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Winners will be announced on Jan. 30. Registration does not include travel expenses, hotel reservations or other expenses.

Visit the convention website for more information.

ACP Best of the Midwest early-bird registration deadline extended

ACP Best of the Midwest

With so many students and advisers starting classes this week, the deadline has been extended to Jan. 27. Register here today.

Join the Associated Collegiate Press in Minneapolis ​for dozens of sessions on basic and advanced journalism skills across media, plus leadership development.

And, register for outstanding Short Courses for just $39 each:

  • Multimedia Newsroom Management
  • Reporting for Social Media
  • Trifecta of Reporting

​These in​-depth courses are sprinkled through the convention, so you don’t have to arrive early and spend an extra night at the Radisson Blu. To get the ACP convention rate, please make a reservation by Jan. 22.

Keynote speakers Scott Libin, Boyd Huppert and Regina McCombs will engage students about why journalism matters.

We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 6.


Keynote Speakers

Boyd Huppert 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7

Boyd Huppert, a Wisconsin native, is a visual storyteller. As a reporter at KARE-TV in the Twin Cities, he’s been honored with a national Emmy, 12 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple Sigma Delta Chi, Gabriel and National Headliner awards.


The video below helped him win his ninth and tenth Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Scott Libin 5 p.m. Friday
Scott Libin, the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was most recently V.P. of news and content at Internet Broadcasting. He has led newsrooms at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and WGHP-TV in Greensboro, N.C., was twice a full-time member of the resident faculty at the Poynter Institute. He has trained journalists from Newfoundland to South Africa to China.
Regina McCombs 11 a.m. Sunday
Regina McCombs, senior editor for visual news at Minnesota Public Radio News taught multimedia, mobile and social journalism for five years at the Poynter Institute. Earlier, she was senior producer for multimedia at and a field producer and photographer at KARE-TV.

ACP Yearbook Pacemaker entry deadline is Thursday, Jan. 15

Don’t miss your opportunity to compete for the most prestigious award in collegiate journalism.

Yearbooks produced during the 2013-14 academic year are being accepted for competition.

Yearbooks must be received by Jan. 15, so you must act quickly.

Read details and download the entry form here.

The awards will be presented at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Journalism Convention, Oct. 28Nov. 1 at the Hilton in Austin, Texas.

Questions? Send a note to or call 612-625-4337.

NSPA, ACP and MHSPA new staff announced

Dear members, partners and all interested parties,

I am proud to announce the addition of staff and consultants who will help ensure that membership needs are met as technology and new business models continue to reshape journalism. Three of the four positions are based at our Minneapolis headquarters.

  • Laura Widmer joins the staff as full-time associate director in January 2015.
  • Sarah Cavanah will serve a seven-month term appointment as associate director from January to July 31, 2015.
  • Kirsten Chang became full-time contest and critiques coordinator on Dec. 1.
  • Ann Visser began her consulting role from Iowa on Dec. 1, which will continue through the end of May. While working on special projects for NSPA and MHSPA, Visser’s role on the Board of Directors will be as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

In completing my first year as executive director, I’ve examined all aspects of NSPA, ACP and MHSPA, with the goals of ensuring excellence and offering new resources and opportunities for the student-directed news organizations and publications that we serve.

For the digital natives who comprise these enterprises, the best practices of journalism and ethics remain at the core of their work. In addition, disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship will shape their careers.

In May, ACP forged a partnership with NewsU, the Poynter Institute’s online learning arm. ACP basic members receive a 20 percent discount on select NewsU courses and certificate programs.

ACP Premium members add $99 to basic membership and receive an in-depth critique from ACP and a 40 percent discount on select NewsU courses and certificate programs.

In 2015, I’ll be focused on new partnership opportunities and strengthening our current ones, along with overseeing an overhaul of websites and updating publications.


About our new team members:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKirsten Chang is from Asheville, N.C. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a degree in English. For three years, she worked at the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, helping promote journalistic excellence through events and contests.

Her passion for journalism began at Charles D. Owen High in Black Mountain, N.C., when she worked on staff of The Hoofbeat. In college, she wrote for and edited Blue & White, the monthly features magazine on campus.

Chang also reported for and co-produced Carolina Connection, the university’s radio newsmagazine, helping the staff win the title of Best Student Radio Newscast from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2012.

Chang enjoys reading, writing and traveling. Before she began as contest and critique coordinator at NSPA/ACP in December, Chang completed a month-long solo road trip up the east coast. Contact her at or 612-625-4337.


CutlineLaura Widmer will work closely with me closely on all things ACP, as well as other duties as assigned.

“I am elated to be a part of the team. I believe this is an exciting time in our industry,” Widmer said. “We will examine the possibilities of how to provide our members the skill sets needed to improve their specific media outlets. We will continue to provide amazing conventions, conferences and workshops, as well as look at services available to our membership. This is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I look forward to working with Diana and the team.”

Widmer most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Iowa State Daily Media Group in Ames. During her tenure at the Daily, which began in August 2012, Widmer established new university funding of $200,000 and increased student government funding by 22 percent.

Prior to Iowa State, for 29 years Widmer was Director of Student Publications at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. While at Northwest, her students won multiple Pacemakers and Pacemaker finalists from ACP, as well as Crown Awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Both publications are in the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame.

Her staffs focused on innovation at Northwest. The Northwest Missourian was one of the first college newspapers to go online, and it also was one of the few college newspapers to provide complete coverage of the city and campus to its readers. The Missourian was also one of the first college papers to report stories with multimedia components for its online readers. The Tower yearbook provided unique coverage techniques to its readers by providing first an interactive CD, and then a DVD of bonus coverage.

Widmer has been recognized by the College Media Association with the Honor Roll Distinguished Yearbook Adviser Award, Distinguished Yearbook Adviser Award and Distinguished Multimedia Adviser Award. She is also a member of the College Media Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri College Media Association Hall of Fame.

Widmer served CMA in various roles over her 32 years of advising. She served as yearbook committee chair, vice president, president and past president of CMA. She also served as New York Convention Director for five years.

Besides convention planning, she has focused on student training via workshops. Widmer founded the Yearbook Workshop and Idea Forum, and along with colleagues at Iowa State Daily, co-founded the Journalism Leadership and Management Conference.

Widmer has served on the board of directors for National Scholastic Press/Associated Collegiate Press, Student Press Law Center, Iowa Newspaper Association and Missouri Association of Faculty Senates. She also started a newspaper, Chariton Valley News Press, in her hometown of Salisbury, Mo. She continues to write a column for that newspaper today.


sarahOver the next seven months, Sarah Cavanah will be in the office 25 hours a week and work closely with me on all things NSPA and MHSPA.

Cavanah began working in mass communication while at Marceline (Mo.) High School, simultaneously serving as editor of her high school newspaper and as a reporter and eventual interim editor of The Marceline Press, a weekly newspaper serving a rural Missouri town. (She was a fixture at the newspaper — literally. A poster-sized photo of her as a toddler with Mickey Mouse hung for decades on the walls, taken when her mother was a typesetter at the paper.)

She attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship, where she won several collegiate and professional writing and design awards, including an honorable mention for Reporter of the Year from the Associated Collegiate Press, as a beat, feature and eventual senior writer at The Oklahoma Daily, an independent newspaper serving both the campus and wider community of Norman.

The next year, Cavanah earned Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards for first place in news writing and second place in feature writing for her coverage of and leading up to the opening of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. In 2000, she was selected to the Dow Jones News Fund copyediting internship program, studying at the Temple University training camp, followed by positions at Newsday on Long Island as part of the news and feature sections.

After graduating summa cum laude in 2001 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and anthropology, Cavanah took a position as assistant editor at Mother Earth News Magazine, a 300,000-circulation national bimonthly publication serving the sustainable living community.

She then transferred over to public relations, first serving as communications coordinator for Dana College in Blair, Neb., and then as director of public relations at College of St. Mary in Omaha. During this time Cavanah also freelanced for an educational publishing company, writing two nonfiction books for middle school-aged reluctant readers and more than 50 English, reading and writing skills workbooks for primary, middle and high school grades, as well as more than 10 teacher companion titles.

In 2007, she returned to Oklahoma to pursue her graduate education, earning a master’s in professional writing in 2010 and a master’s in journalism in 2012. During this time, she served as the Lachenmeyer Fellow for Oklahoma Scholastic Media (formerly Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association), the oldest continuous organization serving high school journalists in the world, and served as interim executive director for the 2010-2011 academic year.

While there, she was an active presence at conferences, teaching sessions on writing, editing, and design, as well as supervising and participating in judging contests. Two of her favorite activities were teaching, advising, and coaching at the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative Workshop, a weeklong training camp for high school advisers awarded grants to start or improve publications, and at the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, a scholarship camp for aspiring high school journalists.

Cavanah entered the doctoral program at the University of Minnesota in 2012 and is on track to complete her degree in 2016. Her research focus is on community media, including student media. She has been volunteering for NSPA and MHSPA for the last two years.


annAnn Visser has been involved in journalism since her junior year of high school where she was a member of the high school publications staff at North Nodaway High School in Hopkins, Mo. She continued her education at nearby Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, where she graduated with honors in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an English/journalism emphasis. There, she became acquainted with both Linda Puntney and Laura Widmer as Puntney advised the student yearbook of which Visser and Widmer were both staff members.

After graduation, Visser accepted a job teaching English/journalism at Gallatin (Mo.) High School where she taught from 1983-1985. A move to Minnesota meant being away from the classroom for two years, but Visser did advise a four-person newspaper staff at Foley (Minn.) High School during one of those years.

When the English/journalism position opened at Pella (Iowa) Community High School, Visser moved south and began her 31-year career there. The program expanded from one journalism section per day to two journalism sections daily to, ultimately, a full-time journalism position. Pella High was one of the first high school journalism programs in Iowa to use desktop publishing for both publications, making that move in 1987. It was a consistent award winner during Visser’s tenure.

Early in her career, Visser connected with the Iowa High School Press Association and began serving as a regional director, secretary, vice president, and, eventually president. She was presented that organization’s Kenneth Stratton Award as Iowa Journalism Teacher of the Year and was also inducted into the IHSPA Hall of Fame.

In addition to presenting sessions at the state and national level and teaching summer workshops, Visser became integrally involved with the Journalism Education Association where she reconnected with Puntney, her college adviser. She served that organization in several capacities, including state director, regional director, secretary, vice president, president, and, past president. She was awarded JEA’s Medal of Merit and its Lifetime Achievement Award, along with its highest award, the Carl Towley Award. Additionally, she is also an NSPA Pioneer and a Dow Jones Distinguished Adviser.

Visser has continued her involvement in the world of scholastic journalism by serving on the NSPA Board of Directors and the Quill and Scroll Board of Directors.


We look forward to working with you in 2015.

Best regards,
Diana Mitsu Klos

Want training in journalism, multimedia and leadership? Tight budget? Read on.

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce a call for session ideas, plus has opened registration and hotel guest room blocks for its two upcoming conventions. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we encourage you to make your transportation plans now.


Sheraton Universal | Los Angeles | Feb. 26-March 1, 2015

With more than 150 sessions and 850 attendees, make new contacts and launch your career here. Along with sessions and Short Courses, there are plentiful opportunities to connect with fellow students, advisers and pros, critiques, media tours and Best of Show.

To help you network, solve problems and share victories, we’ll have roundtable discussions for editors-in-chief, advisers at four-year schools and advisers are two-year schools. Also meet exhibitors from four year colleges, grad schools and more.

Learn what’s new with multimedia student news organizations that distribute on paper and/or digital and online platforms, broadcast journalism, yearbooks and magazines. This convention draws students from throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.

Hotel rate: $185/night plus tax, single to quad (that’s $213.80 per night, including tax). There are dozens of low-moderate priced restaurants steps from the hotel.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport, BRB, is closest to the hotel. You can also find competitive rates to Los Angeles International Airport, LAX.

ACP 31st annual National College Journalism Convention registration, hotel and other details are on our convention website. It will be updated regularly. Please bookmark.


Radisson Blu | Minneapolis | Feb. 6-8, 2015

Dozens of training sessions and short courses, opportunities to connect with fellow students, advisers and pros, critiques, Best of Show, a complimentary luncheon for advisers and reception for all attendees.

We normally draw about 200-250 attendees, so there’s time for a lot of personalized attention. We understand that many attendees don’t get to go to national conventions, so we ensure the same quality you would find at a big convention. You might find a connection to help you land an internship, job or transfer to a four-year college or grad school.

Best of the Midwest convention typically draws students and advisers from Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas. Most drive to Minneapolis to save money, Still, it’s not strictly a midwest event. Last year, student delegations from as far away as Vermont and the Philippines attended, and not all speakers are local.

The ACP room block is $115 per night, plus tax, single or double (total comes to $130.41 per night with tax). Once you get to the hotel, shed your coat and boots: the hotel is connected by skyway to downtown restaurants, shopping and more. The city’s light rail transit system (nearest stop is two blocks from the hotel) makes it easy to get to and from the airport, Radisson Blu, and attractions that include the Mall of America.

