Journalism student wins prestigious award despite challenges
Broadcast journalism junior Maria Mendoza has dealt with Dyslexia her entire life, but through journalism, she propelled herself to success and earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award.
The award itself is given to honor the best student journalists across the nation in several categories, including print, radio, television and online journalism. Mendoza writes, films, and edits reports, which has helped her earn the award as well as become an inspiration to her colleagues and professors.
“I always wanted to do journalism, (but it didn’t happen) until I got accepted to (the) University. That’s when I actually said this is what I want to do,” Mendoza said. “I was not even in the communication school. I was actually a Spanish major.”