For the second year in a row, the Aztec Press student newspaper has been named a regional finalist for two Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The actual places awarded will be announced April 30 during an awards luncheon.
SPJ notified the newspaper it will receive a Mark of Excellence award in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper – 2 Year/Community College category.
Former staffer Liza Porter will receive an award for Feature Writing in the 2 Year/Community College category. Her multi-part series on depression was published during the Spring 2010 semester.
SPJ’s Region 11 covers student newspapers in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
Last year, the Aztec Press received two first-place Mark of Excellence awards at the regional level, for best all-around community college newspaper and for feature writing. Porter picked up the feature writing honors for a series on non-traditional students.
At the national level, in competition against 11 other regions, the Aztec Press entries reached the top three and were named national finalists.