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Students recognized in Columbia journalism competition

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Members of the student staff of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Office of Student Publications have received prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards for their work on the The Lion’s Roar student newspaper and Le Souvenir yearbook.

     The awards, presented at the association’s annual convention in New York City March 18-20, were selected from among 241 entries. The Gold Circle Awards recognize superior work by student journalists and are judged by a panel of experienced journalists and educators.

     “These students have showed continual improvement in their fields during the time they have been on staff,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “I am quite excited that their efforts have been rewarded with this kind of recognition. Their work is an example of what is possible when a desire to excel and a dedication to a craft are brought together in an environment that allows them to be expressive in showcasing the many facets of the university.”

     In student newspapers categories, Tim Mitchell of Abita Springs, a senior general studies major, won first place in the “Editorial Cartoons for Newspapers” category. Mitchell also received a third place certificate in the newspaper cartoon portfolio category for work appearing in The Lion’s Roar from November 2007 to October 2008.

     Sophomore marketing major April Henry of Lacombe, a former student staff member, received a third place certificate for her black and white single spot news photograph “Eating Contest,” which appeared in The Lion’s Roar.

     Senior visual arts major Patrick Costilow of Slidell was awarded certificates for his designs for the 2008 edition of Le Souvenir. Costilow received a second place certificate for his multi-page black and white academic spread featuring Fayard Hall and third place for a black and white division page design.

     The Columbia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1925 to help unite student editors and faculty advisors to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. The association is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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