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Loyola's student newspaper earns top honors from the Louisiana Press Association

Loyola press release - May 14, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans student-run newspaper, The Maroon, recently earned the Louisiana Press Association’s top General Excellence Award, in addition to capturing first place in its division for both best news or feature story and best sports story or feature. First place in the General Excellence category is given every year to the state’s top college newspaper, according to the Louisiana Press Association.

Over the last month, The Maroon and its staff have been awarded top honors three times by several different journalism organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press. In late April, Maroon staffers Precious Esie, Holly Combs, Carl Harrison, Leslie Gamboni, Jamie Futral and Masako Hirsch were awarded the SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence Award for in-depth reporting for a number of stories about sexuality on college campuses.

The most recent honors bestowed by the LPA also recognized Camara Thomas in the best sports story or feature category and Karin Curley for best news story or news feature.

“We had a very strong staff this year that was committed to excellence, and it showed,” said journalism instructor and The Maroon faculty adviser, Mike Giusti. “Loyola has a reputation of producing solid journalists that can graduate and hit the ground running, wherever they go. Being recognized by these professional organizations and having these awards on your resume also helps when looking for that first job.”

For more information, contact Matt Lambert in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448.

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