Oct. 30, 2023
ATLANTA — Honoring the nation’s best, the Associated College Press named 12 student news publications as winners of its prestigious Pacemaker during an awards ceremony at the the Fall National College Media Convention, in Atlanta.
“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” executive director Laura Widmer said. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
In August, 23 newspapers/newsmagazines were named Pacemaker finalists. The finalists represented 15 states. California set the pace with five finalists followed by Texas with three.
The 12 Pacemaker winners represent the top 14 percent of the entries. Three of the Pacemaker-winning newspapers/newsmagazines were published by two-year schools.
Three print issues produced during the 2022-23 school year were submitted for consideration. Two teams of three judges studied every entry, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. At least two of the three judges agreed on whether a newspaper was eliminated or would be named a finalist or winner.
Newspapers/newsmagazines from four-year schools competed against schools with similar enrollment. Newspapers/newsmagazines from two-year schools, of all enrollments, competed in a separate category.
“It is exciting to see how these colleges and universities are refining their print products in today’s college media ecosystem,” associate director Gary Lundgren said. “It is definitely a transitional time for the college student newspaper.”
In all, 90 newspapers entered the Pacemaker competition.
In addition to demonstrating excellence in key areas including coverage, writing, editing, design and photography, the winning newspapers took risks and served as a strong voice for the student audience.
In this competition, only the print product was judged. Online sites compete in a separate Pacemaker competition.
Spring 2024 Pacemakers
listed by state
Chula Vista, California
Editors-in-chief: Liliana Anguiano,
Camila Gonzalez, Nicolette Monique Luna
Advisers: Max Branscomb, Kenneth Pagano
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, California
Editors-in-chief: Kate Bustamante, Edgar Galvan
Advisers: Sarah Bennett, Jacqueline Schlossman
Miami Dade College
Editor-in-chief: Juan Gomez
Adviser: Manolo Barco
listed by state
Editor-in-chief: Abby Wilt
Advisers: Elizabeth Smith, Courtenay Stallings
San Jose State University
San Jose, California
Editors-in-chief: Nathan Canilao, Bojana Cvijic
Adviser: Richard Craig
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
Editor-in-chief: Catherine Allen
Advisers: Pat Howe, Jon Schlitt, Brady Teufel
Ball State University
Editor-in-chief: Elissa Maudlin
Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Editor-in-chief: Hannah Pinski
Adviser: Jason Brummond
Wichita State University
Editor-in-chief: Jaycie Nelson
Adviser: Amy DeVault
Editors-in-chief: Cara Chang, Brandon Kingdollar
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Editor-in-chief: Sa’Mya Overall
Advisers: Wesley Herold,
Kim Margolis, Chris Richert