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The Maroon, Loyola's student newspaper, wins top regional honors

Loyola press release - April 1, 2008

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) named The Maroon the best non-daily college newspaper in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee at its regional conference last weekend. This honor distinguishes The Maroon as one of the top 12 non-daily college newspapers in the nation.

Trailing Loyola, the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee earned second and third place respectively in the non-daily newspaper competition.

In addition to the top honors, contributors for The Maroon also earned several awards, making Loyola one of the most decorated schools in the competition.

Ramon Vargas, mass communication junior, and Maroon editor for Fall 2007, won several awards, bringing home first place and third place awards in General News Reporting and first place for Sports Writing. Michael Nissman, mass communication senior, and Maroon photo editor for Fall 2007, won first place for Sports Column Writing and second place for Sports Photography. A collaboration between Vargas, Nissman, Steve Kashishian, A�07, and Daniel Monteverde, mass communication senior, earned first place for best Photo Illustration.

The Region 12 Conference was held on Loyola�s campus March 29. First-place winners in the four-state regional competition will continue on to the national competition, which will be held later this year. According to the SPJ, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,400 entries in 39 categories across SPJ�s 12 regions for work completed during the 2007 calendar year.

For more information, please visit the Society of Professional Journalism website, or contact the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888.