Lansing Community College

LCC student newspaper wins Newspaper of the Year

By Marilyn Twine

The Lookout earns 13 awards at the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

The staff of LCC's student newspaper The Lookout

LANSING, Mich. - LCC student newspaper The Lookout earned a total of 13 awards, including Newspaper of the Year, in the 2020 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The announcement came on March 25 during a virtual press conference via Zoom.

The Lookout was among 20 newspapers that competed in the college MPA competition, with 746 total entries presented. Competing in Division 3 of the competition, for newspapers published less than weekly The Lookout competed against several two-year colleges, including Washtenaw Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft College, Monroe County Community College, and Grand Rapids Community College.

“It is a great honor to be named Newspaper of the Year by the Michigan Press Association,” said The Lookout advisor Larry Hook. “This was the second time in four years we have received this award. Our staff in 2019-20 was very inexperienced, with only one returning person on the staff from the previous year. They took their jobs very seriously and learned very fast. They work great together as a team and I am so proud of them for all their hard work and success.”

In addition to the Newspaper of the Year award, The Lookout staff earned the following honors:

  • Best Photographer: First place, Julie Newell
  • Column, Humorous or Serious: Third place, Kari Eastway, “An essential worker”
  • Feature Photo: First place, Julie Newell, “Lansing Lights Up”
  • Feature Story: Second place, Shauna Stocken, “Artist addresses his message with signs”
  • Feature Story: Third place, Robin Morales, “The incredible life of a rock’n’roller”
  • Front Page Design: First place, Bayelee Hodge, “Balancing Work and Play”
  • Front Page Design: Third place, Bayelee Hodge, “Lansing Lights Up”
  • Non-Front Page Design: First place, Shauna Stocken, “Get Zapped!”
  • Non-Front Page Design: Third place, Bayelee Hodge and Julie Newell, “Lights, Camera, Action”
  • Cartoon (open class): Third place, Alex Riley, “King Bob”
  • Sports Photo: First place, Julie Newell, “Rim Rocker”
  • Sports Photo: Second place, Julie Newell, “Photo Finish”
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About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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