ROCKTON -- Rockton native Lucy Dieckhaus was named among the top 10 college reporters in the nation this month. She is a finalist for “Story of the Year” from the Associated Collegiate Press for her coverage last year of the Student Government Association featured in The Maroon, the Loyola University New Orleans student newspaper.
Dieckhaus, a junior in the Loyola School of Mass Communication and the current news editor of The Maroon, is recognized along with students from large journalism schools including University of California Los Angeles, Indiana University, Louisiana State University, Fordham University, Syracuse University and Virginia Tech.
“Loyola journalism students like Lucy compete well on a national stage,” said Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., Loyola professor and director of the School of Mass Communication. “We've got a dynamic Mass Communication program and we're extremely proud of Lucy and the entire Maroon team.”
Dieckhaus, who hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism after graduation, credits her education with helping her blossom as a standout reporter. “Loyola’s sense of community has created an atmosphere for me that has been vital in the positive progression of my journalism skills,” the native of Rockton, Ill., said. “I would not be the journalist I am today if I had not stepped into The Maroon newsroom two years ago.”
The latest accolade caps the end of a successful awards season for Loyola’s Student Media. In all, students brought home 16 awards from regional and national press organizations this year.
“This is a terrific honor and the second time in two years that a Maroon reporter has been recognized as a ‘Story of the Year’ finalist,” said Michael Giusti ‘00, M.B.A. ‘12, journalism instructor and Student Media adviser.