Newspaper Pacemaker finalists announced

Congratulations to the ACP Newspaper Pacemaker finalists!

Our last round of judging for the finalists was wrapped up last weekend. This year, we had a panel of four judges with a mix of expertise: some were professional journalists, others were educators in the media field.

As always, the college competition was steep. It started with 155 total entries and was narrowed down to 30 impressive finalists over three rounds of judging.

The 30 finalists stood out through professionalism, diverse coverage and risk-taking. Among other factors, judges also noted clean design, engaging photography and creative, accurate headlines.

“Really impressed with the work from these college students,” one judge said. “Their newspapers included a variety of topics that were very captivating. Some newspapers can get stuck covering the same topics over and over again … More newspapers should be more creative with their coverage and take more risks.”

Winners will be announced at our National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. this October. Registration is now open. We’ll also disclose feedback for all finalist and winner entries at that time.



The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

The Southwestern College Sun, Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California

Daily 49er, California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Daily Bruin, University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

The Occidental Weekly, Occidental College
Los Angeles, California

el Don, Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, California

Yale Daily News, Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

The GW Hatchet, George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

The Reporter, Miami Dade College
Miami, Florida

The Red & Black, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

The DePaulia, DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois

The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

The Shield, University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, Indiana

Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

The Murray State News, Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky

Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Daily Orange, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

The Daily Tar Heel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Chronicle, Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

The Oklahoma Daily, University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

The Emerald, University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

The Torch, Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon

The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas

The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Chronicle, Richland College
Dallas, Texas

The Cougar, University of Houston
Houston, Texas

The Mercury, University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas