The Pioneer, the Vol State student magazine, has been selected the National Finalist (runner-up) in the “Best Magazine” category of the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards. The Fall 2010 issue of The Pioneer was named the national runner-up in the two-year school division, behind El Sol magazine of Southwestern College of Chula Vista, Calif.
The magazine advanced to the national competition competition, after winning the 2010 SPJ Region 12 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) Mark of Excellence “Best Magazine” award in the two-year school division,
Samantha Hearn was the editor of the Fall 2010 issue of The Pioneer. The magazine highlighted diversity, travel and technology.
This is the first time that The Pioneer has advanced to the national competition. However, this is the fourth year in the magazine’s eight-year history that it has been honored by the SPJ. The previous three honors were second place finishes in 2004, 2006, 2007, behind Louisiana State University, before SPJ created two- and four-year college divisions.
The Pioneer is produced by students during the spring and fall semesters. The magazine is a 32-page full-color, general interest magazine composed of articles and photographs relating to Vol State and its students. The entire magazine, from the conception of story ideas to design, is done by students.
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