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Student newspaper wins 6 state Associated Press awards, topping off most decorated year in history

Loyola press release - June 24, 2014

The Loyola University New Orleans student-run newspaper, The Maroon, won six college division honors over the weekend from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors. With the awards, the paper is celebrating its most decorated year in recent history, receiving 27 total award nominations from regional, state and national journalism organizations for the 2013-14 academic year.

Associated Press editors from both states handed out the awards honoring the best work of 2013 at the group's annual meeting, held in conjunction with the conventions of the Louisiana Press Association and the Mississippi Press Association in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday, June 21.

The Maroon’s 2013 editor in chief and alumnus Sam Winstrom '13 won first place for best feature story “Stolen knowledge,” which detailed the theft of student Bridget Katz’s laptop, which contained her thesis.

Senior Lucy Dieckhaus won first place in the College Enterprise/Investigative category for “Behind closed doors: disenfranchised,” which reported on constitutional changes within the Student Government Association last year. Her reporting on the SGA previously won second place in the nation for in-depth reporting from another organization, the Associated Collegiate Press.

“It is so great seeing our student journalists getting recognition for the hard work and service they give to the university,” said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti '00, M.B.A. '12.

Loyola’s student newspaper also won four additional awards in the college division from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors in the following categories:

  • The Maroon won both second and third place for best editorial, including “A message to SGA: Burn the ballots” and “New SGA constitution threatens to breed SGA dictatorship;”
  • Wadner Pierre '13, Maroon photographer in 2013, won third place in the feature photos category for his photo “Pour some powder on me;” and
  • The Maroon won third place in the general excellence category.

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

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