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Drake student publication honored with Pacemaker Award

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Drake Magazine has received the prestigious Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for general excellence in the feature-magazine category.

Drake Magazine is a biannual magazine produced entirely by students in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The online version of the magazine can be found at https://wwww.drakemagazine.com/.

“I am so proud of the accomplishments of our journalism students and faculty,” said Kathleen Richardson, director of SJMC. “Their continuing success is the result of years of hard work, preparation and commitment to excellence.”

Drake Magazine’s 2008-09 editor, Justine Blanchard, a senior magazine major from Grimes, Iowa, accepted the Pacemaker Award on Nov. 1 at the College Media Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

THiNK, a joint senior capstone project for magazine and news-Internet majors produced in the spring semester, also was a top 10 finalist for the award.

Sarah Hall of Normal, Ill., a senior magazine major and 2008-09 editor of THiNK, joined Blanchard in Kansas City to accept the award. The trip was funded by Drake’s E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.

Since 1927, the Associated Collegiate Press has awarded the National Pacemaker Awards for excellence in American student journalism for newspapers, online publications, yearbooks and magazines and broadcasts. Yearbook/magazine Pacemakers are judged based on writing, editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.

The awards are considered to be the highest national honors in student journalism. This year, a panel of judges from The New York Times Magazine selected the winners.

More about the Associated Collegiate Press and the Pacemaker Awards can be found online.