2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists announced

View list of finalists.

The 2012 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker contest yielded a total of 61 entries. A team of judges comprised of experienced journalism professionals and educators traveled to Minneapolis in early February to select the finalists.

Judges completed an initial elimination round and considered a number of factors as disqualifiers, such as illegal photo usage or lack of body copy. After the elimination round, judges spent a day and a half selecting the 12 finalists.

The Pacemaker winners will be announced for the first time at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans, Oct. 23-27, 2013.

ACP Awards Week Day 4: Newspaper and Magazine Pacemaker

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the last of the finalists in the 2012 Roll-Out Week.

The Magazine Pacemaker awards recognize general excellence in collegiate magazines and are divided into two categories: Feature and Literary magazines. This year, the Feature magazines were judged by The Atlantic, and the Literary magazines were judged by Graywolf Press.

View the list of Magazine Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content
    Was there evidence of diversity in content and approach? Was the content innovative and contemporary?
  • Quality of writing and editing
    Was there evidence that the authors were well-read, creative, original and aware of the audience? Was the writing almost or completely free of grammatical and spelling errors?
  • Photography, art and graphics
    Did the photos have strong centers of interest, sharp focus and proper contrast? Was a variety of artwork and graphics represented?
  • Layout and design
    Did the design accentuate rather than dominate the content? If color was used, did it appropriately enhance the layout? Was overall design unity evident?
  • Overall concept or theme
    Was the theme clear and carried throughout the publication? Was the concept fresh and engaging?

The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 85 years. The 2012 Newspaper Pacemaker contest was possible because of a generous donation of time and expertise by the staff of The Sacramento Bee, who judged this year’s entries.

View the list of Newspaper Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Coverage and content
    Were all aspects of student life covered (academics/sports/clubs/local news, etc.)? Was the use of wire/syndicated copy limited (especially on pg. 1)? Was there evidence of sound news judgment?
  • Quality of writing and reporting
    Was the writing concise and the reporting thorough? Was writing free of opinion (with the exception of editorials or columns)? Was the copy edited for consistent style?
  • Leadership on the opinion page
    Did staff editorials, cartoons and letters supplement personal columns? Did the staff demonstrate sensitivity to controversial topics? Was the content of the editorial page consequential?
  • Evidence of in-depth reporting
    Did major stories show evidence of multiple sources? Are series or depth pieces prominent in entered issues?
  • Layout and design
    Was the look of the paper clean and contemporary? Was a consistent modular page makeup used throughout the publication? Did designers establish a clear visual hierarchy for readers?
  • Photography, art and graphics
    Did visuals enhance the verbal content and draw the reader in? Did visuals improve the reader’s understanding of the accompanying story? Were photos properly credited? Was the quality of photos and art technically excellent?

Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in Chicago.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org

ACP Awards Week Day 3: Story, Multimedia Story and Reporter of the Year

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce two more categories of the 2012 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2012 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Reporter of the Year contest recognizes individuals for outstanding writing and editorial leadership. The four-year category is co-sponsored by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and the two-year category is judged by an award-winning editor from the Minnesota Associated Press. Entries consist of three single news or feature stories published in a college newspaper during the competition year. Winners receive cash prizes when announced at the fall convention.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Finalist selections are based on:

  • Significance and news worthiness of the stories
  • Quality and depth of reporting, quality of quotes
  • Quality of writing, editing/AP style usage

The Print Story of the Year contest is sponsored by the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Entries in the Story of the Year contest consist of a single story in one of the following categories: News, Feature, Sports, Editorial and Diversity. The entries are judged based on the importance of the story, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and editing and credibility and leadership. There were 592 total entries.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

The Multimedia Story of the Year contest is also sponsored by the Deadline Club. Entries are accepted in the following categories: Multimedia News Multimedia Feature, Multimedia Sports and Photo Slideshow. All entries were accepted online. Entries are judged ased on innovation in the use of multimedia, including audio, video, slide shows and graphics, technical quality of multimedia elements, respect of copyright laws, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and reader/viewer impact. There were 275 total entries.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in Chicago.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Awards Week Day 2: Design of the Year and Advertising

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce two more categories of the 2012 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2012 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Design of the Year awards are co-sponsored by Adobe Systems and were accepted through online submission. Entries were accepted in the following categories: Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover, Illustration, Infographic, Newspaper Page One, Newspaper Page/Spread and Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread. The contest yielded a total of 543 entries, marking at 15 percent increase from last year.. The first place winner in each category will receive complimentary software from Adobe.

