ASPA Awards The Flyer Newspaper 1st for General Excellence

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ASPA Awards The Flyer Newspaper First Place for General Excellence

Published: May 7, 2018.

The print edition of the Lewis University’s student-run newspaper, The Flyer, was recognized by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) with a first-place award for general excellence.

The Flyer editors earned the award in the “Colleges/Universities Enrollment of 2,501+ Students” category. The publication was judged by educators who evaluated the writing, content, layout, design and photography of two complete issues. Student editors’ efforts were evaluated in six categories: content, page design, general plan, artwork/illustrations, editing and creativity.

ASPA judges commended the Lewis University student editors for their efforts. “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, designers, advertising manager and advisor,” said the ASPA judges in their letter to the newspaper staff.

Competing newspapers were evaluated on a rubric totaling 1,000 possible points. The Flyer earned a perfect score in the page design category and near perfect scores in the content, artwork/illustrations and creativity categories.

“Our student editors commit themselves to creating a publication that serves as a voice for fellow students,” said Lisa O’Toole, adviser to the print edition and assistant professor of communication. “This award is affirmation for the editors as they complete another academic year of quality publishing.”

Including this award, The Flyer earned a total of seven awards this academic year from national organizations.

The Flyer reports news and provides a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to the Lewis University community through a biweekly print edition and an online counterpart Its 2017-2018 editorial staff consisted of 21 students from a variety of academic majors who publish the newspaper in a manner consistent with the Lasallian mission of the university and the accepted norms of American journalism.

Spring 2018 staff members for The Flyer are Erin Patrick of Joliet, Jake Johnson of Chicago, Elizabeth Hyland of Plainfield, Derek Swanson of Plainfield, Samantha Carlson of Lockport, Andrew Munoz of Lemont, Efua Richardson of Midlothian, Brianna Bell of Elwood, Jesse Drake of Goshen, Ind., Zack Hernandez of Homer Glen, Victoria Foster pf Munster, Ind., Michael Lane of Oak Forest, Cindy Freeman of Chicago, Jake Volk of Geneva, Kayla Chambers of Romeoville, Meaghan Glavac of Plainfield, Kamila Rincon of Bolingbrook, David Olsen of Plainfield, Andrea Jauregui of Joliet, Ashley LaFayette of Normal and Noah Slowik of Joliet.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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