Top collegiate online sites announced

ACP Pacemaker competition names 31 finalists as ‘the best of the best’

Sept. 28, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — Associated Collegiate Press has recognized 31 online news and magazine sites as finalists in the Online 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 31 online finalists represent 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.

Of the 31 finalists, 17 will earn Pacemaker honors. 

Online sites from two-year and four-year schools competed in separate divisions. 

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 compete in a separate Pacemaker competition.

Finalists are alphabetical by state.

Two-year college

el Don
Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, California
Editors: Kate Bustamante, Edgar Galvan, Carrie Graham, Sergio Gutierrez
Adviser: Sarah Bennett

The Union
El Camino College, Torrance, California
Editors: Staff
Adviser: Stefanie Frith

Four-year college/university

The Auburn Plainsman
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Editor: Evan Mealins
Advisers: Britain Bowen, Billy Ferris

Daily Forty-Niner
California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Editors: Ashley Ramos, Zenilkumar Vaghasiya
Advisers: Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Gary Metzker, Jennifer Newton

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

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
Editor: Carter Mudgett
Adviser: Amanda Cox

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

The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Editor: Jacob Fulton
Adviser: Stacia Campbell

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

The State News
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Editors: Jayna Bardahl, Karly Graham
Advisers: Daena Faustino, Wesley Herold, Kim Margolis

The Michigan Daily
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Editors: Dora Guo, Eric Lau, Jasmin Lee, Aya Salim

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

Elon News Network
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
Editor: Kyra O’Connor
Adviser: Kelly Furnas

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Editor: Blake Douglas
Adviser: Seth Prince

The Daily Gamecock
University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
Editors: Staff
Advisers: Sydney Patterson, Sarah Scarborough

The Shorthorn
The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Editor: Angelica Perez
Advisers: Laurie Fox, Will Parchman

The Battalion
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Editor: Myranda Campanella
Adviser: Douglas Pils

The University Star
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Editors: Ronaldo Amaya, Deven Meza
Adviser: Laura Krantz

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