The University of Texas-Pan American's Panorama student magazine took fourth place at the 88th Annual National College Media Convention - considered the largest gathering of student journalist and advisers in the world - held in Austin.
The magazine garnered fourth for the 2009 issue in the "Best of Show Magazine Feature-Special Audience" category among hundreds of college publications from around the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Donna Pazdera, journalism lecturer and co-adviser for Panorama, was thrilled about the honor and said it's a testament to the students' hard work.
"It affirms the fact that we have talented students," Pazdera said. "It's nice to see us on a national stage. It was our first time entering the competition and I had no idea what to expect. Fourth place, to me, may as well have been first, it was great."
Alexis Carranza, a senior and co-editor for the 2009 edition, said the award justified the time and work the staff put into the publication.
"We worked really hard on the magazine," said Carranza, a spring 2009 art graduate. "It's great to see the benefits of what happens when you put a lot of creative people together."
Twelve students representing Bronc Radio and TV, The Pan American Newspaper and Panorama attended the convention, sponsored by three major college media organizations: Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Advisers and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.
Naxiely Lopez, Bronc Radio and TV and The Pan American student journalist, was also among top four finalists in the Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. competition in the category of "Best Technical Production" for her story on the H1N1 virus. Though Lopez didn't win, she said being named a finalist was enough for her.
"I'm still really happy about it," the senior communications major said. "It's an honor just to be a finalist."
More than 2,220 journalism students and advisers attended the convention held at the Hilton Austin and Convention Center Oct. 28-Nov.1 and participated in workshops and seminars conducted by professionals in the journalism industry and prominent professors from across the country.
For more information on UTPA's student media outlets, call 956/381-2541.