ACP names top broadcast news programs

Pacemaker competition names 8 finalists as ‘the best of the best’

Sept. 28, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — Honoring the nation’s best, Associated College Press named eight student-produced news broadcasts as finalists in its annual prestigious Pacemaker competition. 

The winners will be announced at the ACP Pacemaker and Individual Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at MediaFest22, the Fall National College Media Convention, in Washington, D.C.

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


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Yearbook Pacemakers will be presented in spring 2023.

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.

The news programs competed directly against each other and three award-winning broadcast educators selected the winners. Of the eight finalists, three will be named Pacemakers.

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.

Finalists are alphabetical by state.

Two-year college

San Diego City College, San Diego, California
Leaders: Jillian Fortner, Susana Serrano
Advisers: Chris Acedo, Nicole Vargas

The DrumBeat
Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas
Leader: Michael King
Adviser: Derik Gray

Four-year college/university

Eagle Eye News
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Leader: Braden Haynes
Adviser: Billy Ferris

NewsWaves 32
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Leaders: Liza Esquibias, Marley Penagos, Abby Wilt
Advisers: Theresa de los Santos

California Baptist University, Riverside, California
Leader: Ivania Montes
Adviser: James Kruppa

Appalachian Weekly News
Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Leaders: Connor Davidson, Zachary Masters
Adviser: Jim Newman

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
Leaders: Calista Pushman, Kendall Smith
Advisers: Britt Hogg, Sydney Patterson, Sarah Scarborough

Lariat TV News Today
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Leaders: George Schroeder, Nate Smith
Adviser: Bruce Gietzen