Yearbook Pacemaker finalists announced

Five former college editors, and now current journalism professionals and teachers, met to judge the ACP Yearbook Pacemakers in January.

The judges discussed the “must haves” of a Yearbook Pacemaker Finalist. They determined those characteristics were engagement, complete reader service, strong design, strong photography, easy navigation throughout the spread/section, complete campus coverage, community and pertinent state/national coverage and storytelling captions. The judges also said creativity or “out of the box” execution would be considered.

Each judge had a chance to examine each entry. Then, they executed a first cut. After another round, a second cut was made with some discussion regarding whether a book met the criteria to remain as a finalist. After the third round of examining multiple spreads within each section and examining design, photo and copy, the finalists were selected.

The judges discussed each remaining book individually and voted whether the finalist would become a winner.

“This is the first time we’ve had former collegiate editors who are now teachers, magazine designers, and a communication director and owner of a brand and communication agency,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “The judges gave each entry a long look, and then the discussion amongst them enabled them to pick the best of the best. I thought it was a great process.”

The 2016 Associated Collegiate Press Yearbook Pacemaker finalists are as follows:

Petit Jean, Harding Univ., Searcy, Ark.
Maeghen Carter, editor
Katherine Ramirez, adviser


Tower, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, Calif.
Mali McGuire, editor
Tom Nelson, adviser


Ibis, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.
Emily Eidelman, editor
Randy Stano, adviser


Arbutus, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Ind.
Holly Hays, editor
Ron Johnson, adviser


Royal Purple, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, Kan.
Laura Parker, editor
Kelly Glasscock, adviser


Talisman, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.
Tanner Cole, Naomi Driessnack, editors
Charlotte Turtle, adviser


Red Cedar Log, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, Mich.
Natalie Kozma, editor
Erik Maillard, adviser


Agromeck, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.
Molly Donovan, editor
Martha Collins, adviser


Sooner, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
Rachel Campbell, editor
Seth Prince, adviser


La Ventana, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Texas
Davian Hopkins, editor
Andrea Watson/Sheri Lewis, advisers


Roundup, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas
Hannah Neumann, editor
Julie Freeman/Paul Carr, advisers


Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Dallas, Oct. 26-29, 2017. The judges’ comments about each individual finalist and winner will be released at that time.