• Pacemaker Awards

    Each year, the 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 by teams of professionals 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 order duplicate award plaques.

    Online Pacemaker

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    Deadline: Feb. 24, 2017

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    Yearbook Pacemaker

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    Deadline: Dec. 16, 2016

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    Newspaper Pacemaker
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    Magazine Pacemaker
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  • Individual Awards

    Entry deadline: June 3, 2016.
    Each year, the 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, Cartooning and Advertising. 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 2015-16 academic year.

    Click here to order duplicate award plaques.

    STORY OF THE YEAR
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    REPORTER OF THE YEAR
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    DESIGN OF THE YEAR
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    ADVERTISING AWARD
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    MULTIMEDIA STORY OF THE YEAR
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    PHOTO EXCELLENCE
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    CARTOONING AWARD
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  • Convention Best of Show

    The Best of Show competition is held at all conventions and workshops sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press. The number of entries and places awarded may change from year to year, depending on overall convention attendance. 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.

    NATIONAL COLLEGE MEDIA CONVENTION
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    BEST OF THE MIDWEST
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    MIDWINTER NATIONAL COLLEGE JOURNALISM CONVENTION
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    SUMMER WORKSHOP
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  • All-American Hall of Fame

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    In 1987, the Associated Collegiate Press established a Hall of Fame for member student publications. Publications can qualify for the ACP Hall of Fame in three ways: if you’ve earned 10 All-American ratings from our publication critique service within an 11-year span, received a total of 10 national Pacemaker awards since 1970 or received a combination of 15 national Pacemaker and Pacemaker finalist awards since 1970.Hall of Fame inductees receive a special honor plaque to mark the induction and are added to the ACP Hall of Fame plaques, which are displayed in our headquarters.

    New Hall of Fame inductions are made once a year, in May, and are honored the following fall at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention.

    Advisers who believe their publication has achieved Hall of Fame status may apply for the Hall of Fame by writing a letter indicating the name of the publication, information showing the publication meets the induction criteria and publication/adviser contact information. Mail it to ACP Hall of Fame, 2221 University Ave. SE, Suite 121, Minneapolis, MN 55414. The letter must be received by Sept. 15 to be inducted that year and honored at that year’s convention.

    View all Hall of Fame Inductees.


  • College Press Freedom Award

    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.


  • Other Awards

    These awards have either been discontinued or replaced by another award.

    Best of the Net (replaced by Online Pacemaker): 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995
    Yearbook CD-ROM Pacemaker: 1999-2000
    RFK Memorial Journalism Awards (co-sponsored by NSPA/ACP 2002-09)