MINNEAPOLIS — Honoring the nation’s best, the Associated College Press named 34 student-produced collegiate magazines as finalists in its annual prestigious 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 34 magazines represent 19 states. In all, 104 magazines were entered in the Pacemaker competition. Magazine competed in feature/general interest and literary arts divisions. There were 75 feature/general interest magazines and 29 literary arts magazines.
Magazines produced at both four-year and two-year institutions competed. There were 81 four-year and 23 two-year entries.
A team of four judges, with extensive magazine editing experience, studied each entry discussing its strengths and weaknesses.
“Personal and intimate stories came alive on the pages of the best magazines,” said the judges. “The best magazines found untold stories in well-worn subject areas. The best magazines also captured the diversity of their campuses.”
The judging team noted that the top magazines weren’t afraid to experiment, especially with design.
“Design adds energy and creativity to the storytelling,” the team stressed while noting that creativity didn’t mean a lack of organization to the content.
Gary Lundgren, ACP associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker competition, noted that the quality of the winning collegiate magazines rivals those produced by professionals.
“The verbal and visual storytelling in the winning magazines is incredible, and robust long-form stories combine with shorter quick-reads to pace the reader through the pages,” Lundgren said.
Of the 34 Pacemaker finalists, 10 are from two-year schools. From the 34 finalists, 17 magazines will earn Pacemaker honors.
Comments from the judges about each of the 17 Pacemaker winners will be posted when they are announced along with professional bios of the judges.
Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 25-28, 2018 in Louisville, Ky.