Tech Talk staff wins awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Apr 17, 2014 | General News, Liberal Arts

Staff members of Louisiana Tech’s student-run newspaper, The Tech Talk, received a variety of writing and photography awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Six students on staff received awards from SPJ’s Region 12 Mark of Excellence contest. “Our Tech Talk staff continues to bring recognition and honor to the journalism department and the university,” said Dr. Reginald Owens, chair of the department. “I congratulate them on their award-winning ways.” Owens added that the SPJ was a prestigious organization with a strong competition. “It is significant to note that our students are winning in a very competitive arena — the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards,” Owens said. “These awards represent more than recognition of their good skills. These honors also represent their hard work and dedication. For that, I thank them. These achievements are the result of many late-night and early morning hours.” Those who received awards were classified into a winner category and finalist category. Those in the winner category will proceed to the national competition. Students who placed are listed below. Winner Derek J. Amaya, a senior journalism major from Metairie, Sports Column Writing. Kaleb Causey, a senior journalism and political science major from Jonesboro, Sports Writing. Devin Dronett, a junior communication design major from Lake Charles, Feature Photography. Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, a junior photography major from India, Photo Illustration. Hannah Schilling, a senior journalism and political science major from Bossier City, General Column Writing. Finalist Allison East, a senior journalism and history major from Vicksburg, Miss., General Column Writing. Mukhopadhyay, General News Photography. The Tech Talk can also be accessed online at