Monmouth University’s student newspaper, The Outlook, was selected as the “Best University Newspaper” by the judges of the American Scholastic Press Association for universities with enrollments above 2,500 students, the contest’s most competitive category.

One judge wrote, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, and adviser.”

Brett Bodner, a senior and Editor-in-Chief of the paper, said, “This is an incredible honor. It is the result of a total group effort of dedicated students and our adviser.”

Professor John Morano, the paper’s faculty adviser, said, “This is one of the most dedicated, talented staffs I’ve worked with in over 20 years advising the paper. Everything that was thrown at these young journalists this year, including the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, the staff handled with energy and professionalism. I couldn’t be prouder of the students.”

The Outlook amassed 955 points out of a possible 1,000, judged in areas that include content coverage (a perfect score); page design; general plan; art, advertising, illustration (a perfect score); editing; creativity (a perfect score).

This is the second time in the last four years Monmouth University’s Outlook has won the national award.