Aztec Press wins regional awards

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


The newspaper has won honors in other recent contests as well.


In the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2013 “Better Newspaper Contest,” its online site,, 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.


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