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Student journalist wins second in the nation for news reporting

Loyola press release - October 28, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans student journalist Lucy Dieckhaus won second place in the nation for her coverage last year of the Student Government Association featured in The Maroon, the university’s student newspaper. She received the “Story of the Year” award from the Associated Collegiate Press this weekend during the association’s National College Media Convention held in New Orleans, an event that attracted more than 2,300 student journalists and advisers.

Dieckhaus, a junior in the School of Mass Communication and the current news editor of The Maroon, is recognized along with students from large journalism schools including the University of California Los Angeles and Indiana University.

“Loyola journalism students like Lucy compete well on a national stage,” said Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., Loyola professor and director of the School of Mass Communication. “We've got a dynamic Mass Communication program, and we're extremely proud of Lucy and the entire Maroon team.”

Dieckhaus, who hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism after graduation, credits her Loyola education with helping her blossom as a standout reporter. “Loyola’s sense of community has created an atmosphere for me that has been vital in the positive progression of my journalism skills,” the native of Rockton, Ill., said. “I would not be the journalist I am today if I had not stepped into The Maroon newsroom two years ago.”

The latest accolade caps the end of a successful awards season for Loyola’s Student Media. In all, students brought home 16 awards from regional and national press organizations this year.

“This is a terrific honor and the second time in two years that a Maroon reporter has been recognized as a ‘Story of the Year’ finalist,” said Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12, journalism instructor and Student Media adviser.

Last year, former Loyola student and Maroon reporter Karin Curley ‘12 was nominated for her coverage of the declining number of Jesuits and its potential effect on higher education administration. Wolf editor and mass communication senior Shannon Donaldson was recently honored with a nomination for best feature story at a small school by the Society of Professional Journalists, putting her among the top three small school feature writers in the nation.

Please contact Mikel Pak, Loyola associate director of public affairs, for media interviews at 504-861-5448.