HSU’s Spanish-English newspaper Gets Major Kudos

Did you even know that Humboldt State University had a Spanish-English newspaper?

It does and, impressively, El Leñador was just named the best non-weekly student newspaper in the state by the California College Media Association!

El Leñador which started in 2013 as an insert into the HSU’s student run newspaper the Lumberjack only moved out out on it’s own in October of 2014 and already its gathered this impressive recognition.

Press release from Humboldt State University:

The California College Media Association named Humboldt State’s El Leñador the best non-weekly student newspaper in the state at its Excellence in Student Media Awards Banquet Feb. 20.

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El Leñador’s former Editor-in-Chief Manuel J. Orbegozo and students in the newsroom of the Spanish-English newspaper.

The bilingual newspaper received the First Place award for Best Newspaper, competing against monthly and bi-weekly papers from four- and two-year colleges and universities across California.

“As a student journalist this is what you strive for,” said El Leñador Editor-in-Chief Javier Rojas. “When this publication started back in 2013 the goal of El Leñador was to give a voice to underrepresented students on campus and now to be called the best newspaper, it’s incredible.”

In awarding El Leñador first place, the judges said: “It captures the multicultural component of its audience with flair.”

El Leñador started in 2013 as an interdisciplinary faculty-student research project with students from the Journalism and Spanish majors teamed up with Journalism & Mass Communication Chair Marcy Burstiner and World Languages and Cultures Chair Rosamel Benavides-Garb.

“Huge credit goes to Manuel Orbegozo and Shareen McFall who were the first two editors of the paper,” Rojas said. “They influenced the paper in so many ways and are equally deserving credit of this award.”
El Leñador was initially funded by grants from the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences. It also received funding from The Lumberjack, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the President’s Loyalty Fund.

“Winning First Place was well-deserved,” said Burstiner. “In just three years, these students have created a newspaper that serves not just the Latino community on campus but the wider Latino community of Humboldt County.”

Rojas and his team will deliver the second issue of the spring term this week. “It makes me proud on many levels,” Rojas said. “But I’m more happy for the staff and editors that came before me that had a heavy influence on the paper. “

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