The Pima Community College student newspaper, Aztec Press, continues to win prestigious regional awards.
Most recently, Aztec Press was named one of two regional finalists for best all-around nondaily student newspaper when the Society of Professional Journalists named its Region 11 Mark of Excellence winners March 29.
The honor marked the fifth year in a row that Aztec Press has been an SPJ regional finalist. The newspaper was a national finalist in 2009.
Aztec Press competes against student publications in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada in the “large” category for universities and colleges with a student population above 10,000.
Journalism instructor Cynthia Lancaster is the faculty adviser for Aztec Press. This year’s student editor-in-chief is Andrew Paxton.
Complete Mark of Excellence results are available at http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1235.
The newspaper has won honors in other recent contests as well.
In the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2013 “Better Newspaper Contest,” its online site, aztecpressonline.com, received a first-place award for “Best Website.”
Aztec Press also was awarded third place in ANA’s “Community Service/Journalistic Achievement” category.
In individual awards, student Larry Gaurano received a second-place award for “Best Feature Photo Layout” and two third-place prizes for “Best News Photograph” and “Best Multimedia Storytelling.”
The ANA contest does not have a student category, so the Aztec Press competed against non-daily state newspapers with a circulation between 3,500 and 10,000.
Fifty-three Arizona newspapers entered the contest with a total of 1,360 entries, according to the ANA.