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Loyola Student Journalists Bring Home Slew of LPA Awards

By Loyola University on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:18

The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans' 97-year-old student newspaper, won big in the Louisiana Press Association's Better Newspaper Competition for 2020. Student journalists took home 23 awards, including 12 top prizes in their category. The Maroon was named "Newspaper of the Year" in the Collegiate Division. 

"I could not be more proud of the brilliant journalists we have the privilege of teaching, and from whom we learn," said Loyola President Tania Tetlow. "Their work is remarkable."

Top prizes won by Loyola student journalists include:

First Place, General Excellence, Erin Snodgrass
First Place, Best Overall Website, Erin Snodgrass and Cristo Dulom
First Place, Best Front Page, Erin Snodgrass and Rose Wagner for their provost vacancy issue
First Place, Best Headlines, Erin Snodgrass and Rose Wagner for their “Learning to Concentrate,” “Faking it,” and “Empty Seat” headlines
First Place, Best Breaking News Story, Lili Cummings, for her Hard Rock story
Second Place, Best Breaking News Story, Erin Snodgrass, for her Sexual Assault - Third Incident story
First Place, Best Feature Story, Rose Wagner, for her Learning to Concentrate story
Second Place, Best Feature Story, Rose Wagner, for her Tulane Marching Band story
Third Place, Best Feature Story, Erin Snodgrass, for her Fake ID story
First Place, Best News Story, India Yarborough, for her Gambling Addiction story
Second Place, Best News Story, Erin Snodgrass, for her Filming gunshots story
First Place, Best Editorial, staff, for the “One of Us”  editorial
First Place, Best News Photo, Andres Fuentes, for his crane demolition photo
Second Place, Best News Photo, Andres Fuentes, for his Rex Mansion Fire photo
Third Place, Best News Photo, Alexandria Whitten, for his Flood photo
First Place, Best Feature Photo, Andres Fuentes, for his Running of the Bulls photo
Second Place, Best Feature Photo, Michal Bauer, for his Zombie bride photo
First Place, Best Photo Package, Andres Fuentes, for the Slave Revolt package
Second Place, Best Photo Package, Andres Fuentes, for the Running of the Bulls package
Third Place, Best Photo Package, Andres Fuentes, for the Bonfires package
First Place, Best News Video, Jade Myers, for her Water Main Break package
Second Place, Best News Video, Lily Cummings, for her Hard Rock Collapse Vigil package
Third Place, Best News Video, Tess Rowland, for her bicyclist package

"These awards validate the hard work our students are doing to produce excellent work in multiple formats," said Lisa Collins, interim director of the School of Communication and Design. "These journalists cover a range of issues and provide in-depth reporting with important context. They're not just writing articles, they're using technology to reach new audiences. Our students are reporting on breaking news, whether it's near campus or in downtown New Orleans. They're covering big stories that impact their fellow students, as well as south Louisiana. They're digging deep to expose societal problems and highlight communities that otherwise might go uncovered.

"There is no news town like New Orleans, where one day you could cover a major fire at a historic mansion in the Garden District, and the next be in the French Quarter photographing a modernized version of the Running of the Bulls," she added. "Our students don't do their reporting in a lab - they go out into the streets and cover New Orleans, with all its flaws and festivals, and everything in between."

"The work our students produce is second to none and it is changing the world," said Michael Giusti, chair of Loyola's award-winning journalism department and advisor to The Maroon. "Because of the stories they create, Loyola, New Orleans, and the world are becoming a better place."