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Expanding the legacy UTPA magazine, radio station receive national recognition

The Panorama magazine and Bronc Radio, from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley legacy institution UT Pan American, received awards and recognition from the Associated Collegiate Press and College Broadcasters Inc., respectively.

Members of the Panorama staff earned three individual awards and the magazine won the 2015 ACP Magazine Pacemaker award at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 in Austin.

Karen Villarreal, co-editor-in-chief,won honorable mention in Brochure/Rate Card; Ana Duncan, designer, won fourth place in Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread; and Omar Garcia Jr. won first place in Environmental Photo.

Villarreal, a UTRGV graphic design senior, designed an advertising rate card.“As a graphic designer, that’s exactly
the kind of recognition you want to hear, that your design is successful,” Villarreal said in a phone interview with The Riderlast Thursday.

As part of the Panorama’s award-winning last issue, Villarreal is proud to be able to bring recognition to the Rio
Grande Valley.

“A lot of people, I think, look down on the area,” she said. “So whenever we’re able to do something really good, better than everyone else in the country, it’s kind of like, ‘Look, we do have talent down here.’”

The Bronc Radio staff was a final four finalist in the 2015 CBI National Student Production Awards. Its “Kidnapped in
Mexico” story was recognized in the Best Audio Special Broadcast category.

Patty Hinojosa and Jessica Ortiz, who co-produced the public service announcement “Domestic Violence,” were named finalists in the Best Public Service Announcement category.


Hinojosa, a mass communication senior, did not expect to be a finalist for the award.

“I just got really shocked because I never expected it to win. … We just tried to do our best job in putting something together about domestic violence, which I don’t believe received enough awareness,” Hinojosa said.

Frederick Mann, communication lecturer and UTRGV Radio faculty adviser, is proud of the radio staff who was recognized as well as the hard work Ortiz and Hinojosa put into their public service announcement.

“I think it’s incredible,” Mann said.“I know a lot of work went into these projects from both girls. Top four in the country, that’s great.”

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