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UTA's student newspaper, The Shorthorn, earns national accolades

Monday, November 14, 2016

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For the second year in a row, The University of Texas at Arlington’s daily student-run news agency, The Shorthorn, has been named a Pacemaker among college newspapers by the Associated College Press.

The Pacemaker award is considered the pre-eminent award among collegiate student media.

The Shorthorn submitted five front pages, including this March 2016 issue, to the Associated Collegiate Press for award consideration. 

The award is judged on a variety of factors, including consistent excellence in editorial judgment, reporting, editing, design and photography.

"This award exemplifies the dedication and talent found in our students' work," said Timothy Quinnan, vice president for the UTA Division of Student Affairs. In an age where communicating news and compelling stories to communities is increasingly difficult, The Shorthorn is excelling."

The Associated College Press also awarded Marian Bilocura second place in editorial cartooning, Marangeli Lopez third place in multimedia feature reporting and Daniel Carde fourth place in photo slideshow. The Shorthorn also received Best of Show honors: 6th place for its coverage of the summer 2016 Dallas police shootings and 8th place in multimedia story for coverage of the University’s annual mud volleyball tournament known as Oozeball.

Carde, a journalism junior and Shorthorn photojournalist, spent his spring break traveling to Iraq’s Kurdistan region. He shared his journey and photographic work through The Shorthorn.

"Working at The Shorthorn helps students learn how to communicate, both verbally and in writing,” said Laurie Fox, Shorthorn editorial adviser. “They gain confidence through interviewing people and making their deadlines. And they learn leadership by managing their peers. All of these skills benefit our students when they graduate, whether they enter journalism or other professions."

Hundreds of Shorthorn alumni now serve in a number of roles at news organizations across the state and nation, including The Texas Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, USA Today, the Star-Telegram, and World.

Shorthorn photojournalist Daniel Carde captured locals celebrating Newroz, the traditional Kurdish new year, in the Yazidi village of Serechka, Kurdistan, Iraq. 

(Daniel Carde/theshorthorn.com)

In addition to the Pacemaker, The Shorthorn received national recognition by many other organizations this fall:

College Media Association

  • Kelsi Brinkmeyer – first place, sports feature photo
  • Daniel Carde – second place, multimedia feature story; third place, best feature photo

Editor & Publisher Awards

  • Finalist, Best College/University Newspaper Website
  • Finalist, Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Feature

According to Director of Student Publications Beth Francesco, The Shorthorn was awarded 79 state, regional and national awards for its work online and in print during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Shorthorn’s recognition is emblematic of the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact. A guiding aspiration of the plan includes transforming the student experience by enhancing access and ensuring success. The award-winning publication is housed in Student Publications, a department within the Division of Student Affairs.   

Director of Student Publications Beth Francesco, The Shorthorn Editor-In-Chief Anna Gutierrez and Vice President Tim Quinnan pose with the recent Pacemaker award. (Andie Yancy)

The Shorthorn began publishing in 1919 and has been online since 1997. The student-led staff reports and edits the equivalent of a full newspaper daily on theshorthorn.com, and produces a separate print edition each Wednesday.

The Shorthorn employs about 140 students annually, providing a unique collegiate and work experience that emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning and modeling the Division of Student Affairs’ Career Continuum Model. Anna Gutierrez, Shorthorn editor-in-chief and organizational communication senior, said working at The Shorthorn empowers students to work hard because they are motivated by their peers and continuing the standard of excellence. 

“I'm extremely proud of The Shorthorn staff,” Gutierrez said. “Winning awards is nice, but our work is to serve the UTA community everyday with news.”

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

For more on the UTA Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, see www.uta.edu/strategicplan/.

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