Inaugural Multiplatform Pacemaker finalists named

ACP names 11 finalists as ‘the best of the best’

Oct. 7, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — To reflect the ever-changing landscape of college media, the Associated College Press has named 11 finalists in the first year of its Multiplatform Pacemaker competition.

The winners will be announced at the ACP Pacemaker and Individual Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on 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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Pacemakers in Online and Yearbook will be presented in spring 2023.

The new award honors the nation’s top collegiate media as they serve readers across the platforms available to them — print, online, social media and audio/video.

“This is clearly a forward-thinking Pacemaker award that reflects the new college media ecosystem,” associate director Gary Lundgren said. “While ACP will continue to award Pacemakers for individual platforms, it is increasingly important for judges to review how print, online, social media and audio/video all come together to serve readers.”

The 11 Multiplatform finalists represent eight states. Of the finalists, nine are from four-year colleges/universities and two are from two-year colleges.

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

Two-year college

Santa Ana College
el Don, Santa Ana, California

El Camino College
The Union, Torrance, California

Four-year college/university

Pepperdine University
The Graphic, Malibu, California

University of Miami
Distraction, Coral Gables, Florida

University of Georgia
The Red & Black, Athens, Georgia

Indiana University
Indiana Daily Student, Bloomington, Indiana

University of Iowa
The Daily Iowan, Iowa City, Iowa

Western Kentucky University
College Heights Herald, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Western Kentucky University
Talisman, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Elon University
Elon News Network, Elon, North Carolina

University of Texas at Arlington
The Shorthorn, Arlington, Texas