Awards & Honors

lmu student media awards honors

The Los Angeles Loyolan

2015-16

  • The Los Angeles Loyolan won the prestigious Gold Crown presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for print and digital news. The Loyolan was one of three student media outlets nationwide to receive the hybrid news Gold Crown, which is based on based on excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. The Gold Crown is the Loyolan’s second in its history and its first in the hybrid news category. The Loyolan won a Gold Crown for digital journalism in 2012 and a Silver Crown for digital journalism in 2010. The Tower yearbook also won a Gold Crown for its 2015 yearbook, making LMU the only university in the nation to have both its student-run newspaper and student-run yearbook win Gold Crowns in 2016.
  • The Los Angeles Loyolan won the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Award for Best Multimedia Feature Story. The Loyolan was honored for its 24 Hours @ LMU feature, which tracks life on campus during a 24-hour period via an interactive website that combines short-form narrative with vivid photography and video clips that capture the essence of LMU.
  • CMA's Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work by college students at media outlets.
  • The Loyolan won two first-place Best of Show awards at the Associated College Press Spring National Journalism Conference:
    • First place, Multimedia Package, https://storify.com/loyolan/concerns-over-race-at-lmu
    • First place (tie), Special Edition, Homelessness
    • The Loyolan won several awards from the California College Media Association, including first place for Best Special Section for its in-depth coverage of sexual assault last April. Loyolan winners were:
    • First Place, Best Special Issue/Section (Weekly), Sexual Assault
    • Second Place, Best Online Campaign
    • Second Place, Best Color Advertisement
    • Second Place, Best Ad Campaign
    • Third Place, Best B&W Advertisement
    • Third Place, Best Use of Social Media, Concerns Over Race at LMU
    • Third Place, Best Website
    • Third Place, Best Photo Illustration
    • Honorable Mention, Best News Series, Water Bottle Controversy
  • One Loyolan student placed first in the 32nd annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards. Loyolan winners were:
    • First place, Sports commentary: Andrew Rezk, “Why I’m Proud to be a Losing Lion”
    • Second place, Art/illustration: Hand-drawn, Ellen Czinski and Hannah Kim, “Sexual Assault”
    • Third place, First person experience, Chelsea Chenelle, “It Happens Here: An Open Letter”
  • Loyolan photographer Sophie Broide won first-place for Feature Photograph in the four-year college division of the California Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Loyolan also won second place in the online presence category of the awards.

2014-15

• The Los Angeles Loyolan was named finalists by the Associated College Press for ACP’s prestigious Pacemaker Awards. The awards are presented in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by college publications. The Loyolan was a finalist for the 2014 online news Pacemaker for the second straight year.

2013-14

  • The Loyolan won a 2014 Newspaper Pacemaker award for exceptional college journalism. Presented by the Associated College Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college newspaper, the Pacemaker is considered by many to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of college journalism.
  • The Loyolan won a Silver Crown, presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, for its online coverage. The honor is one of eight awarded to college newspapers nationwide for website excellence.

2011-12

  • The Loyolan won a Gold Crown, presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, for its online coverage. The honor is one of eight awarded to college newspapers nationwide for website excellence. This marks the first time in the Loyolan’s history that it has won a Gold Crown for its website.

2010-11

  • The Loyolan won a 2011 Newspaper Pacemaker award for exceptional college journalism. Presented by the Associated College Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college newspaper, the Pacemaker is considered by many to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of college journalism.
  • College Media Advisers presented the Loyolan with its prestigious Apple Award. The Apple Award is given each year to the best college paper in the nation in several categories. The Loyolan won as the Best Four-Year Non-Daily Tabloid-size college paper in the nation. This marks the second time in its history that the Loyolan has won the Apple Award (which was also won in 2004-05).
  • Loyolan editor in chief Jose Martinez was named College Journalist of the Year by the Society of Collegiate Journalists. This is a national award and the first time that a Loyola Marymount University student has received the honor.

2009-10

  • The Loyolan was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Pacemaker award, which is considered by many to be the most prestigious award in collegiate journalism.

2008-09

  • The Loyolan’s Web site was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Online Pacemaker award by Associated Collegiate Press.

2007-08

  • The Loyolan won a 2007 Newspaper Pacemaker award for exceptional college journalism. Presented by the Associated College Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college newspaper, the Pacemaker is considered by many to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of college journalism.

2005-06

  • The Loyolan was selected as a finalist for the 2005 Pacemaker award, which is considered by many to be the most prestigious award in collegiate journalism.

2004-05

  • College Media Advisers presented the Loyolan with its prestigious Apple Award. The Apple Award is given each year to the best college paper in the nation in several categories. The Loyolan won as the Best Four-Year Non-Daily Tabloid-size college paper in the nation.

