Pacemaker 100

To celebrate its centennial year,
Associated Collegiate Press announces
its top 100 Pacemaker award winners

Associated Collegiate Press — home of the prestigious Pacemaker awards — proudly recognizes its top 100 publications as it launches its centennial celebration.

Founded in 1921, ACP has trained and honored collegiate journalists through conventions, workshops and awards.

First presented in 1927 as the Pace-Maker, the Pacemaker awards are now recognized as the top prizes in collegiate journalism. They honor the very best collegiate broadcasts, magazines, newspapers, online publications, and yearbooks. In 2020, Pacemaker awards for Business and Innovation were introduced.

“The Pacemaker really represents the best of the best and it is appropriate that we recognize the rich tradition this award has in collegiate  journalism as part of our centennial celebration,” ACP associate director Gary Lundgren said. 

The Pacemaker 100 represents a one-time snapshot of the top 100 publications recognized in the competition during its history. Each Pacemaker finalist was awarded five points and each Pacemaker earned 10 points. The results were tabulated in June 2021.

The Pacemaker 100 winners are listed in alphabetical order by state.

The Pacemaker 100 will be honored and presented awards during the ACP centennial celebration planned for the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, Oct. 14-17, 2021, in New Orleans.

Also announced at the convention will be the Top 10 of the Pacemaker 100. The top winners will be in ranked order along with the number of Pacemaker and Pacemaker finalists awards the publication earned over the last century.

“It was fun to reflect on the history of the award and to recognize the publications during the past century with a rich Pacemaker history — this is a remarkable achievement,” he said. Since 1927, there have been 1,800 Pacemaker awards presented to collegiate publications. An additional 1,450 Pacemaker finalists have been awarded over the years.

“While it is certainly a remarkable achievement to earn a dozen or more Pacemakers, it is also exciting to see the many publications that earned a single Pacemaker over the last century,” Lundgren said. “Their hard work and excellence landed them a place in collegiate journalism history, and that’s also worth celebrating.”

During the upcoming school year, a searchable database of member publications earning Pacemaker recognition will be added to the ACP website.

The Pacemaker 100 will be showcased in “Empowering Student Journalists,” a commemorative book documenting and celebrating the role of ACP in educating, influencing and promoting the student press. “Empowering Student Journalists” will be released at the New Orleans convention.

How we’re celebrating our centennial

WATCH the announcement
of the Pacemaker 100

“Empowering Student Journalists,”
a 176-page keepsake book distributed to ACP- and NSPA-member schools in fall 2021.

In-person celebrations

Fall National College Media Convention, presented virtually Oct. 14-16, 2021

ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention
and announcement of the Pacemaker 100 Top 10 —
presented virtually Oct. 14-16, 2021

ACP Spring National College Media Convention
March 3-5, 2022,
Hyatt Regency Long Beach


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Explore past ACP awards
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ACP’s top 100 Pacemaker winners

July 13, 2021
alphabetical by state

The Pacemaker Top 10 will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention, Oct. 14-17, 2021, at the New Orleans Sheraton

Auburn Plainsman
Newspaper
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Corolla
Yearbook
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Crimson White
Newspaper
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Arizona Daily Wildcat Online
Online
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Ouachitonian
Yearbook
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Razorback
Yearbook
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas

American River Review
Magazine
American River College
Sacramento, California

The Orion
Newspaper
California State University, Chico
Chico, California

The Advocate
Newspaper
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, California

Warwhoop
Newspaper
El Camino College
Torrence, California

Junior Collegian/Los Angeles Collegian
Newspaper
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, California

Oasis/Currents
Magazine
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

The Graphic
Newspaper
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Golden Gater/Golden Gate Xpress
Newspaper
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Xpress Online
Online
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

El Don
Newspaper
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, California

Southwestern Sun
Newspaper
Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California

The Daily Bruin
Newspaper
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Daily Trojan
Newspaper
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

The Review
Newspaper
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware

The GW Hatchet
Newspaper
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia

Falcon Times
Newspaper
Miami-Dade Community College North
Miami, Florida

Metropolis
Newspaper
Miami-Dade Community College Wolfson
Miami, Florida

Distraction
Magazine
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

Ibis
Yearbook
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

The Emory Wheel
Newspaper
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

The Red & Black
Newspaper
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Cardinal Review/The Sentinel
Newspaper
North Idaho College
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Echo
Magazine
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

The Columbia Chronicle
Newspaper
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

The Columbia Chronicle Online
Online
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

The Daily Northwestern
Newspaper
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

F Newsmagazine
Newspaper
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Daily Illini Online
Online
University of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois

Ball State Daily News
Newspaper
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Expo/Ball Bearings
Magazine
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Orient
Yearbook
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Arbutus
Yearbook
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana Daily Student
Newspaper
Indiana University
Bloomingon, Indiana

Indiana Daily Student Online
Online
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Drake Magazine
Magazine
Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa

The Daily Iowan
Newspaper
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Kansas State Collegian
Newspaper
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Royal Purple
Yearbook
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Kanza
Yearbook
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas

The University Daily Kansan
Newspaper
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

The University Daily Kansan Online
Online
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

The Eastern Progress
Newspaper
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky

The Murray State News
Newspaper
Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky

The Kentucky Kernel
Newspaper
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

College Heights Herald
Newspaper
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Talisman
Yearbook/Magazine
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Maroon
Newspaper
Loyola University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Hullabaloo
Newspaper
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

The News-Letter
Newspaper
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

The Bridge
Magazine
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

The Harvard Crimson
Newspaper
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Harvard Crimson Online
Online
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

NECC Observer
Newspaper
Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Central Michigan Life
Newspaper
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The State News
Newspaper
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Minnesota Daily
Newspaper
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Daily Online
Online
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Chart
Newspaper
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, Missouri

Tower
Yearbook
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri

The Maneater
Newspaper
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Daily Nebraskan
Newspaper
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Ithacan
Newspaper
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

The Ithacan Online
Online
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

SALT/MPJ: Military Photojournalism
Magazine
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

The Daily Orange
Newspaper
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

The Daily Orange Online
Online
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Rebel
Magazine
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Agromeck
Yearbook
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Windhover
Magazine
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

The Daily Tar Heel
Newspaper
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Daily Tar Heel Online
Online
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sanskrit
Magazine
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

Yahnseh
Yearbook
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Sooner
Yearbook
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Daily
Newspaper
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Flux
Magazine
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Daily Emerald
Newspaper
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

The Tartan
Newspaper
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

La Vie
Yearbook
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

The Daily Collegian
Newspaper
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

The Daily Pennsylvanian
Newspaper
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Volante
Newspaper
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota

The Et Cetera
Newspaper
Eastfield College
Mesquite, Texas

The Ranger
Newspaper
San Antonio College
San Antonio, Texas

The Collegian
Newspaper
Tarrant County College
Hurst, Texas

La Ventana
Yearbook
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

The Shorthorn
Newspaper
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas

Daily Texan
Newspaper
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

UTMost
Magazine
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Bluestone
Yearbook
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Breeze
Newspaper
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

The Clarion
Newspaper
Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

The MATC Times
Newspaper
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Spectator
Newspaper
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin