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Montage Awarded Prestigious Newspaper Pacemaker

November 06, 2009

Newspaper Pacemaker Award

KIRKWOOD -- The Montage, St. Louis Community College - Meramec's student newspaper, was awarded a Newspaper Pacemaker by the Associated Collegiate Press at its Fall 2009 National College Media Convention Oct. 31 in Austin, Texas. The Montage was one of five college newspapers in the two-year school division category of the Newspaper Pacemaker competition selected as winners, competing against colleges throughout the United States and Canada.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members. The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 82 years. Winners were selected  by a panel from The Poynter Institute, based on excellence in coverage   and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion   page, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout/design and photography, art  and graphics.

At the national convention, The Montage was initially recognized as one of 10 finalists and later as winners of the Pacemaker Award with seven staff members and the faculty adviser in attendance.

Carlos Restrepo, editor-in-chief, accepted the award on behalf of the staff. “The pacemaker is the result of the hard work of a dedicated team of students committed to reporting the campus news each week,” Restrepo said. “We could not have accomplished this without the commitment from our team of staffers and the guidance from our faculty adviser.”

Each year, The Montage competes nationally against several other two-year school newspapers from across the country, including student newspapers from the other two STLCC campuses. The Montage was inducted into the ACP Pacemaker Hall of Fame in 1988, awarded a national Pacemaker in 1991 and 1996 and named as national finalists in 2003 and 2007. 

“It is a prestigious honor for our students,” Shannon Philpott, faculty adviser, said. “The staff members work diligently to produce a solid newspaper that is creative, fair, balanced and accurate. Recognition from professional journalists and national journalism organizations is not only an indication that our students are on the right track but also confirmation that they are producing content that meets and exceeds the standards comparable to prestigious four-year journalism schools throughout the country.”

In addition to national recognition, The Montage has consistently received individual awards from the Missouri College Media Association, including Best Overall Newspaper in the two-year school division.