ROAR Studios

2015-16

  • 2016 Association of Higher Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA) Student Production Awards
    • First Prize, Original Short Film/Music Video: Liz Archer, Director; "Idaho James and the Haul to UHall"
    • Honorable Mention, Original Short Film/Music Video: Diona Okunbo, Director; "The Coughing Dead"

2014-15

  • 2015 Association of Higher Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA) Student Production Awards
    • First Prize, News/Sports Feature: Audrey Liviakis, Director; "Behind the Scoreboard: Errol Smith"
    • First Prize, Original Short Film/Music Video: Ryan Pawlak, Director; "Geeks and Greeks"
    • Grand Prize, AHECTA SPA Grand Prize: Brennan Gilpatrick, Director; "A Tale of Rancid Love"
  • 2015 College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Awards
    • Best Video Vodcast: Audrey Liviakis, Director; "Behind the Scoreboard: Errol Smith"
    • Finalist, Best Video Comedy: Ryan Pawlak, Director; "Geeks and Greeks"

2012-2013

  • 2013 Broadcast Education Association Festival (BEA) of Media Arts presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
  • Promotional Video Category
    • SECOND PLACE: Christian Armada, ROAR Network; “The Learning Community (TLC) Documentary”
    • THIRD PLACE: Mike Schafernak, ROAR Network; “Inside the Mayor's Office: LA on Track”
  • 2012 Pinnacle Awards presented by College Media Association
    • BEST VIRAL VIDEO: Michael Lange, ROAR Network/Navy Seals of Comedy; "Dramatic Interpretations of Facebook"
  • Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
    • FIRST PLACE: Christian Armada, ROAR Network; “TLC (The Learning Community)” (video commercial)
    • SECOND PLACE: Brennan Barsell, ROAR Network; “PEAP Promotional Video” (video commercial)
    • FIRST PLACE: Ryan Kelly and Michael Lange, ROAR Network; “What Should Have Happened” (video PSA)
  • National Student Production Award presented by College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI)
    • FINALIST: Best Student Media Website 2013, Alisa Adams, Olivia Duncan, ROAR Network
    • FINALIST: Best Comedy 2013, Michael Lange, Shannon McNulty, Alex Merkle, Joe Slavin, ROAR Network; "Hyperlinked: Pilot"
  • 2013 College Broadcast & Web Tech Awards presented by Pinacle
    • FINALIST: Best Viral Video, Ryan Kelly, Michael Lange, ROAR Network; "What Should Have Happened" (video PSA)
    • FINALIST: Best TV Entertainment Program, Michael Lange, Shannon McNulty, Alex Merkle, Joe Slavin, ROAR Network; "Hyperlinked: This Is Netflix"

2011 - 2012

  • College Media Association, Apple Award
    • SECOND PLACE: Best Entertainment Broadcast, ROAR Network; “Mayhem Entertainment”

2010 -2011

  • National Student Production Awards presented by College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI)
    • FINALIST: Best Documentary/Public Affairs, Jim Schaefer, ROAR Network; “De Colores: Two Communities, One Heart”
    • SECOND PLACE: Best Documentary, Jim Schaefer, ROAR Network; “De Colores: Two Communities, One Heart”
  • Association of the Higher Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA)
    • FIRST PLACE: Best Documentary, Kyle Laffey/Luke Braun, ROAR Network; “Human First”

2008-2009

  • Gold Circle Awards presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
    • FIRST PLACE: Best Commercial, Aaron Williams, ROAR Network
    • SECOND PLACE: Zachary Snyder, ROAR Network, Documentary; “Partnering with History”
    • CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: News Package, Zachary Snyder and Jonathan Urbanus, ROAR Network; “Hip-Hop Dialogue”
    • CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Feature Package, Jeremy Flores and Eva Kosmas, ROAR Network; “LA Eats”

2007-2008

  • Association of the Higher Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA)
    • FINALIST: Best Student Run Campus TV Network
  • Gold Circle Awards presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
    • FIRST AND SECOND PLACE: commercial advertisement
    • FIRST PLACE: news feature package category
    • The Student Service and Leadership MAGIS Award was presented to ROAR Network’s General Manager, Tom Leach

2006 -2007

  • Insomnia Film Festival
    • SECOND PLACE in California
    • 17th PLACE in the Nation out of 156 entries

Tower Yearbook

2015-16

  • The Tower Yearbook won the prestigious Gold Crown presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for print and digital news.

2013-2014

  • The Tower Yearbook won a 2014 Yearbook Pacemaker award for exceptional college journalism. Presented by the Associated College Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college yearbook, the Pacemaker is considered by many to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of college journalism.
  • The Tower Yearbook won a Gold Crown, presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The honor is one of eight awarded to college newspapers nationwide for website excellence.