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Maroon staffers honored by Society of Professional Journalists

Four staffers of The Maroon, Loyola University New Orleans' student newspaper, received regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards. The awards, which honor the best in student journalism, are first judged regionally, and first-place winning entries are submitted to the SPJ national competition. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis.

Regional winners include:

  • Jessica Williams, first place, General News Reporting for “WFF pay ‘just isn’t enough’”
  • Katie Urbaszewski, first place, Online News Reporting for “Center for Intercultural Understanding plans finalized”
  • Rachel Strassel, first place, Feature Photography for “The start of something new”
  • Rachel Strassel, second place, Feature Photography for “Mardi Gras Indians perform”
  • Kevin Zansler, second place, General News Photography for “Into the streets”

For more information on The Maroon, contact Michael Giusti at 504-865-3295 or by e-mail at