The Flyer wins first in national competition

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American Scholastic Press Association awards first place to The Flyer student newspaper

Published: April 20, 2012.

For the third consecutive year, the print student newspaper of Lewis University, The Flyer, has earned a First Place award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The College Point, NY academic organization reviewed complete issues of the 2011 – 2012 publication critiquing content, creativity, page design, artwork, editing and the general plan of the biweekly publication. Then judges allocated points and completed a rubric designed to gauge quality of these specific areas.

The Flyer earned the maximum allotted points in the content, editing and creativity categories. In total, The Flyer accrued 935 out of a possible 1,000 points.

“Our student journalists work with diligence and pride to publish a quality newspaper,” said Lisa O’Toole, assistant professor of communications and adviser of the student publication. “This award is further documentation of their commitment to journalism and the community they serve.”

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 Its editorial staff is comprised 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 members of the print edition of The Flyer are: Jennifer Prokop; print editor-in-chief, Lauren Pirc; news editor, Katie Esposito; assistant news editor, Kevin Meyer; tempo editor, Anthony Lyen; assistant tempo editor, Ross Reed; health editor, Alex Veeneman; opinions editor, Krystel Moran; assistant opinions editor, Alex Gasick; sports editor, Kevin Ryan; assistant sports editor, Angela Cotta; religion editor, Rachel Stella and Liana Vantrease; copy editors, Kendra Mills; photo editor, Julie Szamlewski and Sean O’Halleran; layout editors, Darcy Garrett; public relations board editor, and Lauren Nieminski; advertising manager.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 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 intellectually engaged, 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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