Southeastern Lion's Roar editor earns top award

Monday, July 18, 2016 Megan Ferrando
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – The editor of Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper, “The Lion’s Roar,” was recently honored with a first place award in the College News Bureau category by the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Conference.
     Megan Ferrando, a senior English Education major from Mandeville, was recognized for her coverage of the earthquakes that struck the nation of Nepal in April 2015. Her reporting focused on the effects the disaster had on the Nepalese student population at Southeastern, one of the largest groups of foreign students enrolled at the university.
     “As soon as word of the earthquake in Nepal spread, Southeastern became closer than ever as students and staff joined together to raise money,” she said. “I talked to many Southeastern students from Nepal to learn about their response after hearing of the earthquake and how the Southeastern community helped raise funds. I was reminded of what a family the Southeastern community is.”
     While currently serving as editor in chief at “The Lion’s Roar,” she will be leaving the position in the fall when she begins her student teaching in Mandeville.
     “One of Megan’s greatest abilities as a journalist is in presenting stories that connect with people on a human level,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “It has been a privilege to aid her in growing as a journalist and student leader.”

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