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The Lion's Roar

The Official Student News Media of Southeastern Louisiana University

The Lion's Roar

The Official Student News Media of Southeastern Louisiana University

The Lion's Roar

The Lion’s Roar wins Louisiana Press Association awards

 

Chloe Williams’ photo from her feature article on a student balancing life as a tattoo apprentice won 1st Best Feature Photo. (Chloe Williams )
Haley Dupre’s football photo from their game against the University of Incarnate Word won 2nd Best Sports Photo. (Haley Dupre )
Symiah Dorsey’s action-packed photo from a football game against Texas A&M Commerce that won 1st Best Sports Photo. (Symiah Dorsey )
Haley Dupre’s capture of a tackle in action from a game against Texas A&M Commerce won 3rd Best Sports Photo. (Haley Dupre )
Symiah Dorsey won 2nd Best Feature Photo from her picture of ’22-’23 SGA President Baleigh Picou and her service dog Bruno. (Symiah Dorsey )

The student staff of The Lion’s Roar, Southeastern Louisiana University’s student-run digital news outlet, received 13 awards from the 2022 Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition.

The Lion’s Roar, edited by Chloe Williams, a senior English major from Hammond, LA, garnered second-place accolades in the “Best Overall Website” category within the College Division of the competition. 

Several student staff were also honored with accolades for their work in news writing, sports writing, photography, and headline writing. Austin O’Brien, a graduate student and former Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Lion’s Roar from Marrero, LA, and Hydee Holsapple, a junior biological sciences major from Hammond, both received second-place recognition in the “Best Breaking News Story” category for their coverage of the on-campus shooting that occurred in May of 2022. Chase Gispert, a senior communication major from Mandeville, La, took first and second place in the “Best Sports Story” category for his stories featuring Southeastern’s Southland Conference title win for football and former student-athletes. O’Brien also received a third-place award for “Best News Story” for his coverage of the overturn of Roe v Wade and what that means for Louisianans. 

“I am beyond thrilled at the announcement of The Lion’s Roar’s 13 awards that we received. This department has meant so much to me since I joined in the Spring of 2021, and it is so rewarding to see my and my fellow peers’ work pay off and be recognized. I couldn’t ask for a better staff to be a part of, and I can’t wait to see us succeed again next year,” Chloe Williams said.

Several additional staff reporters also earned individual awards from the competition. Williams took first place in the “Best Feature Photo” category. In contrast, Haley Dupre, a senior sports communication major from Donaldsonville, took second and third place in the “Best Sports Photo” category. Kennith Woods, a sophomore communication major from St. Amant, LA, was awarded first place for his work in the “Best Headline” competition category. Symiah Dorsey, a recent graduate from La Place, LA, received recognition for her work in the “Best Feature Story,” “Best Feature Photo,” and “Best Sports Photo” categories. 

“Having the work of the staff be acknowledged by such a long-standing institution such as Louisiana Press Association is a source of pride. The Lion’s Roar staff work hard to provide quality news and information to the Southeastern and surrounding community. To have their efforts recognized in this way in invaluable for their continued success as student journalists and Southeastern students,” Coordinator for Student Publications Lorraine Peppo said. 

Thirty LPA member publications and college and university student newspapers submitted 830 entries for the Better Newspaper Competition. The MDDC Press Association, representing Maryland, Delaware and the DC area, judged the competition. 

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Chloe Williams, Editor-in-Chief
Chloe Williams is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and minors in communication and theater. She hopes to become a newspaper reporter who will be able to write and travel for the news and spread the voice of the people. You can find her anywhere that contains a stage, hanging out and eating with her friends on campus or taking a nap when she gets the chance.
Haley Dupre, Photography Editor
Haley Dupre' is a sports communication major from Donaldsonville. She joined our team in Oct. 2021 as a reporter. In addition to her contributions to Student Publications, Haley actively participates in managing SLU Track and Field's social media channels. With her passion for capturing photos, she aspires to build a career in sports photography.
Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter
Symiah Dorsey is a communication major from Laplace and serves as Editor-in-Chief. Raised in Europe, Symiah is an avid lover of languages, traveling and cultural studies. After beginning to work for The Lion’s Roar in fall 2019, Symiah has aimed to give all students a voice. 
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