Mustang Media Group Named ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist

Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition this week with its first Newspaper Pacemaker finalist nomination from the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) 2018 competition.


The Pacemaker Awards, collegiate journalism’s pre-eminent awards, are granted by the Associated College Press, a national college media association, and have been presented annually since 1927. The Newspaper Pacemaker finalists uphold the highest standards in college student media and are evaluated on journalism content, coverage and design, according to the organization’s website.

ACP nominated 37 schools for the national honors, distinguishing Mustang News among the best student media in the country. This national recognition holds great weight for Cal Poly’s journalism program and student-run media organization. Mustang News’ student-run integrated newsroom ensures that every story is informative of the Cal Poly community and published at the highest professional standards.

“The winning newspapers took risks and served as a strong voice for its student audience,” according to ACP’s national announcement.

Mustang News is committed to providing the best possible coverage of Cal Poly’s campus and news. Journalism third-year and editor in chief of Mustang Media Group, Austin Linthicum, shares the student media group’s mission to deliver editorial excellence.

“Our team is honored to be placed among some of the top collegiate journalism in the country as a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist,” Linthicum said. “We are looking forward to building upon this momentum as we embark on the 102nd year of Mustang News.”

Mustang Media Group General Manager Paul Bittick said that this nomination proves the student media’s excellence on a national level: “A Pacemaker nomination is like the Pulitzers of student media.”

Pacemaker Award winners will be recognized at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 25-28, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mustang News holds past Online Pacemaker Awards from 2007, 2010 and 2014.

Associated Collegiate Press is a national nonprofit member association of collegiate journalism and student media leaders. ACP has over 650 members and supports students, teachers and media advisers through journalism education, recognition and training programs.

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