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Loyola University New Orleans professor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Press Club of New Orleans

Loyola press release - May 9, 2001

(New Orleans)—Larry Lorenz, Ph.D., will receive the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Club of New Orleans. Lorenz has been a professor in the Department of Communications at Loyola University New Orleans since 1981. Lorenz will receive his award during the Press Club’s annual Journalism Awards Competition ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal Street. The ceremony recognizes excellence in broadcast journalists and public relations professionals, with awards given in 45 categories.

In addition to his teaching duties, Lorenz has been moderator of WYES-TV's journalists’ roundtable "Informed Sources," since 1987. He has served as president of the Press Club of New Orleans from 1984-1985, and he was instrumental in the organization of an annual high school journalism competition co-sponsored by the Press Club and Loyola University’s Department of Communications. The Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition is held each year in memory of Lorenz's former colleague, journalism professor, the late Tom Bell.

Lorenz uses this opportunity to reflect on his career, "I could not be more pleased, and I’m especially honored because this group of professional journalists chose to give the award to a journalism educator. At the same time, I think my selection is recognition of my having continued to be at least a part-time journalist, in radio and television, from the time I began university teaching. From the beginning, I thought it was important for me to try to keep my hand in the profession, and my experience over these last nearly 35 years has convinced me that that was sound.

"Journalism educators serve their students best when they can take the newsroom into the classroom. Those who understand what we are trying to do know that professional work can be as valuable as research in informing our teaching."

Lorenz received a doctorate in journalism with minors in government and history in 1968, a master’s degree in journalism with a minor in government in 1965, both from Southern Illinois University; and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in philosophy in 1958 from Marquette University.