UTPA student media competes in the national arena
Contact: Christy Mendoza, intern/writer (956) 665-2741
Posted: 10/18/2013
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The University of Texas-Pan American's Bronc Radio and Panorama Magazine are receiving national attention with recent prestigious nominations.

UTPA's Bronc Radio staff has been nominated for Best News Reporting and Best Newscast Radio at the upcoming College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production awards program.

Nominated for Best News Reporting, Bronc Radio's "HESTEC-Wolf Story" will compete with Ithaca College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Goshen College. Also nominated for Best Newscast Radio, "Bronc Radio News Spring 2013, #2," the student news team will go up against University of Texas at Arlington, Goshen College, and North Central College for the top award in the College Broadcaster, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production awards program. Both Bronc Radio and TV are official student publications at UTPA under the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Nancy Botello, student public relations director for Bronc Radio and Bronc TV, said the nomination makes the Bronc team feel like super stars.

"So much hard work goes into production, it really is such an honor to be considered for such a nationally prestigious award," Botello said. "It really makes us feel empowered to go up against such great schools and showcase the creative talent we possess here at UTPA."

Fred Mann, UTPA lecturer in the Department of Communication and academic adviser for Bronc Radio and TV, said the nominations bring great recognition to UTPA and its students on a national scale.

"I am so proud of my students, this is such a wonderful honor for them and all their incredible efforts," Mann said.(p) For more information regarding the 2013 Student Production Awards Finalists and announcements of winners, visit the CBI website, or contact faculty adviser Fred Mann at The CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention and awards ceremony will be held in San Antonio Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

UT Pan American's Panorama Magazine also has a big reason to celebrate: it has been nominated for The Associate Collegiate Press (ACP) 2013 Magazine Pacemaker award, which recognizes general excellence in collegiate magazines.

UTPA's Panorama Magazine is in contention for the Associate Collegiate Press 2013 Magazine Pacemaker award.

Panorama is an award-winning magazine, published annually, that covers everything from lifestyle and technology to politics and sports in its 100-plus pages. This year, Panorama is one of 10 finalists, competing with The Yale Literary Magazine, Yale University; The Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles; Ethos, Iowa State University; among many other well-known universities such as Drake University and California State University Fullerton.

"The Pacemaker is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism," said Donna Pazdera, academic adviser for Panorama and a lecturer in the Department of Communication at UTPA. "As the adviser, it is so gratifying to see students' creative work be recognized by a national audience."

Panorama has been a finalist for the past four consecutive years, Pazdera said. In 2010, the magazine was one of the five Pacemaker award winners.

"I am very proud of the work our students have done," said Pazdera. "It really puts UTPA on the national radar and although we are not considered a major school for journalism, the students can produce something beautiful and memorable for all."

Winners will be announced at the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association ACP/CMA National Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26. This year, the staff of the Atlantic Monthly judged entries. Visit the ACP website after Oct. 26 for the winners, or for general judging criteria and complete list of finalists. Or, contact Grace Christensen, ACP contest and critique coordinator, with questions at