The Gramblinite staff continued its award-winning ways this past weekend, placing in a number of categories at the Louisiana Press Association’s 125th annual convention held in Lafayette.
Gramblinite staffers claimed seven awards in the LPA’s student competition overall coming second only to Louisiana State University, which won 15. Next in line was McNeese University with six awards and Southeastern University with five.
Southern University came away from the competition with four and Louisiana Tech University captured three awards.
The Grambling State University student newspaper claimed three honorable mentions, one third place, and three second places.
Capturing second place in the “Best New Story or News Feature” division was Gramblinite sports editor Darryl D. Smith.
“This award only shows that hard work and determination continue to pay off,” said Smith, “Furthermore, this competition was a positive challenge for me as a future journalist,” said Jacobi Anderson, Gramblinite staff member and a third place winner in the “Best New Story or News Feature” category.
Walking away with the second place award for the “Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page,” were De’Eric Henry and Michael Grant, presentation and graphics/assistant photo editors respectively.
“I’m proud of what I do, and put my all into The Gramblinite,” said Grant.
“Second place is a mere incentive to continue the good work, and push for number one,” Grant added.
According to Henry, he’s elated about the awards.
“I think all of my hard work is finally paying off. This is the fifth accomplishment for me this semester as far as newspaper goes, and I don’t plan to stop there,” Henry said.
This year alone the Gramblinite has captured several other awards including “Best Weekly Student Newspaper,” awarded by the Black College Communications Association, as well as “Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper,” by the Society of Professional Journalist.”