The Flyer print wins first place in national competition

Lewis University student newspaper wins first place in national competition again

Published: May 17, 2011.

The print student newspaper of Lewis University, The Flyer, has earned a First Place award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The 2011 award marks the second consecutive year that the newspaper’s editorial board has been recognized for their outstanding efforts by the College Point, N.Y., education organization.

According to the American Scholastic Press Association, Lewis University publishes “an excellent school newspaper” as demonstrated by the “creativity and journalistic knowledge of its editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout designers and adviser.” Judges completed their assessment of the newspaper by thoroughly reviewing complete issues of the 2010 – 2011 biweekly publication. They evaluated various news, sports and religion articles as well as opinion pieces, page layouts, graphic elements and editing methods. Points were allocated in the various competition categories based on the judges’ assessment. In the content and editing categories, The Flyer earned the maximum allotted points. In total, The Flyer accrued 935 out of a possible 1,000 points.

“Our student journalists are deserving of this recognition,” said Lisa O’Toole, assistant professor of communications and adviser of the student publication. “Their hard work and commitment to quality journalism has been evident in every issue published this academic year.”

The Flyer reports news and provides a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to the Lewis University community through a biweekly print medium and its online counterpart www.thelewisflyer.com. Its editorial staff consists of 17 students from a variety of academic majors who publish the newspaper in a manner consistent with the Lasallian mission of Lewis University and the accepted norms of American journalism.

Current staff members include Carlo Calma of Romeoville, Lyndsey Powers of Evergreen Park, Hayley Smorczeski of Lockport, Lauren Pirc of Plainfield, James Poellnitz of Chicago, Mary Egan of Orland Park, Jennifer Prokop of Mokena, Kevin Meyer of McHenry, Kelley Manges of Bolingbrook, Kari Hart of Joliet, Jason Beneventi of Orland Park, Alex Gasick of Woodridge, Melissa Cortez of Chicago, Sal Ursino of Park Ridge, Julie Szamlewski of Lakemoor, Sarah Griffith of Rockford, James Putong of Bolingbrook, and adviser Lisa O’Toole of Orland Park.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.



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