View the list of Design of the Year finalists

Judges selected finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography
  • Established visual hierarchy
  • News judgment for Newspaper Page One
  • Contemporary appeal
  • Suitability for respective audience

The Advertising Awards entries were accepted in the following categories: Display Ad, House Ad, Ad Campaign, Advertising/Editorial Supplement and Brochure/Rate Card. There were 253 total entries. The contest was judged by a team of advertising professionals.

View the list of Advertising Awards finalists

Advertising entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Contemporary appeal
  • Effective use of photos, art, graphics, typography and color (if applicable)
  • Suitability for respective audiences

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in Chicago.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org

ACP Awards Week Day 1: Photo Excellence and Cartooning

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists in the first two Individual Awards of the 2012 ACP Roll-Out Week. Each day this week, ACP will announce the finalists for one or more of the 2012 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The 2012 Cartooning and Photo Excellence Awards were accepted through online submission. The Photo Excellence contest is co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and honors student photographers in five categories: General News, Spot News, Feature, Sports and Environmental Portrait. Entries are judged based on technical quality, artistic value and journalistic content. There were over 813 entries this year.

View the list of Photo Excellence finalists

The Cartooning Awards contest is co-sponsored by Universal Uclick. And honors cartoonists in two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Cartoon Panel/Strip. Entries are judged based on reader impact, community importance, artistic quality and originality and clarity of message. There were 164 entries this year.

View the list of Cartooning finalists

First through fifth place winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in Chicago.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP hires director of community engagement

The National Scholastic Press Association and Associated Collegiate Press are pleased to announce the hiring of Lindsay Grome as director of community engagement. Her experience in journalism, marketing and communication — as well as her passion for NSPA/ACP’s mission — make her a great addition to the team. In addition to more than five years as a broadcast and freelance journalist, she was also a member of her high school newspaper staff.

In this new position for NSPA and ACP, Grome will facilitate activities where members connect, engage, network and celebrate, including supporting convention planning, coordinating exhibits and trade shows and developing new projects.

Grome will begin June 6 in the Minneapolis office.

She worked most recently in marketing and communication at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and previously at Lakeshore Public Television and Radio in Merrillville, Ind. An Ohio native, she earned a B.S. in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is pursuing a M.A. in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota.

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2012 ACP Online Pacemaker Finalists

2012 ACP ONLINE PACEMAKER FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Contact Grace Christiansen, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at grace@studentpress.org.

View the list of finalists

55 finalists have been selected in the 2012 ACP Online Pacemaker contest out of a total of 270 entries. Contest entries have steadily increased in recent years, with 2012 yielding a nine percent increase from 2011.

The contest was judged by a panel of professionals with extensive online media experience. Judges noted that the most successful sites displayed excellence in writing and editing, in-depth coverage, site design, interactivity, photography, and reactions to breaking news.

Online Pacemaker winners will be announced at the 91st Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2012. Comments from the judging team will be posted shortly after the convention.

2011 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2011 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists Announced

View the list of finalists

The 2011 ACP Yearbook Pacemaker contest yielded a total of 53 entries. A team of judges comprised of experienced journalism professionals and educators traveled to Minneapolis in late January to select the finalists.

Judges commented that the books chosen as finalists had elegant and sophisticated design, balanced coverage, strong and detailed writing, outstanding photography and comprehensive themes.

Entries were divided into two proportionate categories based on total page count. Judges completed an initial elimination round and considered a number of factors as disqualifiers, such as illegal photo usage or lack of body copy.

After the elimination round, judges spent a day and a half selecting the 16 finalists.

The Pacemaker winners will be announced for the first time at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2012.

Details for ACP Seattle Media+ attendees

So you’re all signed up for the ACP Midwinter National College Newspaper Convention in Seattle, Media+. We wanted to give you a few reminders to ensure a smooth convention. Please make sure that everyone in your group has this information.

