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Southeastern's 'Lion's Roar' wins four LPA awards

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The staff of “The Lion’s Roar,” Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper, brought home four awards from the Louisiana Press Association Convention held in New Orleans on April 14.

     “The Lion’s Roar,” edited by Lorraine Favre, a graduate student from Baton Rouge, earned an honorable mention in the “General Excellence” category for the second year in a row. Judges complemented the overall design and effort of the student staff saying, the newspaper was, “One of the only entrants that read cover to cover like a community newspaper. A great product and deserving of recognition.”

     “The goal of ‘The Lion’s Roar’ is to inform the Southeastern community of current events and issues pertaining to the university,” said Favre. “Being recognized in the General Excellence division shows me that we, the staff, are achieving our goals.”

     Student newspapers from Louisiana State University, Southern University and Loyola University earned first, second and third place standings respectively.

     Senior staff photographer Ally O’Keefe, a graduate student from New Orleans, garnered a third place award in the “Best General News Photo or Feature Photo” category. Her photo of a Southeastern student accompanied a story about Freshman Frenzy, Southeastern’s version of freshman convocation.

     “It is an honor to be recognized by the LPA,” said O’Keefe. “Working for ‘The Lion’s Roar’ has taught me a great deal, not only about photography, but about publishing as a whole. It is a privilege to be part of such a dedicated, hard-working team.”

     Coordinator for the Office of Student Publications Lee E. Lind also won awards in two categories. Lind and student Tim Mitchell, a junior from Abita Springs, teamed up to create a series of Valentine’s Day ads which won first place in the “Advertising Idea or Promotion” category. The ads were designed by Lind and illustrated with artwork by Mitchell. Lind also placed second in the advertising “Black & White Over ½ Page” category for an ad he created for Recreational Sports and Wellness.

     “These latest awards show that a group of dedicated students with varying backgrounds can work together to produce a continual body of excellent work,” said Director of Student Publications Matt Tarver. “I am proud of their accomplishments and the way our student staff works together. Seeing how many hours our students put into the production of the newspaper each week, it's good to know that this effort is appreciated statewide just as the paper is valued by the students, staff and faculty of Southeastern.”

     Eighty-three newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 4,400 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 a total of 15 awards from the LPA in three years.

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