2022 Online Pacemakers

Top collegiate online sites announced

ACP Pacemaker competition names 17
as the ‘best of the best’

Oct. 28, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Honoring the nation’s best, Associated College Press named 17  online news and magazine sites as winners of its prestigious Pacemaker during an awards ceremony at MediaFest22, the Fall National College Media Convention, in Washington, D.C.

In September, 31 online sites were named Pacemaker finalists. The finalists represented 15 states and a Canadian province.  California set the pace with six finalists followed by North Carolina and Texas and North Carolina each with four.

Online sites from two-year and four-year schools competed in separate divisions. There were two two-year schools and 28 four-year schools honored as Pacemaker finalists. 

Within the four-year school category, websites competed against those from colleges and universities with similar enrollments.

To select the finalists, respected professionals including professors and current digital media professionals analyzed, discussed and rated each entry.

“Today’s best online sites are platforms for rich multimedia storytelling,” associate director Gary Lundgren said. “Deep and diverse coverage with strong engagement and interactivity distinguish the best student-produced sites.” 

In this competition, only the online product was judged. Print newspapers and magazines compete in a separate Pacemaker competition.

Daily Bruin

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Editors: Mattie Sanseverino,
Tommy Vo Tran

Advisers: Doria Deen,
Abigail Goldman

Pepperdine University Graphic

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Editors: Ashley Mowreader,
Karl Winter

Advisers: Elizabeth Smith,
Courtenay Stallings

The State Hornet

Sacramento State University
Sacramento, California

Editors: Jordan Parker,
Magaly Muñoz

Adviser: Stu VanAirsdale

Distraction Magazine

University of Miami
Miami, Florida

Editors: Nichole Katz, Ainsley Vetter

Adviser: Randy Stano

14 East

DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois

Editors: Grace Del Vecchio,
Cam Rodriguez

Adviser: Amy Merrick

Indiana Daily Student

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Editors: Staff

Advisers: Malinda Aston, Jim Rodenbush, Ruth Witmer

The Daily Iowan

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Editors: Kelsey Harrell,
Caleb McCullough

Adviser: Jason Brummond

The Sunflower

Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas

Editors: Sean Marty, Khanh Nguyen, Lindsay Smith

Adviser: Amy DeVault


Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Editor: Jess Brandt

Adviser: Sam Oldenburg

College Heights Herald

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Editors: Michael Collins,
Jake Moore, Debra Murray

Advisers: Chuck Clark,
Carrie Pratt

Washington Square News

New York University
New York, New York

Editor: Alex Tey

Advisers: Alvin Chang,
Amanda Sakuma

The Appalachian

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Editors: Staff

Adviser: Allison Bennett Dyche

The Daily Tar Heel

University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Editor: Praveena Somasundaram

Adviser: Courtney Mitchell

The Chronicle

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Editors: Nadia Bey,
Leah Boyd

Adviser: Chrissy Beck

Baylor Lariat

Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Editor: Nick Cook

Advisers: Bruce Gietzen,
Julie Reed

The Breeze

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Editor: Charlotte Matherly

Advisers: Brad Jenkins,
Ryan Parkhurst

Emerge Magazine

University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario

Editors: Leonardo Carretas,
Alex Droog, Briana Fee

Advisers: Laura Arsie,
Nick Farnell, Kimberley Noble