2021 Newspaper Pacemaker finalists

ACP names top student newspapers

Pacemaker competition recognizes 36 finalists

Sept. 17, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — Student newspapers from 36 colleges and universities have been recognized as Pacemaker finalists by the Associated College Press.

Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced virtually at 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 14, during the Fall National College Media Convention.

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

The 46 newspaper finalists represent 16 states and a Canadian province. California set the pace with seven finalists, followed by Texas with five.

Five print issues produced during the 2020-21 school year were submitted for consideration. Two teams of three judges studied every entry, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. At least two of the three judges agreed on whether a newspaper was eliminated or would be named a finalist or winner.

Of the 36 finalists, 18 will earn the Pacemaker award, placing the winning newspapers in approximately the top 22 percent of the entries. 

For the first time in recent history, the newspapers did not compete by frequency of publication. Newspapers from four-year schools competed with those of similar enrollment. Newspapers from two-year schools competed against each other. 

Five newspapers published by two-year schools are among the 36 finalists. Of those five, three will earn Pacemaker honors.

“This was a very challenging year for collegiate print newspapers. The quality of the publications was stronger than ever, but because of the pandemic and the changing media landscape, the number of entries dropped this year,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director and coordinator of Pacemaker competition.

In all, 81 newspapers entered the Pacemaker competition compared to 114 the previous year.

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.

In this competition, only the print product was judged. Online sites compete in a separate Pacemaker competition, and 12 of these newspapers also earned Pacemaker finalist recognition for their online sites.

Finalists are alphabetical by state.

Two-year schools

The Sun

Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California

Editor: Julia Woock

Adviser: Max Branscomb

The Corsair

Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, California

Editor: Jack Hughes

Advisers: Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, Gerard Burkhart

The Reporter

Miami Dade College
Miami, Florida

Editor: Adriana Dos Santos

Adviser: Manolo Barco

The Collegian

Tarrant County College
Hurst, Texas

Editor: Michael Foster-Sanders

Advisers: Stacy Luecker,
Jocelyn Tatum, Chris Whitley

The Et Cetera

Dallas College Eastfield Campus
Mesquite, Texas

Editor: Harriet Ramos

Advisers: Elizabeth Langton,
Lori Dann, Sarah Sheldon

Four-year schools

Daily Forty-Niner

California State University,
Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Editor: Madalyn Amato

Advisers: Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Gary Metzker

Daily Bruin

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Editor: Melissa Morris

Adviser: Abigail Goldman

The Graphic

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Editor: Makena Huey

Advisers: Elizabeth Smith, Courtenay Stallings

The Banner

California Baptist University
Riverside, California

Editor: Jane Robertus

Advisers: Mary Ann Pearson,
Sonya Singh

Mustang News

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Editor: Sabrina Pascua

Advisers: Patrick Howe,
Jonathan Schlitt, Brady Teufel

The Red & Black

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Editors: Sherry Liang,
Augusta Stone

Adviser: Rebecca Burns

The Uproar

Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

Editors: Jessica DeMarco-Jacobson, Ashley Peterson

Adviser: Joe Miller

The Columbia Chronicle

Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Editors: Mari Devereaux, Kendall Polidori, Brooklyn Kiosow

Advisers: Curtis Lawrence,
Travis Truitt

F Newsmagazine

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Editors: Leo Smith, Jade Sheng

Advisers: Paul Elitzik, Michael Miner

Indiana Daily Student

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Editors: Caroline Anders,
Emily Isaacman, Jacob deCastro,
Tristan Jackson

Advisers: Jim Rodenbush,
Ruth Witmer

The Butler Collegian

Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana

Editor: Meghan Stratton

Adviser: Tatsiana Karaliova

The Ball State Daily News

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Editor: Zach Piatt

Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes

The Sunflower

Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas

Editor: Lindsay Smith

Adviser: Amy DeVault

College Heights Herald

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Editor: Laurel Deppen

Adviser: Chuck Clark, Carrie Pratt

Kentucky Kernel

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Editor: Natalie Parks

Advisers: Ryan Craig, May May Barton, Andrea Giusti,
David Stephenson

The Maroon

Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Editor: Rose Wagner

Adviser: Michael Giusti

The State News

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Editor: Evan Jones

Advisers: Omar Sofradzija,
Daena Faustino, Wesley Herold

Central Michigan Life

Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Editor: Issac Ritchey

Advisers: David Clark, Kathy Simon


Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Editor: Lucas irizarry

Advisers: Tamara Buck,
Mia Pohlman

Northwest Missourian

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri

Editor: Rachel Adamson

Adviser: Steven Chappell

The Ithacan

Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York

Editor: Madison Fernandez

Adviser: Michael Serino

The Daily Orange

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Editor: Casey Darnell

The Chronicle

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Editor: Matthew Griffin

Adviser: Chrissy Beck

The Pendulum

Elon University
Elon, North Carolina

Editor: Grace Terry

Adviser: Kelly Furnas

Daily Emerald

University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Editor: Ryan Nguyen

Adviser: Bill Kunerth

The Daily Pennsylvanian

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Editor: Hadriana Lowenkron

Adviser: Deborah Howlett

The Battalion

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Editor: Brady Stone

Adviser: Douglas Pils

The Mercury

The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas

Editor: Madison York

Adviser: Chad Thomas

The Baylor Lariat

Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Editors: Matthew Soderberg, Madalyn Watson

Advisers: Bruce Gietzen, Julie Reed

The Commonwealth Times

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Editors: Iman Mekonen,
Andrew Ringle

Adviser: Mark Jeffries

Calgary Journal

Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Editors: Chole Chapdelanie, Mackenzie Hermann,
Angela Lackey, Tristan Oram

Advisers: Archie Mclean,
Sean Holman