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Loyola student pubs pick up national and regional awards, nominations

Loyola press release - April 3, 2009

Loyola University student newspaper, The Maroon, and magazine, The Wolf, won five major national awards in March, and are nominated for an additional 13 honors at two journalism competitions.

At the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards, a national competition which recognizes superior print or online work by student journalists, The Maroon and The Wolf staffs took home the following awards:

  • In-Depth News/Feature Story For Newspapers, first place, Jauné Jackson and Jessica Williams
  • Editorial Writing for Newspapers, second place, The Maroon Staff
  • General Humor Commentary for Newspapers, certificate of merit, Justin Templet
  • Breaking News for Online Media, certificate of merit, Jauné Jackson
  • Overall Design, certificate of merit, The Wolf staff

In the CSPA competition, Loyola students competed against hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide, including national powerhouses, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, Indiana University, University of Miami, Ball State and the University of Florida. According to the CSPA, in recent years more than 13,000 entries have been submitted for awards consideration.

The Maroon and The Wolf are nominated for and awaiting final placement in two regional competitions, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards and the Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Students who are nominated will be awarded either first, second or third place awards or honorable mentions.

The following student staffers of The Maroon are nominated for the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • Jessica Williams, General News Reporting
  • Kevin Zansler, General News Photography
  • Rachel Strassel, Feature Photography (nominated twice)
  • Katie Urbaszewski, Online News Reporting

In the Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition, the following staff members are nominated:

  • Jessica Williams, Best News Story or News Feature
  • Eduardo Gonzalez, Best Sports Story or Sports Feature
  • Briana Prevost, Best Sports Story or Sports Feature
  • Rachel Strassel, Best General News Photo or Feature Photo
  • Kevin Zansler, Best General News Photo or Feature Photo
  • Tom Macom, Best Sports Photo (nominated twice)
  • The Maroon, General Excellence

The Maroon is competing against student papers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee for the SPJ awards, which will be announced Saturday, April 4. In the LPA Better Newspaper Competition, student newspapers from across the state compete for honors, which will be announced April 25.

In February, The Maroon was recognized in the 2009 Southeastern Journalism Conference Best of the South Awards.

Steve Heath, who served as sports editor for the spring 2008 semester, received second place recognition in the Best Sports Writer category for his ongoing coverage of the Wolfpack athletics. News Editor Katie Urbazewski, Life and Times Editor Jessica Williams and Assistant News Editor Masako Hirsch shared third place in the Best Public Service Journalism category for their coverage of the relocation of the Loyola Center for Intercultural Understanding.

For more information on The Maroon, contact Michael Giusti at 504-865-3295 or by e-mail at mdgiusti@loyno.edu. To contact The Wolf, e-mail Lauren Laborde at lalabord@loyno.edu.