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Loyola University New Orleans Students Receive National Awards from the Catholic Press Association

Loyola press release - June 24, 2017

Six Loyola University New Orleans journalism students writing for the university’s award-winning 94-year-old student newspaper, The Maroon, received seven national awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada on Friday. Winners of the 2017 CPA Student Awards program were announced on Friday, June 23 at the annual Catholic Media Conference, held this year in Quebec.

Colleen Dulle, A’17, won the top prize in the Catholicism category for her coverage of the Jesuit Superior General Election. She also won honorable mention in the same category for another piece covering the Superior General election results.

Rachael Espaillat, A’16, won the top prize in the Video Journalism category for her coverage of the opioid epidemic with a story detailing how heroin deaths in New Orleans were likely to outpace murder deaths.

Emily Branan, A’16, won the top prize in the News Writing category for her story detailing one man’s struggle recovering from heroin addiction.

Anna Dobrowolski, Senior, won second place in the Graphic Art or Photograph category for a hand-drawn illustration.

Mark T. Robinson, A’16, won honorable mention in the online multimedia category for his coverage of an unfolding flood effecting a neighborhood in Slidell, La.

“The work of these young communication professionals shows that the time-honored ethics and standards of good journalism are being taught in our Catholic universities today," said CPA President Matt Schiller, business manager for Catholic New York newspaper, in announcing the winners. “We are proud of their accomplishment and delighted to spotlight their good work and the universities that are helping them become the next generation of journalists and communication professionals.”

“These awards are quite an honor, and they show the thoughtful and meaningful work being produced by our students,” said Michael Giusti, ’00, M.B.A. ’10, journalism instructor and adviser to The Maroon.

“These hard-won national awards are a reflection of both our students’ skills and talent, and our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university,” added Sonya Duhé, director of Loyola’s award-winning School of Mass Communication. “Again and again, Loyola journalism students are competing nationwide and bringing home top prizes. These awards are yet another testament of the excellence happening here at Loyola and in our school.”

More than 2,000 individual awards were submitted for the competition, which was open to any student enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited university while the work was created.

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada serves the professional development and spiritual growth of its members. Its 225 member publications have a combined print circulation of approximately 10 million subscribers, with many more accessing content through digital channels.