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The Daily Aztec Wins Big at Award Ceremony

The Daily Aztec won more than a dozen awards at the Society of Professional Journalists' local award banquet.
By Katie Stanchis

San Diego State University’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, dominated the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) San Diego Area Journalism Awards last month.

The Daily Aztec won a total of 17 awards in the College Media category, including Best College Newspaper.

“You don’t do the work to win awards, but it’s nice whenever the hard work of all the staff and editors is recognized,” said Andrew Dyer, editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec. “Our goal is to serve the campus community and provide them with news they may not get elsewhere.”

Dyer attributed the bulk of the recognition for The Daily Aztec’s accomplishments at the award banquet to last year’s editor-in-chief Jacob Sisneros, as well as former managing editor Jamie Ballard.

Some notable award-winners from The Daily Aztec include Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, who won first place in the Multicultural Story category for her piece “Joven fronteriza coronada reina (Miss Baja California represents two countries)” and Sarah Tanori, who won first place in the Arts/Entertainment Story category for her piece “Becoming pioneers of hardcore punk.”

SPJ is a professional organization comprised of various types of journalists including broadcast, print and online, as well as journalism educators and students interested in journalism as a career. The San Diego Pro Chapter focuses on providing professional development opportunities, networking events, student scholarships and annual award contests.