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The Loyola University New Orleans Maroon Closes Out October with Five More National Awards

Loyola press release - November 2, 2016

The Loyola University New Orleans student-run newspaper, The Maroon, brought home five national awards from The College Media Association just one week after earning top marks from the Associated College Press.

The College Media Association announced its Pinnacle awards this weekend in Atlanta, including five awards earned by four students during the 2015-2016 academic year:

Second place for Best Mobile App - Colleen Dulle and Mary Graci

Second place for Best Rate Card - Kadija Aziz

Third place for Best Front Page - Naasha Dotiwala

Second place for Best News Page or Spread - Naasha Dotiwala

Second place for Best Opinion/Editorial Page Design- Naasha Dotiwala

CMA’s Pinnacle Awards honor both the best college media organizations and individual work by students. The contest is open to student work produced for any college media organization, including print, broadcast and online outlets, during an academic year.

“I am honored to be included in this year’s collection of winners and feel fortunate to have joined The Maroon and started this exciting journey into the field of newspaper design,” said Loyola senior and Maroon Design Chief Naasha Dotiwala. “The Maroon has opened up a new world of career opportunities and exciting competitions for me — I am learning to perform my best in a fast-paced industry!"

These five new national awards will be added to the School of Mass Communication’s award vault, which has collected more than 150 awards in the last two years, including a national Pacemaker Award, considered the “Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism.”

“The Maroon has a long history of excellence, and through these competitions, our students are not only showing their professional worth, but pushing themselves to develop their capabilities and achieve ‘personal bests,’” said Sonya Duhé, director of the School of Mass Communication at Loyola. “Seeing our students win again and again on a national level shows us that they are developing the fortitude and skills they need for professional success in a competitive and changing environment.”

Journalism and strategic communications students at Loyola learn from professors at the forefront of journalism, advertising and public relations fields. In The Maroon’s cutting-edge newsroom and the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications, they build skills using state-of-the-art technology used across the communications industry.

“What great honors, especially being recognized as innovators in the digital space,” said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12. “We are very excited to hear this news and to see The Maroon continue its longstanding tradition of excellence.”