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ULM’s Hawkeye student newspaper wins ‘Best College Newspaper’

Published Feb 19, 2019

The University of Louisiana Monroe’s student-run newspaper, the Hawkeye, was awarded first-place in “Best College Newspaper” and third-place for the “Best College Website” at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), “Best of the South 2018.”

In 2017, the Hawkeye won eighth-place for Best Newspaper and seventh-place for Best Website at SEJC.

"Hearing the Hawkeye's name announced as the number one college newspaper was one of the most gratifying experiences I've had since I started working at Student Publications,” said Ethan Dennis, 2018 editor-in-chief and 2019 co-managing editor.  

“We were able to place first among more than 30 other institutions in the southeast,” said Sisam Shrestha, Hawkeye editor-in-chief. “This win wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and support from each one of our staff, student writers and readers.”

The conference featured more than 400 entries from more than 30 institutions,including the University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, University of Memphis and many other private and public schools from seven states, with 10 schools representing Louisiana alone.

For Shresta, Dennis, and the rest of the Hawkeye staff, these achievements did not come easy. It meant countless hours at ULM events, 12-hour Saturday shifts, and weekend deadlines. 

“ULM has the hardest-working students in college media,” said Dr. Christopher Mapp, Director of Student Publications. “The Hawkeye staff strives to put out the best product it can for its readers. The students take a lot of pride in their work, and now they can take pride in this first-place award, too. They’ve earned it.”

Pictured from left to right in the standing picture are Kaitlin Maness, Alfonzo Galvan, Ethan Dennis, Sisam Shrestha and Ashlyn Dupree. Photo courtesy of ULM Hawkeye

The SEJC conference was hosted at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on February 15, 2019.

In March, members of the Hawkeye staff will travel to New York City to compete in the College Media Association’s nationwide competition.


About the Hawkeye:

Formerly known as ‘The PowWow,’ The Hawkeye is a weekly student-run, student-funded newspaper, a division of ULM Student Publications.  For more information, please see www.ULMHawkeyeonline.com