News Release

'The Lion's Roar' wins 2006 Louisiana Press Association awards

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The staff of The Lion's Roar, Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper, brought home two awards from the 126th Annual Louisiana Press Association convention held in Baton Rouge in May.

     The Lion's Roar, edited by graduate student Lorraine Favre of Baton Rouge, garnered an honorable mention in the "General Excellence" category. Student papers from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University and Southern University placed first, second and third respectively.

     “This award is definitely an honor for The Lion's Roar,” said Favre. "Being able to produce a newspaper just a few days after Hurricane Katrina came ashore showed me the dedication that our staff and the Office of Student Publications have for the students, faculty and staff of Southeastern. The ability to have a paper on the stands for the students when they returned to campus, to me, provided a sense of normalcy, a sense that southeast Louisiana has the ability to get back on it’s feet. I think that the honorable mention award that we received at the LPA convention helps prove our dedication to excellence for The Lion's Roar.”

     Coordinator for the Office of Student Publications Lee E. Lind earned a first place award in the "Advertising Idea or Campaign" category for advertising sponsorships featured in The Lion's Roar.

     “Being recognized by the LPA for the hard work we have done this year is a great honor," said Lind. "Although Katrina brought us uncertainty, having our student staff, our advertisers and our community partners show that nothing would keep them from enduring, and printing a paper, is something I'm proud to have been part of.”

     Lind placed second in the same category in last year's LPA Awards.

     “The diverse group of students who make up our staff continue to impress me each year,” said Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications. “They meld different backgrounds, interests and talents to represent the 16,000 plus students on campus. Even in a most trying and difficult year, their commitment, diligence and selflessness enabled them to be successful and bring state-wide recognition to Southeastern.”

     Eighty-four newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 4,700 entries for judging in this year's competition.

     The Lion's Roar has received both state and national recognition during the past several years, including nine awards at last year's LPA convention.

More News...