UO School of Journalism and Communication publications earn top honors

EUGENE, Ore. – (Nov. 20, 2013) – Two magazines published by students in the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) were among just five student magazines nationwide to claim top honors from the Associated Collegiate Press.

Maya Lazaro, 2012-13 Flux Magazine editor-in-chiefThe SOJC’s Flux Magazine and student publication Ethos won the prestigious Pacemaker award, the organization’s highest award for overall content, writing quality and photography. The awards were announced last month at the annual National College Media Convention in New Orleans.

Receiving the 2013 Pacemaker award continues a 20-year legacy of excellence for Flux, which won 15 national journalism awards for its first issue and has accumulated more than 270 awards for feature writing, photography design and multimedia work.

Additional awards presented to UO students this year were: second place, feature story, Sam Katzman from Conifer, Colo.; fifth place, feature photo, Alisha Jucevic from Williams, Ore.; honorable mention, environmental portrait, Mason Trinca from Washington, D.C.; honorable mention, magazine cover, Felecia Rollins from Eugene, Ore.; and honorable mention, magazine spread, Aaron Klein from Reno, Nev.

“The journalism industry is in a period of change and we are changing with it,” said Flux advisor Lisa Heyamoto. “Clearly this is validation that even as Flux changes, we continue to operate at a high level.”

Ethos, which is comprised entirely of a student staff, has also received multiple awards from the APC since 2010. It has also been regularly recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, including being awarded its first Digital Magazine Silver Crown Award.

 “The professional quality of work that students produce week in and week out is outstanding,” said Conner Gordon, the magazine’s 2013-14 editor-in-chief. “Far beyond what is expected from the typical college student.”

Ethos staff members Erik Bender, from Hillsboro, Ore., and Jordan Shepherd, from Coos Bay, Ore., also won an honorable mention for multimedia feature from the APC.

About the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) produces outstanding writers, editors, digital media makers, strategists and critical thinkers by providing a school grounded in ethics, innovation, action and social responsibility.  The school counts nine Pulitzer Prize winners among its more than 9,000 graduates.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kellee Weinhold, UO School of Journalism and Communication, 541-346-2897, kelleew@uoregon.edu