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Two Drake publications are Pacemaker finalists

Urban Plains and Drake Magazine are finalists for this year's Pacemaker awards, the highest honor in collegiate journalism.

Two of Drake University’s student-produced publications are contenders for the nation’s most competitive award for collegiate journalism.

Drake MagazineDrake Magazine and Urban Plains are among the 30 finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press’ Pacemaker award in the category of best online publication. The print version of Drake Magazine is one of 22 finalists in the magazine category.

Drake’s publications stand alongside finalists from Yale, Syracuse, Penn State, UNC, UCLA, and other prominent public and private universities. Only one other university, Northwestern, counts two publications as finalists in the online category. The awards will be distributed during the ACP National College Media Convention, scheduled for Oct. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.
“For decades, students in Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication have earned national acclaim for producing top-quality work,” says Kathleen Richardson, dean of the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “We are all incredibly proud of our students and faculty for these honors, and for the hard work they put in every day.”

Also this week, several Drake students were named as finalists for the College Media Association’s Pinnacle awards in recognition of their work on Drake Magazine and Urban Plains. CMA will unveil its full slate of finalists in the coming weeks, and issue its awards at the Fall National College Media Convention, Oct. 26-30 in Atlanta.

In August, Drake Magazine received top honors in the Association of Journalism and Mass Communications’ national contest for student-produced magazines. Three students won individual awards at that competition, and three student publications received single-category honors. Drake Magazine earned the highest award for  general excellence, with category judge Scott Burton, executive editor of ESPN The Magazine, noting, “I’m gobsmacked by how great this entry is—every bit the equal of many professional city magazines.”