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Loyola student journalists win top regional honors for writing, photography

Loyola press release - April 9, 2013

Student journalists at Loyola University New Orleans won top awards, sweeping multiple categories from the Society of Professional Journalists regional chapter among student publications in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The awards count Loyola student journalists for The Maroon newspaper and Wolf Magazine among the best writers and photographers in the region, including first place wins for general news reporting, feature writing, sports writing and feature photography among small college newspapers. First place finishers will represent Loyola in the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 24 to 26.

“These awards again are a testament to the quality of the education the students receive here at Loyola. We are so very proud of each and every one of them and to professor Mike Giusti who guides them along the way,” said Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., Loyola professor and director of the School of Mass Communication.

The awards recognize eight Loyola students as top finishers among small college publications, including:

  • First place for General News Reporting for “Should I stay or should I go?” by Shannon Donaldson
  • Second place for General News Reporting for “Students help Venezuelans vote,” by Aaren Gordon
  • First place for Feature Writing for “N.O. film industry breaks out,” by Donaldson
  • Second place for Feature Writing for “Man behind the pastries trained with the best,” by Lauren Irwin
  • Third place for Feature Writing for “Ain't no mountain high enough,” by Donaldson
  • First place for Sports Writing for “Volleyball pulls out the big guns,” by Hasani Grayson
  • Second place for Sports Writing for “Wolfpack becomes Wolf Pack,” by Karl Gommel
  • Third place for Sports Writing for “Volleyball storming to a good start,” by Gommel
  • Second place for Non-Fiction Magazine Article for “When Duty Calls,” by Vannia Zelaya
  • First place for Feature Photography for “Take Back the Night,” by Wadner Pierre
  • Second place for Feature Photography for “Blown Away,” by Maroon editor-in-chief Sam Winstrom

“We’ve got such a great dedicated crew—they are doing it for the right reasons. They are in it for their dedication to journalism,” said Giusti, adviser for Loyola’s student media. “The Society of Professional Journalist awards show what a great a job the Loyola students do and that they can compete on a state, regional and national level.”

The Society of Professional Journalists—the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization—recognized the Loyola students in an awards ceremony April 6 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The Loyola Student Government Association helped fund the award entries.

For media interviews or high-resolution photos, please contact Mikel Pak, Loyola associate director of public affairs.