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Skilled writer steps into La Louisiane student editor spotlight

As La Louisiane’s newest student editor, Bailey Chenevert is adding valuable experience to an already impressive résumé.

A senior psychology major with a minor in journalism, she spent six years working in television news and magazine publications in Lafayette and her native Baton Rouge.

From August 2017 until January 2019, Chenevert was a production assistant and floor director at television station KADN in Lafayette. There, she learned the technical aspects of producing television news. She worked late nights and early mornings operating cameras and the teleprompter, and posting content to the station’s website.

Her interest in reporting began at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, where she took broadcasting and newswriting classes.

She produced multimedia news stories for “Bulldog News,” the high school’s daily morning broadcast. She also anchored the program.

Chenevert spent four years as a staff member of Potpourri, Baton Rouge Magnet’s annual literary magazine. She was the magazine’s editor-in-chief during her junior and senior years. In that role, she edited submissions, designed layouts, consulted with printers, and managed a team of writers and editors.

Chenevert said she chose to major in psychology at UL Lafayette to gain “a deeper understanding of people.” The insight enhances her storytelling, she said, which is beneficial as she pursues a career in journalism.

“There are rich, interesting stories waiting to be told throughout campus. The best part of my job as student editor is getting to dive deeply into these stories and explore them fully.”

As student editor, Chenevert’s duties include writing and editing articles, conducting interviews, proofreading, and assisting University photographers during photo shoots. She is a liaison between La Louisiane and the University’s student body.

For this issue, she has written about Campus Cupboard, a food pantry for students, and reported on the Student-Athlete Academic Center in Edith Garland Dupré Library.

“Bailey is a good listener, asks good questions and is constantly honing her writing skills. She makes thoughtful observations and is a quick study,” said Kathleen Thames, La Louisiane editor.

“She represents the student body well.”

This article first appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of La Louisiane, The Magazine of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Photo by Doug Dugas

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