ACP Best of the Midwest registration, hotel and other details are on our convention website. It will be updated regularly. Please bookmark.




50-minute sessions, Short Courses, roundtables and other events are led by advisers, pros and teams of student leaders. We welcome your ideas and participation. You name it: Online/digital, newspaper, magazines, yearbooks, broadcast. Plus, core journalism skills, leadership, ethics, diversity, team building, emerging business models. Or, pitch a new idea.

Propose a session for ACP Best of the Midwest by Dec. 5.
Propose a session for ACP 31st annual National College Journalism Convention by Dec. 12.

While we cannot accept every submission, we appreciate you taking the time and effort. We will respond to everyone, whether or not your proposal is accepted.

If you have any ideas about keynote speakers, special events or would rather simply talk through an idea before submitting it, contact ACP executive director at

2014 National College Media Convention Best of Show

The following were awarded ACP Best of Show at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.


2014 ACP Best of Show Awards

Literary Magazine

1. Archarios, Coastal Carolina Univ., Conway, S.C.

2. Broken Ink, Univ. of South Carolina, Aiken, Aiken, S.C.

3. Colonnades, Elon Univ., Elon, N.C.

4. The Peel, Appalachian State Univ., Boone, N.C.

5. Telolith, Seward County CC, Liberal, Kan.

6. Scrawl, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.

7. Breakwall, Cuyahoga CC, Cleveland, Ohio

8. Dae Dalian, Texas Woman’s Univ., Denton, Texas

Multimedia Package

1. The Pendulum, Elon Univ., Elon, N.C.

2. Mustang Daily, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, Calif.

3. The Vermont Cynic, Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

Feature Magazine

1. Panorama, Univ. of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas

2. El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.

3. AWOL (American Way of Life), American Univ., Washington, D.C.

4. Tusk, California State Univ., Fullerton

5. A Modest Proposal, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

6. Emerge, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario

7. SCAN, Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta (Ga.)

8. Distraction, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

9. Drake Magazine, Drake Univ. School of Journalism, Des Moines, Iowa

10. ID Magazine, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa

Four-year Daily

1. The Daily Tar Heel, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2. The Daily Iowan, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

