LSU’s Student Paper Named Nation’s Best by Society of Professional Journalists

05/01/2013 04:16 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, has been honored as the nation’s best all-around student newspaper by the Society of Professional Journalists at its recent Mark of Excellence, or MOE, Awards banquet in Indianapolis.


In addition to the overall award, the Reveille took home the following honors:

  • Luke Johnson, a December, 2012 graduate from Lake Mills, Wisc., was honored as a national finalist for both sports column writing and sports writing.
  • Gordon Brillon, a junior from Lincoln, R.I., was honored as a finalist in general column writing.


The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. The award winners are chosen from the first-place category winners in each of the society’s 12 regions, and the awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Lists of regional winners can be found at


“We’re extremely proud of the entire Reveille staff,” said Bob Ritter, director of Student Media.  “This award exemplifies Student Media’s commitment to providing high quality journalism for the university community. It’s all about consistency, creativity and resilience. The Mark of Excellence Award is the equivalent of the national championship in college journalism.”


The 2012 contest received more than 4,600 entries. Links to the winning selections are available at The society will recognize first-place national winners at the Student Union event at Excellence in Journalism 2013 in Southern California, Aug. 24-26.


The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.


School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students, medium have 9,999 to 5,001 students and small have fewer than 5,000 students.


Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about the society, please visit


For more information on the Daily Reveille, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013