Each year, Associated Collegiate Press presents collegiate journalism’s preeminent award — the Pacemaker.
There is category for each type of publication – online, newspaper, yearbook and magazine. Entries are judged based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.
The contests are open to any ACP member publication. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the dates specified on each entry form. Click here to view contest rules.
Each year, Associated Collegiate Press presents the Individual Awards, honoring the best individuals in collegiate journalism.
There are seven categories — Story of the Year, Multimedia Story of the Year, Reporter of the Year, Photo Excellence, Design of the Year, Cartoon of the Year and Advertisement of the Year.
Entries are judged by teams of professionals with experience and expertise in the area of each particular contest. The contests are open to any student on staff of an ACP member publication. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the academic year.
Click here to view contest rules.
The Best of Show competition is offered at all ACP conventions and workshops.
The number of entries and places awarded may change from year to year, depending on overall convention attendance, and the competing pool is typically smaller and distinct from national contests like the Pacemaker.
The Best of Show award does not signify a ranking of national excellence, but rather overall excellence among the attendees and entries. Only publications and broadcast teams with students in attendance at the convention are eligible to enter the on-site contest.
Along with ACP, the Student Press Law Center co-sponsors the College Press Freedom Award to recognize the college student or student news medium that has demonstrated outstanding support for college press freedom. Additional information (including a list of past winners of this award) is available at this SPLC web page.