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TWU student newspaper 'The Lasso' celebrates 100th year


DENTON— The Texas Woman’s University student newspaper, The Lasso, marks its 100th anniversary this fall. As part of the celebration, journalist Lisa Ling will speak on the role of journalism in the world today. Her lecture is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall on the TWU campus. Admission is free.

Ms. Ling is a former co-host of The View, a daily morning talk show created by veteran newswoman Barbara Walters. Ms. Ling also has served as a correspondent for The Oprah Show, was a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline, and was the first female of host of the National Geographic’s Explorer series. She currently is executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The Lasso plans additional centennial events in the spring.

Highlights of The Lasso’s history include:

• The paper was one of four finalists for four-year, weekly publication college newspaper of 2014 from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association;
• Notable past editors, including Caro Crawford Brown, Class of ’28, the first female journalist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting; Grace Robinson New, ’46, the first female television news reporter in Dallas; and Stacie Walker, ’91, award-winning former national news editor for Newsday;
• Richard Rocha, ’98, served as the paper’s first male editor from 1996-1997;
• The paper was known as The Lass-O until 1986;
• It was a weekly publication until 1945, then was printed four times a week until 1993. It went bi-weekly until adopting its current weekly format in 1996;
• TWU is one of only a few universities in the country to have a student-run college newspaper without a journalism or mass communications program. TWU dropped its mass communications program in 2002;
• The Lasso is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press.

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Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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