The Flyer Wins ASPA First Place with Special Merit Honor

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The Flyer Wins First Place with Special Merit Honor from ASPA

Published: May 13, 2019.

The print edition of Lewis University’s student-run newspaper, The Flyer, earned a First Place with Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The Flyer is “an outstanding overall example of a scholastic publication in format, content and presentation” stated the ASPA judges of the First Place with Special Merit honor.

The College Point, New York academic organization also recognized the publication with an award for Outstanding Front Page. ASPA judges identified the front page of the December 10, 2018 award as “outstanding” for its design and news coverage of the mumps outbreak on the Romeoville campus.”

The Flyer editors earned the award in the “Colleges/Universities Enrollment of 2,501+ Students” category. 

Educators 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.  Out of a possible 1,000 points, The Flyer earned 970 points. The maximum points were earned in the general plan and artwork/illustration categories while near perfect scores were awarded in the content, page design and creativity categories.

“You and your staff are to be commended for the attention to detail, the layout and for creating a large publication so many times throughout the year,” said the ASPA judges in their letter to the newspaper staff. “Your hard work and dedication to the craft are evident.”

Assistant Professor of Communication Lisa O’Toole, adviser to the print edition of The Flyer, expressed pride in the student editors’ accomplishments. “Including these awards, The Flyer has earned a total of seven awards this academic year,” O’Toole said.  “Our editors are able to create a quality publication while balancing full-time coursework and other employment. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated students.”

Assistant Professor of Communication Hayley Miller, adviser of the online edition, also collaborates with the staff on the print edition. She believes the staff earned these awards due to their ability to work as a cohesive team. “The staff recognizes and embraces their interdependence with each other,” Miller said. “They demonstrate support and respect for each other and the publication’s audience. These awards recognize their genuine commitment to quality journalism.”

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 equivalent Its 2018 – 2019 editorial staff consisted of 18 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 2019 staff members for The Flyer were: Jake Volk, Elizabeth Hyland, Derek Swanson, Mattie Buckley, Efua Richardson, Emily Krivograd, Carly Styka, Tori Foster, Matthew Vogrin, Stefano Sparano, Serena Wilson, Hannah Pinter, Audrey Pearson, Destiny Alexander, Ashley LaFayette, Henrietta Eghan, Andrew Munoz, and Payton Emond. 

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking 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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