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Loyola University New Orleans Students Win Top Prizes from the Louisiana Press Association

Loyola press release - June 19, 2018

Loyola University New Orleans students serving as staff for the university’s 95-year-old student newspaper, The Maroon, took home a slew of awards from the Louisiana Press Association on Saturday, including 1st Place in General Excellence Newspaper category. Student submissions represented work conducted in 2017.

“I’m so very proud of our students and the faculty who have worked so diligently to ensure student success,” Sonya Duhé, director and journalism professor at Loyola’s award-winning School of Mass Communication, said following weekend wins. “The Maroon continues to outperform its peers again and again at both the local and national levels, demonstrating hard work, a commitment to excellence, and the time-tested value of a Loyola University New Orleans education.”

Fifty newspapers, publications, and college and university student newspapers submitted 1,391 entries for the Louisiana Press Association’s annual competition, judged this year by the Arkansas Press Association. Editorial contests ranged from news story writing to graphic design, while advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity, and effectiveness.

Other top prizes garnered by Loyola students included:

1st Place, Sidney Holmes, Best Feature Story

1st Place, Colleen Dulle and Haley Pegg, Best News Story

2nd Place, Colleen Dulle, Best News Story

3rd Place, Ryan Micklin, Best News Story

1st Place, Sean Brennan, Best Editorial

3rd Place, Nick Reimann, Best Editorial

1st Place, Brian Wollitz, Ryan Micklin, Best Sports Story

1st Place, JC Canicosa, Best Sports Column

1st Place, Natasha Dotiwala, Best Layout and Design

2nd Place, Haley Hynes, Best Layout and Design

3rd Place, Andrew Callaghan, Best Feature Photo

2nd Place, Loyola Maroon, Best Overall Website

1st Place, Daniella Garcia, Best News Video

2nd Place, Lester Duhé, Best News Video

Loyola University New Orleans photography and videography instructor David Grunfeld, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for “The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com,” earned Best Louisiana Associated Press Photo of the Year for a photograph of Robert Jones celebrating being exonerated after spending 23 years in prison.

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