'Lion's Roar' staff wins LPA awards
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – The staff of The Lion’s Roar, Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper, brought home eight awards from the Louisiana Press Association’s annual convention, held April 26 in Lafayette.
Staff member Jessica Fredrick of Hammond garnered a first place standing in the “Best Column” category, while graduate assistant Benjamin Kerr, also of Hammond, earned an honorable mention.
Photo Editor Allyson O'Keefe of New Orleans earned a second place award in the “Best General News or Feature Photo” category for her picture of the “Pilobolus” dance performance, which was part of the university’s Fanfare presentation in October. Staff member Zach Boudreaux of Walker also took a second place standing in the “Best Sports Story or Sports Feature” category for his article entitled “Lion’s Honor Currie” which ran in the Aug. 28 issue.
“I was very excited about our awards,” said Lion’s Roar Editor in Chief Tracy Valentine of Montpelier. “I have learned a great deal about what it takes to create award-winning articles and photos, so I know we can earn more in the future when we compete in next year’s LPA competition.”
Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind also earned several awards in the advertising section of the competition. Lind won a second place and an honorable mention in the “Black & White ½ Page or Under” category. He also won an additional second place and honorable mention standing in the “Color ½ Page or Under” category.
“Our students did very well this year,” said Lind. “I’m sure as this staff matures, they will only earn additional recognition for themselves and the university.”
Eighty-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 4,400 entries for judging in this year’s competition. Judging the competitors were members of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.
The Lion’s Roar has received both state and national recognition in the past several years, including a total of 23 awards from the LPA in the past four years.