The Hearst Journalism Awards program Tuesday morning, June 2, announced that Nicholls State University placed 20th in the national Team Multimedia Competition – Digital News/Enterprise category. This is the first time that Nicholls has taken part in this category of the Hearst contest. Nicholls was the only Louisiana school to be ranked in that division’s top 20, in which Western Kentucky University took first place. The recognition was for this semester’s edition of Garde Voir Ci, a digital magazine produced by students in A. Laure Chamberlain Kasovich’s capstone MACO course. The edition focused on the abandoned community of Grand Bayou, which was devastated by environmental calamities.
“We’re thrilled about making this list,” James Stewart, department head, said. “The Hearst Awards have been described as the Pulitzer of college journalism. It is a tribute to the hard work of Ms. Kasovich and her students in helping to provide a platform for seldom heard voices.”Chamberlain Kasovich says Grand Bayou’s story and people inspired the students.
“This group faced one of the most difficult tasks producing a digital magazine from a distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they knew how important this story was to the families of Grand Bayou and other abandoned communities,” Chamberlain Kasovich says. “I am so proud their hard work, determination and resourcefulness has been recognized.”