3. Iowa State Daily, Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa

4. The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, Pa.

5. The Daily Titan, California State Univ., Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif.

6. Daily Egyptian, Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale, Carbondale, Ill.

7. Technician, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.

8. The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, W.V.

9. The Daily Eastern News, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston, Ill.

10. The Baylor Lariat, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas

Four-year Non-weekly

1. The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.

2. The Baker Orange, Baker Univ., Baldwin City, Kan.

3. The Mercury, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

4. The Reflector, Univ. of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

5. The Banner, California Baptist Univ., Riverside, Calif.

6. The Reflector, Mount Royal Univ., Calgary, Alberta

7. The Navigator, Jacksonville Univ., Jacksonville, Fla.

8. Signal, California State Univ., Stanislaus, Turlock, Calif.

9. The Rattler, St. Mary’s Univ., San Antonio, Texas

10. Pauw Wow, St. Peter’s Univ., Jersey City, N.J.

Four-year Weekly Broadsheet

1. Collegian, South Dakota State Univ., Brookings, S.D.

2. The Argonaut, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

3. The Orion, California State Univ., Chico, Chico, Calif.

4. The Murray State News, Murray State Univ., Murray, Ky.

5. The Northwest Missourian, Northwest Missouri State Univ., Maryville, Mo.

6. The Shorthorn, Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

7. Marlin Chronicle, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va.

8. The Rocket, Slippery Rock Univ., Slippery Rock, Pa.

9. College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.

10. The Arkansas Traveler, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

Four-year Weekly Tabloid

1. Ka Leo O Hawai’i, Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

2. DePaulia, DePaul Univ., Chicago, Ill.

3. The Pendulum, Elon Univ., Elon, N.C.

4. Daily Nebraskan, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.

5. Whitworthian, Whitworth Univ., Spokane, Wash.

6. The Vermont Cynic, Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

7. The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.

8. Emerald Media, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

9. Alestle, Southern Illinois Univ.-Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Ill.

10. The Mace & Crown, Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, Va.

Special Edition

1. The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis.

2. The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

3. Emerald Media, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

4. The Vermont Cynic, Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

5. The Signal, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta, Ga.

6. The Appalachian, Appalachian State Univ., Boone, N.C.

7. The Daily Titan, California State Univ., Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif.

8. Mustang Daily, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, Calif.

9. The Oakland Post, Oakland Univ., Rochester, Mich.

10. The Shorthorn, Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Two-year Broadsheet

1. The Voice, Washtenaw CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.

2. The Collegian, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas

3. Union, El Camino College, Torrance, Calif.

4. The Foghorn, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas

5. The Sentinel, North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

6. The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

7. Crusader, Seward County CC, Liberal, Kan.

Two-year Tabloid

1. Wingspan, Laramie County CC, Cheyenne, Wyo.

2. The Et Cetera, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

3. The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis.

4. Hudsonian, Hudson Valley CC, Troy, N.Y.

5. City College News, Minneapolis Community and Tech College, Minneapolis, Minn.

6. The Weal, SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta

7. The Montage, St. Louis CC, Meramec, St. Louis, Mo.

8. Northwest Trail, Northwest College, Powell, Wyo.

9. The Glacier, Moraine Valley CC, Palos Hills, Ill.

10. Patriot Press, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Fla.

Website Large School

1. The Shorthorn, Univ. of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

2. The Daily Tar Heel, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

3. Spinnaker, Univ. of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.

4. Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

5. Ka Leo O Hawai’i, Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

6. Mustang Daily, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, Calif.

7. Union, El Camino College, Torrance, Calif.

8. The Arkansas Traveler, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

9. The Orion, California State Univ., Chico, Chico, Calif.

10. The Baylor Lariat, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas

Website Small School

1. The Baker Orange, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan.

2. The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

3. Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario

4. The Pendulum, Elon Univ., Elon, N.C.

5. Old Gold and Black, Wake Forest Univ., Winston-Salem, N.C.

6. Tulane Hullabaloo, Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.

7. Guilfordian, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

8. The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.

9. The Chimes, Biola Univ., La Mirada, Calif.

10. Wichitan, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Yearbook 300 or More Pages

1. Ibis, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

2. Round Up, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas

3. Agromeck, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.

4. Talisman, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.

5. The Michiganensian, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

6. Campanile, Rice Univ., Houston, Texas

7. Razorback, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

8. Tower, Northwest Missouri State Univ., Maryville, Mo.

Yearbook Fewer than 300 pages

1. Warbler, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston, Ill.

2. Crossings, Roger Williams Univ., Bristol, R.I.

3. Angelos, California Baptist Univ., Riverside, Calif.

4. Templar, Temple Univ., Philadelphia, Pa.

5. Kanza, Pittsburg State Univ., Pittsburg, Kan.

6. Excalibur, Evangel Univ., Springfield, Mo.

7. Natsihi, Whitworth Univ., Spokane, Wash.

8. Griffon, Missouri Western State Univ., St. Joseph, Mo.

9. Ilium, Taylor Univ., Upland, Ind.

Pacemaker and Individual Award winners announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia

The Associated Collegiate Press announced the winners of the Pacemaker and and Individual Awards on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention. Click the links below to view winners in each category.

2014 Magazine Pacemaker Winners
2013 Yearbook Pacemaker Winners
2014 Online Pacemaker Winners
2014 Newspaper Pacemaker Winners

2014 Advertising Award Winners
2014 Cartooning Award Winners
2014 Reporter of the Year Winners
2014 Design of the Year Winners
2014 Photo Excellence Winners
2014 Story of the Year Winners
2014 Multimedia Story of the Year Winners

Two distinguished scholastic journalism leaders named to the NSPA-ACP Board of Directors

Jeanne Acton of Texas, journalism director of the University Interscholastic League, and Laurie Hansen of Minnesota, a 25-year adviser and leading voice among Minnesota high school journalism educators, joined the National Scholastic Press Association-Associated Collegiate Press Board of Directors this month.

“Jeanne and Laurie have each demonstrated consistent leadership, a passion for youth journalism and commitment to best practices and partnerships,” said board President Al Tims, Ph.D. “They join a board whose members have deep expertise and are proactive and engaged.”

Jeanne Acton

Jeanne Acton

Acton started at the University Interscholastic League, one of the largest scholastic press programs in the nation, in 2004. In addition to UIL journalism director, she is director of the Interscholastic League Press Conference, which sponsors yearbook, broadcast, and print and online newspaper competitions for Texas middle and high schools.

