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Maroon staffers take home journalism awards

March 6, 2009

Four Loyola University New Orleans student staffers of The Maroon placed in the 2009 Southeastern Journalism Conference Best of the South Awards, held Feb. 12-14 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The Maroon is the student-run newspaper of Loyola University.

Steve Heath, who served as sports editor for the spring 2008 semester, received second place recognition in the Best Sports Writer category for his ongoing coverage of the Wolfpack athletics. News Editor Katie Urbazewski, Life and Times Editor Jessica Williams and Assistant News Editor Masako Hirsch shared third place in the Best Public Service Journalism category for their coverage of the relocation of the Loyola Center for Intercultural Understanding.

The Southeastern Journalism Conference was founded “to encourage greater interest in student journalism and create closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States.” The SEJC is comprised of 64 colleges and universities, and 31 schools took part in the competition.

Faculty adviser to The Maroon, Michael Giusti, applauded the students’ efforts and recognition.

“I am always amazed at the quality of work and the dedication that these journalists produce, all while they are attending college full time. They are continuing the strong tradition of journalism practiced by The Maroon. It is an honor to work with this amazing crew. They make Loyola proud,” Giusti said.

For more information on The Maroon, contact Michael Giusti at 504-865-3295 or by e-mail at mdgiusti@loyno.edu.

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