Check out the convention program, available now at the ACP website: http://bit.ly/acpseaprogram

It tells you where and when to show up. Check-in/Registration opens at 9 a.m. Thursday on the ballroom level (one down from the lobby). Priority will go to those in the 10 a.m. sessions.

FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE
We still have spots available in our Seattle Experience, newsroom management, advanced photojournalism, advertising, design, reporting and advising short course workshops on Thursday. If you have not signed up and want to, contact Jackie in our office at (612) 625-1857 or jackie@studentpress.org and she will add that to your registration. You can also sign up when you arrive, but we can’t guarantee space or materials.

FOR AFTERHOURS FUN
+ Thursday: Special advance screening of the new movie, “Silent House,” which will be in theaters March 9. Theater is six blocks away at Pacific Place. It starts at 7 p.m. Get a pass in the exhibit area of the hotel on Thursday afternoon.
+ Friday: Special sponsored press conference with Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, directors of “Silent House,” at 4:30 p.m. Open only to convention attendees. Name badges required.

FOR A CHANCE AT AN AWARD
Enter our Best of Show contests. Enter your newspaper, websites and interactive online media. Sign up for all Best of Show contests by 4 p.m. Friday. Best of Show is free to ACP members, but others pay $25 per entry.

FOR YOUR IMPROVEMENT
Sign up on site for a critique for your newspaper. Check the program for the best time for your group. Stop by the check-in desk and pick a time, drop off your paper and then meet your evaluator in the West Room at the appointed time. There is no additional charge for a critique. Bring a few extra copies of your newspaper and ad rate cards to leave on the exchange table.

FOR A CHEAP RIDE TO THE HOTEL
Seattle has light rail from the airport to downtown. From baggage claim, follow directions up one level to the parking garage. You will see signs for the Link Light Rail. Walk through the garage along the designated path (covered but outdoors). Pay the fare of $2.75. The airport is the end of the line, so you can only go downtown. Trains depart every 7.5 to 15 minutes depending on time of day. Get off at the University Street station. The trip is approximately 36 minutes with all stops. (If you miss University Street, the next stop, Westlake, is the last stop.) From University Street station (Third Street and Seneca), walk south and east to Sixth and Madison (5 blocks total). One note: The walk from Third to Sixth is uphill and pretty steep.

FOR SOME NEIGHBORHOOD & DOWNTOWN HIGHLIGHTS
+ The Renaissance Seattle hotel is within a few blocks of shopping and for fine and low-cost dining. Ask us. We’ll point you in the right direction.
+ Want to take in a tour? Sightseeing of Seattle has a two-hour tour with all the highlights. http://www.sightseeingofseattle.com/
+ Do two famous Seattle highlights in one trip. To get to the Space Needle, walk 6-7 blocks to Westlake Center and catch the Monorail. Ride it to Seattle Center to see the Space Needle.
+ The EMP Museum (http://www.empmuseum.org/) is a fantastic experience for anyone who likes music, science fiction and pop culture. The Monorail passes through the EMP at Seattle Center.
+ Across the street is the just-opened visitor center for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is free and open to the public. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/500-Fifth/Pages/visitor-center-of-our-new-campus.aspx

FOR YOUR PACKING
Seattle’s weather during the convention will live up to stereotype. Plan for daytime highs in the 40s and 50s with scattered showers. It’s rarely a downpour in Seattle, but visitors might want an umbrella. As for attire, we want you to be comfortable. You don’t need to dress up — casual to business casual is appropriate.

FOR YOUR COMMUNICATING
Follow us on Twitter: @acpress and use the hashtag #acpsea
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acpress

NO REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS BUT SUBS ALLOWED
If you get close to the convention and realize someone cannot attend, be sure to get a substitute. ACP does not allow refunds for the convention registration, but we do allow substitutions.

PLEASE PAY ON TIME
We’re pleased that most attendees have already paid. Help us avoid a lot of invoices and reminders by sending in your payment or bringing a check to the convention. It really does help!

QUESTIONS?
Give us a call at (612) 625-8335 or send email to info@studentpress.org and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.