Acton started her journalism career as a sophomore in high school when she heard the Journalism I class was a blow-off. It was not. She loved the work and stayed for the next three years, working her way up to editor-in-chief of the Duncanville High School newspaper, Panther Prints.

After high school, Acton earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. During her undergraduate studies, Acton worked for the Daily Texan, the UT student newspaper. She started as a designer and reporter and finished her four-year stint as the managing editor.

After a short run at a community newspaper and a few internships, Jeanne started teaching journalism. During her decade of teaching, she advised newspaper, broadcast, and yearbook programs and coached softball at Lyndon Baines Johnson High School in Austin, Texas. As the newspaper adviser, her students won top awards at both the state and national level.

After a decade in the classroom, Acton was an assistant principal for three years.

These days, when Acton isn’t in the classroom as part of her UIL leadership role, she continues to teach writing and still practices the trade on a regular basis. She both freelances and keeps a semi-regular blog. Her most recent story is about her neighbor, a young mother of two, who died after a very brief battle with cancer.

Acton is married to John Shanks, and the couple has two boys, Charlie and Joey.

Laurie Hansen

Laurie Hansen

Laurie Hansen, a certified journalism educator, has advised the Kabekonian yearbook and Stylus creative arts magazine at Stillwater (Minn.) Area High School for 25 years. She also advised the Pony Express newspaper for ten years. She has fought battles over censorship and lived to tell the tale.

Her staff’s publications have won state and national NSPA Pacemaker and Best of Show awards as well as Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Hansen teaches Journalism and English 12.

Hansen serves as the Minnesota state director for Journalism Education Association, president of Journalism Educators of Minnesota and served as the co-chair of the 2011 JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention that was held in Minneapolis. Hansen is an NSPA Pioneer and a past Journalism Educator of the year.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and master’s degree from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University.

Hansen also freelances, and her latest piece was a first person account of her latest trip to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, which included a hike to the North Face Everest Base Camp.

Acton and Hansen succeed Monica Hill of North Carolina and Tim Dorway of Minnesota.

They join current NSPA-ACP board members Dr. Tims; Christopher J. Ison, University of Minnesota; Peter Bobkowski, Ph.D., University of Kansas; Laura York Guy, Garden City (Kan.) Community College; Ron Johnson, Indiana University; Valerie Kibler, Harrisonburg (Va.) High School; Seth Lewis, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Sara Quinn, Ball State University and affiliate, Poynter Institute; and Ann Visser, retired from Pella (Iowa) Community High School.

The National Scholastic Press Association, home of the Pacemaker, was founded in 1921. A 501(c)3 organization, it includes the Associated Collegiate Press and Minnesota High School Press Association. All are steadfast in their mission to serve student media and advisers, introduce new ideas and reinforce best practices, reward excellence, embrace diversity, and provide ample networking and partnership opportunities.

2014 ACP Online Pacemaker Finalists

Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce finalists for the Online Pacemaker, which will be presented on Nov. 1 at the Fall National College Media Convention in Philadelphia (Oct. 29-Nov. 2)

The Weal
SAIT Polytechnic
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mars’ Hill Online
Trinity Western Univ.
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Camosun College
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Chimes
Biola Univ.
La Mirada, Calif.
Loyola Marymount Univ.
Los Angeles

Mustang News
California Polytechnic State Univ.
San Luis Obispo

The Review
Univ. of Delaware

Univ. of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.

The Miami Hurricane
Univ. of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.

The Daily Illini
Univ. of Illinois

The Columbia Chronicle
Columbia College

The Red Line Project
DePaul Univ.

The Medill Justice Project
Northwestern Univ.
Evanston, Ill.

The Harvard Crimson
Harvard Univ.
Cambridge, Mass.

The State News
Michigan State Univ.
East Lansing

Minnesota Daily
Univ. of Minnesota

The Daily Princetonian
Princeton (N.J.) Univ.

The Ithacan
Ithaca (N.Y.) College

The Daily Orange
Syracuse (N.Y.) Univ.

The NewsHouse
Syracuse (N.Y.) Univ.

The Peel
Appalachian State Univ.
Boone, N.C.

The Daily Tar Heel
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Wake Forest Univ.
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Geneva Voice
Geneva College
Beaver Falls, Pa.

The Temple News
Temple Univ.

The Daily Collegian
Pennsylvania State Univ.
State College

The Vancougar
Washington State Univ., Vancouver

The Pioneer
Whitman College
Walla Walla, Wash.

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