Students Win Nat'l Excellence in Journalism Awards

Posted on: August 27, 2013

journalism-awardsFive journalism students recently won a NLGJA National Excellence in Journalism Award for their multimedia website, The LGBT Mind. The site was created to let people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community know they are not alone, offering support and listing resources. The NLGJA National Excellence in Journalism Awards foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community.

The LGBT Mind is a place that dissolves stereotypes through personal connections, expert resources, research and mutual understanding, according to the site. It is a place where people can come together and be who they are any color, any age, or in any stage of life.

The students who worked on the site Alissa Brouillet, Adam Ilenich, Kellie Rowe, Marcela Salvador and Justin Wan created it as part of their capstone journalism class, JRN 400. They worked on the project with Assistant Professor Serena Carpenter for a full semester.

If a student feels they are learning and motivated by the people representing an issue, they will often produce excellent work, Carpenter said.

To make the site a success, the students relied on knowledge they gained from various CAS classes, including coding, social media, video production and editing.

Brouillet, a 2013 journalism graduate, said she found individuals who identified as a part of the LGBT community and created content for the site based on their lives.

"I love everything about the site, Brouillet said. "I feel proud. I'm very thankful that this course allowed us to do something innovative, creative and different.

Established in 1993, the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards this year were presented by the Association of LGBT Journalists on Aug. 24 in Boston.

Congratulations Allissa, Adam, Kellie, Marcela, Justin and Serena!

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