2023 Innovation Pacemakers

ACP honors innovation in collegiate media

Oct. 30, 2023

Associated Collegiate Press honored the nation’s top collegiate media with its Innovation Pacemaker awards at the Fall National College Media Convention, in Atlanta.

ACP Pacemakers in Broadcast, Innovation, Magazine, Multiplatform, Newspaper/Newsmagazine and Online were announced at the convention’s awards ceremony.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” Executive Director Laura Widmer said. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

> Innovation Pacemaker finalists

2023 Innovation Pacemakers

listed by state

The Los Angeles Loyolan

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California

Student leadership: Chris Benis,
Jillian Caforio, Jennifer Woo

Advisers: Tom Nelson, Kevin O’Keeffe

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Celebrating the five First Amendment freedoms, The Los Angeles Loyolan collaborated with student government to reintroduce First Amendment Week to the Loyola Marymount University community.

The keynote speaker for First Amendment Week was Jennette McCurdy, former child star and author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” familiar to students through the Nickelodeon shows “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat.”

The Loyolan amplified promotions through social media for a successful event.

Pepperdine Graphic Media

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Student leadership: Sahej Bhasin,
Samantha Torre, Abby Wilt

Adviser: Elizabeth Smith

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Pepperdine Graphic Media’s News Talks help students dive into deeper discussions of what inclusion means, as well as help members of PGM engage with the Pepperdine community. They also advance news literacy in an engaging way and help student journalists understand how their audience engages (or does not engage) with their products.

Immigrants in Middle America
Ball State University & Western Kentucky University

Covering the challenges facing small mid-American cities such as Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Muncie, Indiana, the student media and public media teams at Ball State University and Western Kentucky University collaborated to create content that is shared across multiple platforms and markets.

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Ball State Daily News, Ball Bearings Magazine

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Student leadership: Elissa Maudlin

Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes

College Heights Herald

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Student leadership: Alexandria Anderson,
Jake Moore, Debra Murray

Advisers: Chuck Clark, Carrie Pratt