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Loyola student newspaper receives highest honor from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, other awards

Loyola press release - April 21, 2015

The Maroon student newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans recently was awarded a "Collegiate Gold Crown," the highest honor given annually by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association to college publications.

More than 1,200 digital and print newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2013-14 academic year were eligible for judging on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics in the 2015 Crown Awards Program. The Maroon, which had not won this award in recent memory, was the only weekly publication to be honored. The award was shared with The Daily Evergreen at Washington State University.

Also, The Maroon, Maroon Online, The Maroon Minute, and the Loyola News Service have been recognized for their work by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Maroon won 12 awards in the regional competition, while the Loyola News Service, a recently formed multimedia partnership between the School of Mass Communication and Nola.com | The Times-Picayune, won two awards.

Receiving awards for the Student Media are:

  • Best Student Magazine — The Wolf, Melanie Potter and Shannon Donaldson ‘14
  • Best Affiliated Website — The Maroon Online, Topher Balfer and Nia Porter
  • Winner, Feature Photographer (small school) — Zach Brien
  • Winner, Feature writing (small school) — Emily Andras ‘14
  • Finalist, Best All-Around Non-daily Student Newspaper — The Maroon, Aaren Gordon ‘14 and Topher Balfer
  • Finalist, Best All-Around Television Newscast — The Maroon Minute, Mary Staes
  • Finalist, Online News Reporting — Colleen Dulle
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (small school) — Ashley Fruge ‘14
  • Finalist, Editorial Writing — Karla Rosas
  • Finalist, Breaking News Photography — Zach Brien

Receiving awards for the Loyola Student News Service are:

  • Finalist, Online Feature Reporting — Burke Bischoff
  • Finalist, Online News Reporting — Burke Bischoff

"I couldn’t be prouder of The Maroon," said instructor and adviser Michael Giusti ‘00, MBA ‘12. "Their work and dedication shines each week, and professional judges across the nation apparently share my admiration. The body of work represented in these awards is phenomenal, and I can't say enough good things about these student journalists. I work with these students every day and am in awe of their dedication, skill and drive. They are terrific assets to Loyola, and they will go on to great things once they graduate.”

The Maroon now has won 37 national and regional awards for journalistic excellence this year, it's 92nd of publication. Earlier this year the weekly was named the fifth best college newspaper in the country by The Princeton Review and won All American honors from the Associated College Press.