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Loyola University journalism students receive seven Excellence in Journalism awards from the Press Club of New Orleans

Loyola press release - July 11, 2016

Loyola University student journalists competed side by side with New Orleans media professionals.

Students within Loyola University New Orleans’ esteemed School of Mass Communication program brought home seven major awards from the 58th Annual Press Club of New Orleans’ Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala this weekend. Honor recipients were announced Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.

Students from Loyola University New Orleans’ 93-year-old student newspaper, The Maroon, as well as a student from Loyola Student News Service collected accolades recognizing headlines, editorial illustrations, use of social media, photography, community news and more. The Excellence in Journalism awards were selected from local print, broadcast and public relations organizations, including both university and professional outlets.

“The wins, which included four first place awards, are especially dear,” said journalism instructor and Loyola Student Media adviser, Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12. “To achieve these recognitions, Loyola students competed against both fellow college students as well as professional journalists.”

“I’m so very proud of our students and the faculty who have worked diligently to ensure student success,” Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., director and professor at Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, said following this weekend’s recognitions. “This is once again a testament to our commitment to excellence in the School of Mass Communication at Loyola New Orleans.”

Student winners included:
Best Headline: Loyola Maroon, first prize
Best Editorial/Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award: Lauren Stroh, Loyola Maroon, first prize
Best Editorial Illustration: Naasha Dotlwala, Loyola Maroon, first prize
Best Use of Facebook: Lester Duhé, Loyola Maroon, first prize
Feature Photography: Zach Brien, Loyola Maroon, third prize
Cover: Karla Rosas, Loyola Maroon, third prize
Community News: Zayn Abidin, The Loyola Student News Service, third prize

In addition, Loyola journalism student Nicholas Reimann was one of two students to receive a competitive $2,500 Press Club Scholarship.

Loyola University New Orleans alumni winners included:
Greg Buisson
Fletcher Mackel, WDSU-TV
Dominic Massa, WWL-TV
Travers Mackel, WDSU-TV
Ramon Vargas, The New Orleans Advocate
Bob Marshall, The Weather Channel.com
Les Easte, the Baton Rouge Advocate
John Deveney, Deveney Communication
Bill Capo, WWL-TV (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Loyola journalism students continue a prize-winning tradition with 49 awards earned to date for the 2015-2016 academic year, more than 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 Press Club of New Orleans exists to help colleagues in communications fields keep up with the latest inside information, to ensure that its members reach their career potential through professional development, and to simply enjoy good times. The club’s 200 members represent every level of their fields. The Press Club of New Orleans’ activities include the professional, educational and social.