Found on news stands at The University of Texas-Pan American, the Panorama is an award-winning magazine, published annually, that covers everything from lifestyle and technology to politics and sports in 160 pages. This year, for the first time, it is also available online.
"We have been waiting to do this for a while," said Donna Pazdera, adviser for the Panamora magazine and communication lecturer. "It is important to have the magazine online because it's what's expected of publications these days."
A student-run magazine, the Panorama is for students, by students and about students. All stories, photography and graphic design are created by currently enrolled students. Although the majority of the staff is made up of communication and art majors, all majors are welcomed to contribute, if willing to dedicate their time.
"It's hard to say how many hours go into making the Panorama," Pazdera said. "It's not unusual for staff members to be in the office for more than 24 hours...they're real troupers and put aside their comfort and do what is needed to finish the job."
Panorama has garnered more than 90 local, regional, national and international awards to date. It has placed at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association receiving awards for Overall Magazine Design and Overall Excellence, tying with other universities such as Texas Christian University. The magazine has competed and placed at the Associated College Press regional and the Summit International Creative Competitions as well. The publication has also earned numerous gold, silver and bronze ADDY Awards, which is the world's largest and toughest advertising competition.
"The staff and writers in particular make bold decisions about stories and how they should be written," Pazdera said. "They have definitely tested some boundaries and that makes me proud of them as future journalists."
Pazdera said she hopes that the work published in Panorama along with the bold voices of its staff will lead them to promising careers in the field of journalism and that the University should feel proud to have nurtured it.
To read the Panorama online visit http://issuu.com/utpa/docs/panorama_2010_web or pick up your free copy at the College of Arts and Humanities, Room 170, or at distribution sites located in buildings around campus. Call 956/381-2541 for more information.