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The Maroon Takes Home Top Prizes from 2015 La./Miss. AP Media Editors Contest and LPA's Better Newspaper Competition

Loyola press release - June 30, 2015

They did it again! The Maroon, the student-run newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans, took home a round of awards this month from the joint conference of the Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors.

“The hard work and dedication of the students at The Maroon is exemplary,” said Michael Giusti ’00, M.B.A. ’12, an instructor and senior media adviser to the award-winning student-run newspaper. “Working with them is an inspiration and an honor.”

The Maroon received high honors from both organizations at the conference held June 19-21 in New Orleans. One of those honors was the top prize from the Louisiana Press Association, which recognized The Maroon as the top college newspaper in its general excellence category.

Together, the prizes bring the total number of city, state, regional and national awards won so far by The Maroon this year to 56, marking the 2014-2015 academic year as “the most winning-est year The Maroon has ever had,” Giusti said.

Loyola’s student-run newspaper competed against similar newspapers from larger universities.

Other schools recognized were: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Louisiana University and Mississippi’s Delta State University. Of the five universities, Loyola took home the highest number of prizes.

Fifty-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 2,485 entries to the LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition, which allowed students and student-run newspapers to compete in a college division, according to a statement by the press association.

The 2015 Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Contest is one of the largest regional contests hosted by the AP, with over 1,000 entries, and is designed to recognize Louisiana and Mississippi AP-member newspapers for outstanding performance in journalism. College news bureaus are invited to submit news or feature stories written by college or university students under the direction of faculty as part of a college-run bureau or project and published in a professional newspaper in the contest year.

“It has been a tremendous year for The Maroon and the Loyola University School of Mass Communication, which has garnered to date more than 65 awards — and we still have New Orleans Press Club later this summer,” said Sonya Duhé, Ph.D., director of the School of Mass Communication at Loyola. “Each and every award is special, and we know our students put in a ton of work to achieve this kind of success.”

This academic year, the School of Mass Communication has won 65 awards across the board in journalism, advertising and public relations.

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The Louisiana Press Association gave the following awards to Loyola students in the 2015 LPA Better Newspaper Competition: College Division

  • First Place, General Excellence, The Maroon
  • First Place, Best Front Page, The Maroon
  • First Place, Best Photo Package, Zach Brien
  • First Place, Best Staff Generated Black and White Ad, Enjoli Gilbert '15
  • Second Place, Best Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page, The Maroon
  • Second Place, Best Sports Story, Mark Robinson
  • Second Place, Best Staff Generated Color Ad, Enjoli Gilbert '15
  • Third Place Best Feature Story, Skyllarr Trusty
  • Third Place Best News Story, Lester Duhé

The Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors gave the following awards in the 2015 Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Contest:

  • Second Place, General Excellence, The Maroon
  • Second Place, Best College Website, LoyolaMaroon.com
  • Second Place, Best College Breaking/Spot News, Colleen Dulle, Mary Graci, Davis Walden, Zach Brien
  • Second Place, Best College Editorial, Karla Rosas '15
  • Second Place, Best College Feature Photo, Zach Brien
  • Second Place, Best College Layout and Design, Emily Andras '14 and Karla Rosas '15
  • Third Place, Best College Spot News Photo, Zach Brien