Courtesy Photo | The Shreveport Journalism Foundation awarded its Orland Dodson Scholarship to Megan Boyanton, a Northwestern State University junior majoring in liberal arts and communications with a minor in philosophy. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, John Lieberman, SJF vice president for scholarships; Boyanton, SJF President Mary Jarzabek and SJF President Emeritus Gregg Trusty.

NATCHITOCHES –  Megan Boyanton, a junior in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, was named the recipient of the Orland Dodson Scholarship awarded by the Shreveport Journalism Foundation.

The award is presented annually to a junior or senior college student majoring in journalism, public relations and/or mass communications who lives or attends school within a 100-miles radius of downtown Shreveport.

Boyanton is a joint major in liberal arts and communications with a minor in philosophy.  She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Purple Jackets Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  She is the current editor in chief of The Odyssey at Northwestern State having served in the past as a contributing editor.  Boyanton has served as the external affairs commissioner of the Student Government Association, vice president and secretary of the Scholars’ College Forum Council, a Gamma Chi recruitment counselor, the Life editor at The Current Sauce and a radio host at KNWD. NSU Official SEAL

Boyanton has represented Northwestern State at the College Media Association conference in New York City and the Conference on Student Government Association in College Station, Texas.  She has also been the recipient of the Louisiana Scholars’ College Terry Cazales Scholarship and the Thomas Whitehead Sophomore Award in Journalism.

Boyanton is a native of Renton, Washington, whose Louisiana home is Slidell. She has much experience as an undergraduate in mass communications.

“I’ve had a broadcast internship with WDSU News in New Orleans during the summer of 2014 and a journalism internship with PinkNews in London during the summer of 2015. I’ve also written as a travel journalist for The Washington Times Communities and Communities Digital News,” Boyanton said.

The Shreveport Journalism Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in journalism through scholarships and professional development, said Mary Jarzabek, SJF president. Membership is open to all practitioners working in journalism and/or public relations fields and any college-level student.  The organization awards two scholarships per year, the Orland Dodson Scholarship and the Kerry Garland Scholarship.  Last year’s recipient of the $1,000 Orland Dodson Scholarship was Kelsey Newman, also an NSU student.

Northwestern State redesigned its journalism/mass communications program in 2015 as the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts with tracks in electronic media, print and social media to prepare students for careers in TV, radio, print media, public relations, social medial, organizational communication and related fields.

“We’ve brought back journalism in a new way,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, who earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at NSU.  “Megan is a perfect example of a student whose written, oral and multimedia skills are preparing her for a bright future in communications.”

“I was so thankful that the members of the Shreveport Journalism Foundation drove down to Natchitoches,” Boyanton said following Monday’s scholarship presentation, which took place during Henderson’s Comm 3660 class, which focuses on public relations and social media. “I had no idea what to expect when it came to the ceremony and was deeply touched by their kind words.”

Boyanton will graduate in May 2017 and intends to take a gap year before graduate school to join the Peace Corps.

“I aim to be a travel journalist one day and would love to explore both political and investigative journalism as well,” she said.

For information on NSU’s Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts, visit nsula.edu/newmedia.  For information on the Shreveport Journalism Foundation, visit shreveportjournalismfoundation.com.