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Win, win, win! The Maroon Takes Home Top Prizes from the Louisiana Press Association

Loyola press release - July 20, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans’ student-run newspaper wins big at 2017 Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspapers Competition

Loyola University New Orleans students writing for the university’s 95-year-old student newspaper, brought home a slew of prizes this month from the Louisiana Press Association. Student journalists won a total of 18 awards, 10 of which were first place awards. The wins included first place for general excellence, first place for best website, and first place for The Maroon’s new podcast, The Wolf of Loyno.

“Once again, this shows that the hard work put in by Loyola student journalists is recognized by the professional community,” said Michael Giusti, ’00, M.B.A. ’12, a journalism instructor and Student Media adviser for Loyola’s prize-winning student newspaper. “I am proud of our students, and they should be proud too.”

Awards were presented Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Mississippi Press Association/ Louisiana Press Association Joint Convention in Biloxi, Miss. Forty-seven newspapers, publications, and college, and university student newspapers submitted 2,408 entries to the editorial contests, which awarded first, second and third places in categories ranging from news story writing to graphic design, while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity, and effectiveness. The Texas Press Association judged the competition this year.

"Our journalism students continue to compete in local, regional, and national competitions and bring home top prizes, underscoring the value of a Loyola University New Orleans education," said Sonya Duhe, director of the School of Mass Communication. "I am so proud of these students and their many accomplishments."

The 18 awards received by Loyola student journalists from the Louisiana Press Association are:

General Excellence, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Starlight Williams and Colleen Dulle, The Maroon, 2017

Best Overall Website, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Nick Reimann and R. Gage Counts, The Maroon Online, 2017

Best Non-Video Element - News and Feature, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Danielle Garcia, The Wolf of Loyno, 2017

Best Feature Story, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Danielle Garcia, The Maroon, 2017

Best News Story, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Rachael Espaillat and Taylor Galmiche, The Maroon, 2017

Best Sports Story, Third Place, Louisiana Press Association, Mary Graci and Gabriel Garza, The Maroon, 2017

Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page, Second Place, Naasha Dotiwala and Anna Dobrowolski, The Maroon, 2017

Best News Photo, Second Place, Louisiana Press Association, Starlight Williams, The Maroon, 2017

Staff Generated Black and White Ad, Second Place, Louisiana Press Association, Staff, The Maroon, 2017

Staff Generated Color Ad, First Place, Louisiana Press Accusation, Staff, The Maroon, 2017

Staff Generated Color Ad, Second Place, Louisiana Press Association, Staff, The Maroon, 2017

Staff Generated Color Ad, Third Place, Louisiana Press Association, Staff, The Maroon, 2017

Best Video Element - News and Feature, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Gabriel Garza, The Maroon Online, 2017

Best Video Element - News and Feature, Second Place, Louisiana Press Association, Mark Robinson, The Maroon Online, 2017

Best Video Element - News and Feature, Third Place, Louisiana Press Association, Rachael Espailliat, The Maroon Online, 2017

Best Online Advertisement - Single Ad, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Staff, The Maroon Online, 2017

Best Online Advertisement - Campaign, First Place, Louisiana Press Association, Staff, The Maroon Online, 2017

This month's prizes from the Louisiana Press Association brings The Maroon's total number of awards won during the 2016-2017 academic year to 70 prizes, marking The Maroon's second highest number of awards in the newspaper's history.

Two years ago, during the 2014-2015 academic year, Loyola's School of Mass Communication experienced a record-breaking year, in which the school garnered a whopping 93 awards, 84 of which were won by student journalists writing for The Maroon. That year, The Maroon was named among the nation's Top College Newspapers by The Princeton Review and The Maroon took home from the Collegiate Press Association a national Pacemaker Award, considered "the Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism."