Pima Community College’s student newspaper, Aztec Press, won a prestigious Society of Professional Journalists regional award for overall excellence.
Aztec Press won third-place 2012 Mark of Excellence honors for best all-around non-daily newspaper in SPJ’s annual contest.
The biweekly Aztec Press competed for the first time this year against four-year universities in the large, non-daily category. SPJ previously had a separate category for two-year colleges.
The awards were announced April 13 during a SPJ Region 11 conference in Las Vegas.
The top non-daily large-school winners in Region 13, which covers Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and the Mariana Islands, were:
· First Place: Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College (Chula Vista, Calif.)
· Second Place: The Rebel Yell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
· Third Place: Aztec Press, Pima Community College
Aztec Press has won a SPJ Mark of Excellence award four years in a row, and was a national finalist in 2009.