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Press Club! Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication Celebrates Weekend Wins

Loyola press release - July 11, 2017

Loyola student journalists go head-to-head with professional journalists — and take home prizes alongside Loyola alumni

Student journalists and alumni of Loyola’s award-winning School of Mass Communication saw a host of weekend wins at the 59th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony hosted by The Press Club of New Orleans.

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

On Saturday, Loyola student journalists proudly took home seven Excellence in Journalism awards from The Press Club. The wins are especially dear, said Loyola Student Media adviser and instructor Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ’12. To achieve them, Loyola students competed against both fellow students and professional journalists.

“The Press Club of New Orleans’ annual Excellence in Journalism awards are special for us, because we don't compete in a college category,” Giusti said. “We're going up against the pros. I am so proud of our students and their accomplishments. I am also proud of our many alumni. Sitting side by side with them and cheering one another on during the awards presentation is a true thrill and opportunity for our students.”

Loyola’s 95-year-old student newspaper, The Maroon, brought home five prizes from the Press Club event, while Loyola Student News Service, launched in fall 2015 in partnership with The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, took home two. All of the prizes placed Loyola students among the top three in their respective categories. And alumni representing major news outlets in town received top honors.

Student journalists for Loyola News Service won two key prizes in the Community News – Print category, with stories they wrote for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times-Picayune.

· Dannielle Garcia won second second place for her Nola.com story, “Ben Franklin Elementary students make 'sweet' signs for Beignet Fest.”

· Loyola Student News Service staff won third place for their Nola.com story, “Treme Kids Learn Science, Math, Music and More from Church Program.”

Student journalists writing for The Maroon brought home the following awards:

· The Maroon staff won first place in the Headline – Print category for their story “Chemical Russian Roulette.”

· Anna Dobrowlski of The Maroon won second place in the Editorial Illustration / Cartoon – Print category for her story “Catfishing for Love.”

· Sean Brennan of The Maroon won second place in the Editorial-Print category for his editorial “Sanctuary Campuses: Where do we draw the line?”

· Gabe Garza of The Maroon won third place in the Sports Feature – Print category for his story “College Athletes Strive to Go Pro.”

· Nick Reimann of The Maroon won third place in the Breaking News – Print Reporting category for his story “Chaos Erupts as David Duke Debates at Dillard.

Alumni writing and reporting for major New Orleans news outlets took home a bevy of prizes. Winners include:

· Greg Buisson, owner of Buisson Creative Strategies, and his creative team won first place in the Media Relations /Owned: Social Media category for their social media campaign “Cold Off the Press,” second place in the Media Relations category for their work for Ben Zahn, Mayor of Kenner, third place in the Special Events – PR category for “Family Gras,” and second place for Media Relations: Owned Websites for the website “Uncle Sam Jam in Lafreniere Park.” They also won second and third place in the Community Relations – PR category for the Brother Martin: How to Make a Life campaign and the Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Annual Report.

· John Deveney, president of DEVENEY, and his creative team won second place in the Media Relations /Owned: Social Media category for their social media campaign “Bayou Rum Social Media” and third place in the Media Relations: Owned Websites category for the DEVENEY website. They also won first place in the Community Relations – PR category for the Dyno Nobel Waggaman Plant Opening and second place in the Overall Campaign – PR for their campaign “Emeril’s MERIL Restaurant Opens with a BAM!”

· Clancy DuBos, publisher of Gambit Weekly and a Loyola law graduate, won third place in the Government/Political Print Reporting category for his work “Louisiana’s hangover: Facing the Fiscal Mess.”

· Les East of Sports NOLA.com, who took home first place in the Sports Blog category

· WVUE-TV Evening News anchor Meg Gatto won first place in the Breaking News – TV Reporting category for her coverage, “18-Wheeler Crashes on Interstate” and second place in the Lifestyle – TV Reporting category for her piece titled “Music Lessons.” Together with news anchors Shelley Brown and Rob Masson, she won second place for her piece “Fox 8 Defenders: Home Squatters.”

· WDSU-TV Sports Columnist Fletcher Mackel, who won second place in the Sports Column – Print category for his sports column, WDSU TV Sports Columnist Fletcher Mackel, and third place in the Sports Feature – TV category for a story titled “Northshore Dog Sledding.” Fletcher Mackel also won first and third place in the Sports Special – TV category for his specials, the Saints 50th Anniversary Special, and Kentucky Derby Special. And he won third place in the Sportscast-TV category for his broadcast “Tigers Hope to Open Their Season in a Gouda Way (in Wisconsin)” together with Sharief Ishaq, and first place in the Lifestyle – TV Reporting category for his piece “Green Envy.”

· WDSU-TV investigative reporter Travers Mackel won second place in the Political / Governmental – TV Reporting category for his story on Municipal Court Safety, second place in the Investigative – TV Reporting category for his piece “Ticket Turmoil,” and first place in the Sports Feature – TV category for his piece “Gleason Puntaversary.” Travers Mackel also won first place in the Best Talent – TV category.

· Alumnus Bob Marshall of TheLensNOLA Coastal Restoration won second place in the Environment / Science – Print Reporting category for his work on Urban Water Management and third place for his work on Coastal Restoration

· WWL-TV executive producer Dominic Massa, who won second place in the Sports Special – TV category for his piece “Bless You Boys: 50 Years”

· WDSU-TV reporter Jaune Jackson won second place in the Best Newscast-TV category for her Alton Sterling Shooting Newscast.

Alex Woodward of Gambit Weekly, who won a first place award in the Critical Print Category for his piece “Home Again: The Cure Disintegrates New Orleans to begin U.S. Tour;” second place in the General News – Print Reporting category for his story “Protesters Hit with Pepper Spray at Dillard as David Duke Enters Senate Debate,” and third place in the Feature – Print Reporting category for his story “Sidney Torres: The Cleaner.”