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Loyola communications students and grads make their mark on Press Club Awards

July 27, 2012

Several members of the Loyola University New Orleans community took home top honors at the New Orleans Press Club 54th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet last week at Harrah’s Casino. Loyola students and alumni brought home more than 20 awards.

“Loyola has always been known for producing excellent communicators and skilled reporters. We are extremely proud of our students and alumni for the work they do and congratulate them for being recognized for their outstanding efforts,” said School of Mass Communication Director Sonya Duhé, Ph.D.

The following students were award winners:

  • Sydney Barbier, an illustrator for The Maroon, won first place for her cartoon, “Arm and leg.”
  • Karin Curley, a senior writer for The Maroon, won first place in the Community News category for her article, “Number of Jesuits Decrease.”
  • Sam Winstrom, editor-in-chief of The Maroon, won second place in the Cover category for the Sept. 30, 2011 issue of The Maroon and third place for the Nov. 11, 2011 issue. Winstrom also brought home first place in the Headline category for his headline, “Condom sense.”
  • Colby Wilson, a writer for The Maroon, won second place in the category of Print Sports Story for the article, “Players put books before sports.”
  • Precious Esie, a writer and editor for The Maroon, won second place in the Infographics-Print category for “Jesuits at a Glance.” She also won third place in the same category for “The Value of Tenure.”
  • Cherie Lejeune, a Loyola junior and writer for The Maroon, won third place in the Community News category for her article, “Common curriculum changes get approved.”

Alumni award winners:

  • Les East '82, a reporter for The Advocate, won second place in the Print Sports Feature category for his article, “Saints players work out.” East also won first place in the Print Sports Story category for his piece, “Lakers too much for Hornets, 98-80.” East took home a third place award in the Sports Blog category for “Les East’s Blog.”
  • Ramon Antonio Vargas '09, a reporter for The Times-Picayune, won third place in the Print Sports Feature category for his article, “High-Powered Paddlers.”
  • Joseph Halm '04, a writer for The Times-Picayune, won third place in the Print Sports Story category for “Delgado’s hopes for World Series die in 10-inning loss.”
  • Fletcher Mackel '98, a WDSU-TV sportscaster, won first place in the Sports Blog category for “Offsides With Fletcher Mackel.”
  • Sean Fazende, a sports reporter for WVUE-TV, won second place in the Sports Blog category for “After Further Review.”
  • Diane Mack '78, WWNO-FM, won both first and second place in the Radio Feature category for “History With A Twist” and “Read My Pins,” respectively.
  • Sally Tunmer '08, FSC Interactive, won first place along with Andy Kutcher and Ashley Orr, in the Independent Blog category for “GoNola.” They also won third place in the Affilitated Social Media category for “GoNola Social Media.”
  • Lauren LaBorde '09, Gambit, won second place in the Feature Affiliated Blog category for “Y@ Speak.”

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