Aztec Press received two prestigious national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists during the SPJ national convention in Las Vegas.
At an awards luncheon on Oct. 4, the Aztec Press staff was honored as a 2009 Mark of Excellence national finalist for best all-around two-year college newspaper. Faculty adviser Cynthia Lancaster accepted the award on behalf of the staff.
Senior reporter Liza Porter was named a 2009 Mark of Excellence national finalist in feature writing for her series on non-traditional students, “Going Back, Moving Forward.” She also traveled to Las Vegas to accept her award.
At the regional level, the Aztec Press won first-place Mark of Excellence awards in both categories.
First-place regional winners advance to the national level. In competition against 11 other regions, the Aztec Press entries reached the top three and were named national finalists.