The news came to The Phoenix staff on Wednesday, May 6, less than two months after the newspaper also got the top prize for non-daily students newspapers in the region at SPJ’s regional conference in Louisville, Kentucky, last March.
“It’s an honor to be recognized. We’ve worked hard the last couple of years and this award reassures that we’re on the right track to becoming a student media household name,” said Esther Castillejo ’15, who was The Phoenix’s 2014-2015 editor-in-chief.
The award recognizes the newspaper’s work for the year of 2014. To participate, The Phoenix sent an edition of the paper from the spring semester and two editions from the fall of that year.
The Phoenix was also national finalist for best feature story for a piece on homelessness in Chicago.
This is not the first time Loyola’s only student-run newspaper wins the national award. Six years ago, The Phoenix also brought the accolade home.
Phoenix staff members expect to attend SPJ’s national conference in Orlando, Florida, this September to collect the awards.