Southeastern student newspaper honored with first-place award


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper The Lion’s Roar has been recognized with a first-place award in the 2018 American Scholastic Press Association’s newspaper competition in New York.
     The newspaper earned 895 total points out of a possible 1,000 in the competition and was noted by judges as “an excellent school newspaper which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, advertising/sales managers and advisor.”
     “I am extremely proud of the dedication and effort our students put into each article published,” said Dr. Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “On Southeastern’s campus the newspaper is the chronicle of our daily lives, an important channel for community discussion and information, and the learning laboratory for the development of superior journalistic skills. This recognition from the ASPA is an indicator of the success Southeastern students have achieved in those areas.”
     The Lion’s Roar publishes between 28 and 32 print issues per year and is augmented by daily updates and online content at The ASPA annual contest is also a review of publication quality, and The Lion’s Roar received a perfect score in the category of page design.
Editor-in-Chief Larshell Green, a senior communications major from Hammond, leads the staff of student reporters.
     “I am impressed and grateful for the honors that the staff and I have received for our work associated with The Lion’s Roar,” said Green. “With each assignment or task completed, I witnessed an expansion in the staff’s confidence and skills in creativity, journalism, photography, editing and communication. I couldn’t be more proud of the work that we have created together as a professional family. The legacy of the work that we have created will surpass our collegiate careers and leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of our readers.”
     The American Scholastic Press Association competition judges approximately 2,000 yearbooks, newspapers, and magazines annually from high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. The competition is in its 38th continuous year of operation.

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