is the best college program in the country for television broadcasting.”
In its 17 years of existence, the Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international, and regional awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Spectrum Channel 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston, and St. Helena parishes, while its live 24-7 broadcast is also streamed on Roku, Apple TV, and thesoutheasternchanel.com, which offers video on demand.