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Student journalists, professor win 4 press club awards

Loyola press release - July 28, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans student journalists along with English instructor C.W. Cannon, Ph.D., won four awards from the Press Club of New Orleans during its 2014 Excellence in Journalism awards ceremony July 19. Loyola’s student newspaper, The Maroon, not only won awards for its exemplary community news and editorial writing, the newspaper was also singled out as a hub of innovation for the next generation of student journalists.

The Maroon won first place for Internet Innovation for its multimedia broadcast, The Maroon Minute. The daily video piece—produced, written and directed by Maroon students—was launched in November 2013. The multimedia news broadcasts are produced in The Maroon Multimedia Newsroom and featured daily. The newsroom is outfitted with high-tech TV cameras, a news desk, green screen and the ability to link with local and national news outlets.

“It is so exciting to see journalism students from a traditionally ‘print’ shop truly leading the way with innovation and exploring professional journalism across all media,” said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti '00, M.B.A. '12.

Giusti credits Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., Loyola professor and director of the School of Mass Communication, who along with visiting professor Lisa Collins, have been invaluable in The Maroon Minute, offering advice, critique and feedback as the process evolved.

“The Maroon Multimedia Newsroom has provided new opportunities for our award-winning students to continue to produce multimedia journalism with capabilities that go beyond writing, shooting or editing, but encompass all the skills necessary for today’s fast-paced world of digital media. The School of Mass Communication provides a well-rounded education, which makes graduates that much more appealing to employers,” Duhé said.

Staff writer and junior Nia Porter also won first place for Community News for her article on Loyola’s 2013 first-year incoming class. The Maroon’s 2013 editor-in-chief and alumnus Sam Winstrom '13 won second place for editorial writing on controversial constitutional changes to the Student Government Association.

Additionally, Cannon took home the New Orleans Press Club Award for Excellence in Journalism for the Best Column for a series of essays on the 2013 Mother’s Day second line shooting in New Orleans. The series was published in The Lens. Cannon split the first place award with fellow writers Jed Horne and Deb Cotton.

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