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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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‘The Lookout’ earns highest honors

‘The Lookout’ earns highest honors

The staff of The Lookout, LCC’s official college newspaper, earned the highest possible award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2018-19 competition.

The Lookout earned “first place with special merit,” and scored 950 of a possible 1,000 points in a critique by judges for the competition. The Lookout was the only newspaper in its category to earn the elite status.

The competition includes high school and college newspapers and yearbooks from all over the United States. The Lookout won in the category for junior or community college newspapers at schools with enrollment higher than 2,500 students.

“We enter our newspaper in this competition because there are judges who critique our staff’s journalistic skills,” explained Larry Hook, adviser of The Lookout. “This is a great way for us to get some constructive criticism from some professionals in the journalism industry.

“Our staff during the 2018-19 school year was very talented. I am not surprised we earned a first-place ranking. But to earn first with ‘special merit’ was especially rewarding and satisfying.”

Judges in the competition gave The Lookout perfect scores in the categories of “content,” as well as “art, advertising and illustration.”  Other categories judged included “page design,” “general plan,” “editing” and “creativity.”

One of the judges for the competition offered several tips for possible improvements in The Lookout going forth, as well as congratulations.

“Overall, your staff does a very nice job producing The Lookout,” the judge wrote. “You should be proud of the work you put into serving your community with important news and information.”

This was the second significant award The Lookout staff won in the past few months. In April, the staff earned first place for general excellence in the Michigan Community College Press Association competition.

Members of the 2018-19 staff at The Lookout were Ashlee Buhler (editor in chief), Sarah Barney (associate editor), Shauna Stocken, Nicole Cade, Maddie Toles, Brodee Gillam, Alex Gonzales, Islam Amir, Joe Strother and Brynne Luter. Also contributing frequently were freelance reporters Danielle Hook and Sejin Lee.

In addition to the American Scholastic Press Association’s “team award,” The Lookout Staff Writer Brodee Gillam also earned an individual award from the ASPA for outstanding sports coverage. Specifically, Gillam was honored for a story he wrote this past January about Coach Mike Ingram’s 600th win as the LCC men’s basketball coach.

The professional journalist who judged Gillam’s entry wrote: “The writer starts off with a compelling lede, then does a nice job of blending feature and play-by-play to describe a coach’s 600th victory.”