Subject: The Paisano, UTSA’s student newspaper, moves into own building
Imagine, as a reporter, trying to write that Pulitzer Prize-winning article at a desk that sits under a storm-damaged roof with ceiling tiles that could come crashing down (again) at any moment. What if you had to stare at cracks in the wall that actually have daylight shining through them? Worse still, say you had to clean up your fair share of insects and rodents just to get your work done.
For the past three decades, the staff at UTSA’s student-run independent newspaper, The Paisano, has faced these situations and conditions. However, on March 29, all that will change when the Paisano hosts its grand opening gala at the brand-new Paisano Media Arts Center located just off the UTSA Main Campus. We invite the Express-News to write a story about the new Media Arts Center, believed to be the only building of its kind for the only independent student newspaper in Texas.
I would be happy to arrange interviews with the Paisano’s adviser, Diane Abdo, or any of the current editors. I would also help arrange interviews with Paisano alumni who have gone on to work at the Express-News, San Antonio Current and other publications across Texas and the US.
I will call you on __________ to see if I can be of help with the story on this dedicated group of journalists who will finally have a place they can call home. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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The Paisano News Release
For Immediate Release
UTSA’s student newspaper, The Paisano, moves into its own building
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Paisano, independent student newspaper serving the University of Texas at San Antonio community, will celebrate the opening of its new, permanent facility at a grand opening September 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Paisano Media Arts Center (PMAC) is a project that has been in the works for seven years and has involved other UTSA groups in the process.
“The Paisano Educational Trust (PET) bought the land in 2007,” according to The Paisano’s adviser, Diane Abdo. “In 2012, Professor Rick Lewis' architecture class designed the first building and then a later graduate class finalized the design.”
The PET, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that owns and has published The Paisano for the past 33 years, raised the building’s $200,000 startup costs through the Paisano Capital Campaign.
The PMAC received a substantial donation from The McCombs Family Foundation, the investment firm of automotive magnate Red McCombs, as well as contributions from many of the newspaper’s alumni.
Because of a UTSA policy requiring all student publications to be independent entities, the newspaper receives no financial support from UTSA; instead, the publication is funded through advertising sales and donations.
Stefanie Arias, a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and former editor-in-chief for The Paisano, is excited about the new building.
"When I was on staff at The Paisano,” she recalls, “we rented office space on a month-to-month basis. Everything about that scenario screamed ‘temporary.’ By having its own building, The Paisano establishes itself once and for all as a permanent fixture at UTSA.”
Jessica Elizarraras, who held many editorial positions during her years at The Paisano, predicts that the new space will benefit the newspaper’s staff in ways that go beyond its permanency.
“The Paisano Media Center, with its expanded newsroom, separate offices and podcast rooms, will help lead students into a new age of journalism," said Elizarraras, the food and nightlife critic for the San Antonio Current.
Along with providing roots in the UTSA community, the new building will help further establish The Paisano as a journalistic leader in San Antonio.
The Paisano, named the Best College Newspaper in San Antonio by SA Current magazine in 2005, is a self-sufficient student newspaper with a weekly print circulation of 7,000. The paper provides students in a variety of majors with internships that have helped launch the careers of many journalists, attorneys, and entrepreneurs in San Antonio and across the United States.
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