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Loyola journalism students named to 'Best in the South' honor roll

Loyola press release - February 24, 2012

Six Loyola University New Orleans students and recent graduates were recognized for exceptional journalism ability at the Southeast Journalism Conference convention held last week at the University of Tennessee-Martin. This is the first competition of the 2012 journalism contest season, with several Maroon and Wolf staff members being named “Best in the South.”

They are:

  • Leslie Gamboni
    Second Place
    Best Feature Writer in the South

  • Kaitlin Riley ’11
    Second Place
    Best Magazine Page Layout Designer in the South

  • Melanie Ziems ’11
    Third Place
    Best Magazine Writer in the South

  • Jamie Futral
    Honorable mention
    Best News Reporter in the South

  • Sam Winstrom
    Honorable mention
    Best Newspaper Page Layout Designer in the South

  • The Wolf/Angie Hernandez-Editor
    Honorable mention
    Best College Magazine in the South

“We are extremely proud of our students and recent graduates who have brought this wonderful recognition back home to Loyola,” said School of Mass Communication Director Sonya Duhé, Ph.D. “Bringing back six awards says a tremendous amount about the quality of our students, the talent of our faculty and strength of our curriculum. I am so very proud of our accomplishments."

The Southeast Journalism Conference was formed in 1987 and works to encourage greater interest in student journalism and to create closer ties among journalism schools in the Southeast United States. More than 400 student journalists from 41 schools across eight southern states competed in the contest.