ACP names 46 newspapers as 2019 Pacemaker finalists

MINNEAPOLIS — The Associated Collegiate Press has named 46 collegiate newspapers as finalists in its annual Pacemaker Awards competition.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” executive director Laura Widmer said. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

Both print and online Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the Fall National College Media Convention, sponsored by ACP and College Media Association, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The 46 newspaper finalists represent 22 states. California set the pace with 12 finalists, followed by Texas with five.

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In all, 160 student newspapers entered the Pacemaker competition, a decrease of five from the previous year.

Two teams of three judges devoted three days to the judging and studied every entry, discussing its strengths and weaknesses. At least two of the three judges had to agree on whether a newspaper was eliminated or would be named a finalist or winner.

Of the 46 finalists, 19 will earn the Pacemaker Award, placing those newspapers in approximately the top 12 percent of the entries.

There were nine finalists from two-year colleges with four winning Pacemaker honors.

In addition to demonstrating excellence in key areas including coverage, writing, editing, design and photography, the winning newspapers took risks and served as a strong voice for the student audience.

“The best newspapers didn’t just recap campus events, they delivered tenacious in-depth reporting and impartial and objective coverage,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker Awards competition.

Insights and observations from the judges about the Pacemaker winning newspapers will be posted after the Pacemaker winners are announced, along with the names and professional bios of the judges. The judges have provided written summaries about each Pacemaker winner, as well as video comments about the process and the entries.

Newspapers from four-year schools competed against those publishing with the same frequency. Two-year newspapers competed against each other regardless of frequency.

Nine newspapers from two-year colleges were represented among the 46 finalists. Four Pacemakers are being awarded to two-year colleges.

In this competition, only the print product was judged. Online sites compete in a separate Pacemaker competition. The ACP Online Pacemaker finalists will be announced at the end of September. 

Finalists in alphabetical order by state.

Two-year college finalists

The Sun
Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California
Editor: Katy Stegall
Advisers: Max Branscomb, David Washburn

The Advocate
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, California
Editor: Michael Santone
Adviser: Paul DeBolt

el Don
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, California
Editors: Jason Solares, Lizeth Fuentes
Advisers: Charles Little, Sarah Bennett

Pierce College
Woodland Hills, California
Editors: Joshua Manes, Natalie Miranda
Advisers: Jill Connelly, Jeff Favre

The Reporter
Miami Dade College
Miami, Florida
Editor: Christian Ortega
Adviser: Manolo Barco

Campus Current
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, Maryland
Editor: Alexandra Radovic
Adviser: Sharon O’Malley

Foghorn News
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, Texas
Editor: Cat Herndon
Advisers: Robert Muilenburg, Scott Beckett

The Et Cetera
Eastfield College
Mesquite, Texas
Editor: Aria Jones
Advisers: Elizabeth Langton, Lori Dann, Sarah Sheldon

The Clarion
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin
Editor: Andrew Kicmol
Adviser: Doug Kirchberg

Four-year college/university finalists

The Auburn Plainsman
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
Editor: Chip Brownlee
Adviser: Alec Harvey

The Crimson White
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Editor: Jake Stevens
Advisers: Mark Mayfield, Paul Wright

The Daily Californian
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Editor: Harini Shyamsundar
Advisers: Chantelle Lee, Victoria Do

The Orion
California State University, Chico
Chico, California
Editors: Julia Maldonado, Natalie Hanson
Advisers: Diego Aparicio, Susan Wiesinger, David Little

Daily Bruin
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Editor: Jacob Preal
Adviser: Abigail Goldman

Daily Trojan
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Editor: Allen Pham
Advisers: Mona Cravens, Leslie Dunseith

Pepperdine Graphic
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Editors: Maria Valente, Mary Cate Long
Advisers: Elizabeth Smith, Courtenay Stallings

The Banner
California Baptist University
Riverside, California
Editors: Alexandra Applegate, Ninasophia Stowe
Adviser: Michael Chute

The State Hornet
Sacramento State University
Sacramento, California
Editor: Claire Morgan
Adviser: Stu VanAirsdale

Mustang News
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
Editor: Austin Linthicum
Advisers: Paul Bittick, Brady Teufel, Pat Howe, Richard Gearhart, Patti Piburn, Yan Shan

The Miami Hurricane
The University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Editor: Rebecca Goddard
Adviser: Tsitsi Wakhisi

The Red & Black
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
Editors: Maggie Holland, Erin Schilling
Advisers: Rebecca Burns, Andy Johnston

The Knox Student
Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois
Editor: Erika Riley
Adviser: Tom Martin

Indiana Daily Student
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Editors: Nyssa Kruse, Matt Rasnic
Advisers: Jim Rodenbush, Ruth Witmer

The Franklin
Franklin College
Franklin, Indiana
Editor: Shelby Mullis
Adviser: Ryan Gunterman

The Ball State Daily News
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
Editors: Allie Kirkman, Brooke Kemp
Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes

Iowa State Daily
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Editor: Alex Connor
Adviser: Mark Witherspoon

The Daily Iowan
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Editor: Gage Miskimen
Adviser: Jason Brummond

The Sunflower
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
Editor: Matthew Kelly
Adviser: Amy DeVault

College Heights Herald
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Editor: Evan Heichelbech
Advisers: Chuck Clark, Carrie Pratt

Kentucky Kernel
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Editor: Bailey Vandiver
Advisers: Ryan Craig, May May Barton, Andrea Giusti, David Stevenson

Central Michigan Life
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Editor: Emma Dale
Advisers: David Clark, Kathy Simon

Minnesota Daily
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Editor: Kelly Busche
Adviser: Charlie Weaver

Northwest Missourian
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri
Editor: Darcie Dujakovich
Adviser: Steven Chappell

Washington Square News
New York University
New York City, New York
Editor: Sakshi Venkatraman
Adviser: Nanci Healy

The Daily Orange
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Editor: Sam Ogozalek

The Daily Tar Heel
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Editor: Rachel Jones
Adviser: Erica Beshears Perel

The Chronicle
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Editor: Breanna Bradham
Adviser: Chrissy Beck

The Pendulum
Elon University
Elon, North Carolina
Editors: Anton Delgado, Emmanuel Morgan, Alexandra Schonfeld
Adviser: Kelly Furnas

The Kent Stater
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Editors: Henry Palatella, Valerie Royzman
Adviser: Sue Zake

The OU Daily
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Editors: Kayla Branch, Emma Keith
Adviser: Seth Prince

Daily Emerald
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Editor: Zach Price
Adviser: Austin Meek

The Daily Pennsylvanian
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Editors: Rebecca Tan, Sarah Fortinsky
Adviser: Eric Jacobs

The Daily Texan
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Editor: Liza Anderson
Adviser: Peter Chen

The Battalion
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Editors: Taylor Fennell, Megan Rodriguez
Adviser: Douglas Pils

The Mercury
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas
Editor: Bhargav Arimilli
Adviser: Chad Thomas

The Commonwealth Times
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Editors: Georgia Geen, Zach Joachim
Advisers: Allison Bennett Dyche, Mark Jeffries