Pacemaker competition names 4 news programs
as the ‘best of the best’
Oct. 15, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS — Honoring the nation’s best, the Associated College Press named four student-produced news broadcasts as winners of its prestigious Pacemaker award.
In September, seven news broadcasts were named Pacemaker finalists.
The news programs competed directly against each other and three award-winning broadcast educators selected the winners.
News programs produced by two-year and four-year schools competed in separate categories. Frequency, school enrollment and whether the program was live or recorded were factors taken into consideration.
“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” executive director Laura Widmer said. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
The prestigious Pacemaker recognizes overall excellence and distinguishes the top student media produced during a particular school year. The award started shortly after the association was founded in 1921 and is often regarded as the most-competitive, most-honored award in collegiate journalism.
Over the decades, Pacemakers have been awarded to online, newspaper, magazine and yearbook. The broadcast Pacemaker competition was added in 2020.
“As digital platforms expand, a growing number of student media operations are producing outstanding broadcast news programs,” associate director Gary Lundgren said. “It is exciting to offer Pacemaker recognition for these broadcasts.”
2021 ACP Pacemaker Awards
2021 ACP Individual Awards
Story of the Year
Reporter of the Year
Multimedia Story of the Year
Design of the Year
Photo of the Year
Cartoon of the Year
Advertisement of the Year
Best Use of Social Media
Broadcast Story of the Year
Ball State University
Editor: Tylor Brummett
Terry Heifetz, Lisa Renze-Rhodes
City University of New York
New York, New York
Advisers: Susan Farkas, Linda Prout
Syracuse, New York
Editors: Katie Lane, Erin Lyons, Josh Meyers, Ricky Sayer
Adviser: Michael Schoonmaker
Tyler Junior College
Editor: Andrea Valdez
Advisers: Derik Gray, Adrienne Hampton