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Kent State student media honored with national awards

Posted Feb. 13, 2010
By Shantae Rollins
JMC's student media received two national Pacemaker Awards at the Associated College Press (ACP) convention.

Both the Daily Kent Stater and KentNewsNet were honored for their outstanding work. No other university in the country won in both daily categories.

The 2009 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest yielded 228 entries from across the country. The Poynter Institute judged submissions using specific criteria: coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; evidence of in-depth reporting; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics.

Carl Schierhorn, the Daily Kent Stater faculty advisor, said he has zero control over the content, although students seek his opinion in the newsroom.

"Working with the student journalists is terrific," Schierhorn said. "It's the best part of my job. Watching them get outside recognition is even better. Winning two awards can be terrific for recruiting students who will go out and win more awards for us."

College publications across the nation submitted approximately 45 percent more entries than the previous year to the 2009 ACP Online Pacemaker contest. The entries were divided into the following categories: Four-Year Daily Newspaper, Four-Year Non-Daily Newspaper, Two-Year Newspaper and Non-newspaper sites, including Broadcast, Yearbook, Magazine and Online-only publications.

Susan Zake, faculty advisor for KentNewsNet, said she enjoys working with students who are motivated to produce the best content they can from day to day.

"No news operation can ignore its Web presence, and we've worked hard to make ours a priority, along with maintaining the quality of our more traditional products," Zake said. "We've also worked hard on building collaborative relationships in our newsroom that benefit all of the media we have. Winning both awards is nice recognition for our students and affirmation that we're working in the right direction."

ACP is the oldest national membership organization for college student journalists.