Creighton University’s student newspaper, The Creightonian, won a national Pacemaker award, one of the highest awards a college paper can earn, at the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, Oct. 28 - Nov. 1.
The Creighton competed with 228 papers among three categories: four-year dailies, four-year non-dailies and two-year papers, according to the Associated College Press, which directs the competition.
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?
(from ACP website)