MINNEAPOLIS — The Associated College Press has named 32 collegiate student magazines as finalists in its annual Pacemaker competition.
“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
The 32 magazines represent 15 states as well as Canada.
In all, 105 student magazines entered the Pacemaker competition. A team of judges studied every entry, discussing its strengths and weaknesses.
“The Pacemaker winning magazines were incredible and could hold their own on the newsstand in the company of the very best professionally produced magazines,” the judges said.
For judging, magazines were divided into two major categories — feature and literary art. Whether the magazine was produced at a four-year or two-year school was also taken into consideration.
“The winning literary art magazines not only featured creative content, but brought creativity to the display and packaging of the creative content,” the judges said.
“The quality of the magazines produced at the collegiate level is amazing,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director. “The storytelling is remarkable with a great blend of shorter quick-reads and substantial long-form stories in the feature magazines.”
Of the 32 Pacemaker finalists, nine are from two-year schools. 14 will be named Pacemakers in October.
Detailed comments from the judges about each of the 14 Pacemakers will be posted when the Pacemaker winners are announced.
Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 25-29, 2017 in Dallas.