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The Maroon receives two national rankings for first time in paper's history

October 15, 2014

For the first time ever, the Loyola University New Orleans student-run newspaper, The Maroon, has earned top marks from both the Associated Collegiate Press and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Both organizations gave The Maroon the top critique rankings for the work of the Maroon staff during the 2013-14 school year. Each year, both organizations invite college newspapers to submit a portfolio of work to be judged by media professionals from around the U.S. The goal of both is to provide student newspapers an objective, outsider opinion against national standards.

“The Maroon has always set our sights on excellence, but this group of students has been especially talented. They have combined a passion and drive for journalism with a level of professionalism and organization that is just unparalleled,” said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12.

The Associated Collegiate Press gave the Maroon “All American” honors, their highest ranking, in several areas, including: coverage and content; writing and editing; photos, art and graphics; layout and design; and leadership. This year marks the first time in more than 20 years that the Maroon has earned top rankings from the Associated Collegiate Press.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association gave the Maroon a “Gold Medal” in its annual Medalist Critique and judged the publication in areas such as: information; coverage; writing; visual presentation; and photography and graphics.

The Maroon has enjoyed an outstanding year, including a No. 5 ranking by The Princeton Review for best college newspaper, a national first place award for editorial writing from the Society of Professional Journalists and seven awards from the Louisiana Press Association, including first place honors in the student categories for Best Feature Story, Best Sports Story, Best Individual Editorial Cartoon and Best Overall Website.

“Getting top honors from both groups just reinforces what we have always known: Loyola is producing top-tier journalists who are ready to make an impact on the professional world,” Giusti said.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888.

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