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Released September 10, 2004

STUDENT PRINTZ NAMED OUTSTANDING STUDENT ORGANIZATION
AT SOUTHERN MISS FOR 2003-2004 ACADEMIC YEAR

HATTIESBURG --- The University of Southern Mississippi's student newspaper, The Student Printz, was named Outstanding Student Organization for the 2003-2004 academic year by the Southern Miss Office of Student Activities.

Each year the award goes to a student organization nominated by faculty, staff and students. The award was presented during a ceremony held Sept. 9 on the Hattiesburg campus.

"I'm really honored to have served with the staff that won this award. We really worked together as a team last year," said Noel Wilkinson, a senior photojournalism major from Baton Rouge who serves as executive editor for the Printz.

"This sets a bar for us to reach, and it would be great to win it again next year," he said.

The Student Printz is part of the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and provides opportunities for student journalists to gain hands-on experience.

Southern Miss student journalists working for The Student Printz collected three dozen awards for their work in two separate awards competitions this past spring, including a total of 13 awards for onsite and offsite competitions as part of the Southeast Journalism Conference in Troy, Ala., in February and 23 awards in the annual Mississippi Press Association Student Better Newspaper Contest, presented in March.

Maggie Williams, faculty adviser to the Printz, said the staff worked hard last year and deserved the award. "I'm expecting great things again this year," she said.

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October 8, 2004 10:43 AM