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Loyola University journalism students receive 14 awards from Louisiana Press Associationís Better Newspaper Competition

Loyola press release - June 28, 2016

The Maroon wins Best Front Page, Best Editorial Page, Best News Story, Best Headline, and several top marks for advertising

Students working for Loyola University New Orleans’ 93-year-old student newspaper, the Maroon, brought home 14 major awards from the Louisiana Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Honors were announced Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Lake Charles, La. The Maroon collected prizes including Best Front Page, Best Editorial Page, Best News Story, Best Headline, and several top marks for advertising.

Winners were selected from more than 2,750 entries from 58 newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers. The LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition’s editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design, while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness. This year, the Alabama Press Association judged both competitions.

Loyola’s student-run newspaper competed against similar newspapers from larger universities. Other schools recognized were: Xavier University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgado Community College. Of the six universities, Loyola took home the highest number of prizes.

“I am always so proud to see the Maroon staff recognized for the excellent journalism that they create every day,” said Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12, journalism instructor and Student Media adviser for Loyola’s prize-winning student newspaper.

Student winners included:

Best Front Page, Loyola Maroon, first prize
Best Editorial Page, Loyola Maroon, first prize
Best Feature Story, Staff, third prize
Best News Story, Rebecca Trejo, first prize
Best News Story, Mark Robinson, second prize
Best News Story, Lauren Saizan, third prize
Most Effective Use of a Graphic on a Single Page, Karla Rosas, second prize
Most Effective Use of a Graphic on a Single Page, Naasha Dotiwala, third prize
Best Headline, Staff, first prize
General Excellence, Maroon, second prize
Staff Generated Black and White Ad, Khadija Aziz, first prize
Staff Generated Color Ad, Khadija Aziz, first prize
Best Overall Website, Mary Graci, second prize
Best Online Ad Static, Khadija Aziz, first prize

Loyola journalism students continue a prize-winning tradition with 42 awards earned to date for the 2015-2016 academic year, nearly double the historical average. During the 2014-2015 academic year, strategic communications and journalism students in the School of Mass Communication collectively brought home a record 91 awards, including a national “Pacemaker” award from the Collegiate Press Association, widely considered “the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.”

The Louisiana Press Association is the official trade organization for Louisiana newspapers and provides representation in the legislature and educational services. LPA’s mission is to unite Louisiana newspapers as a cooperative association which creates and fosters an economic, political, and legal environment where newspapers can compete and flourish as providers of information and information services. Each year the LPA honors the best journalism in Louisiana with its annual awards competition.