The College Heights Herald and the Talisman won national Pacemaker awards Saturday (Nov. 3) at the National College Media Conventionin Chicago.

The national Pacemakers are considered the Pulitzer Prizes of collegiate journalism and are awarded annually at the convention co-hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association. About 2,500 student journalists from across the country attended the convention.

Eight students and four professional staff members represented the Office of Student Publications during the National College Media Convention in Chicago Oct. 31- Nov. 4. Representatives from WKU at the convention were (left to right): Owatonna, Minn., senior Sam Oldenburg; Lexington junior Taylor Harrison; Mount Washington freshman Cameron Love; Clarksville, Tenn., junior Joanna Williams; Student Publications Director Chuck Clark; Bowling Green senior Tessa Duvall; Atlanta senior Demetrius Freeman; Talisman Adviser Charlotte Turtle; Advertising Adviser John Tebault; Lousiville senior Lauren Cherry; former Student Publications Director Bob Adams; and Clarksville, Tenn., senior Amber Plunkett.

WKU was the only university to take home national Pacemakers in both newspaper and yearbook categories.

The College Heights Herald, which competes in the four-year non-daily newspaper category, has won the national Pacemaker 13 times. The Talisman has won 14 national Pacemakers.

The 2011 Talisman, Genesis, was one of five yearbooks honored by the Associated Collegiate Press during Saturday’s award ceremony. Other yearbook category Pacemaker winners were University of Miami, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University and University of Oklahoma.

Charlotte Turtle, an advertising graduate from Memphis, Tenn., was Editor-in-Chief of the 2011 Talisman. The adviser for the 2011 Talisman was Katie Clark.

The 2011-2012 Herald was one of 12 four-year, non-daily newspapers honored. Other newspaper winners were Auburn University, Occidental College, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, Florida State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston College, University of Nevada Reno, Eugene Lang College, York University and University of South Dakota.

The fall 2011 editor of the Herald was Jonathan Linter, a news-editorial journalism graduate from Louisville. Cole Claybourn, a news-editorial journalism graduate from Evansville, Ind., was the spring 2012 editor. Bob Adams was the Herald adviser and John Tebault is the advertising adviser.

Christian Randolph, a senior from Oxnard, Calif., was awarded fifth place in the ACP Sports Picture Category. Randolph also received honorable mention in the Spot News Picture category.

Jabin Botsford, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded second place in the ACP Sports Picture Category.

The Herald Spring 2012 Editorial Board was awarded second place in the ACP Editorial and Opinion Category.

Alex Weires, a graduate from LaGrange, received honorable mention in the ACP House Ad Category and the Brochure and Rate Card Category.

On Sunday (Nov. 4), The 2012 Talisman was awarded fifth place in the National College Media Convention Best of Show Competition.

Eight students represented Student Publications during the National College Media Convention in Chicago Oct. 31- Nov. 4. There were four Talisman representatives: senior Sam Oldenburg from Owatonna, Minn.; Louisville senior Lauren Cherry; and Amber Plunkett, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn. There were five Herald representatives: Lexington junior Taylor Harrison; Mount Washington freshman Cameron Love; Joanna Williams, a junior from Clarksville, Tenn.; Bowling Green senior Tessa Duvall; and Atlanta senior Demetrius Freeman.

Four professional staff members accompanied the students: Student Publications Director Chuck Clark, former Student Publications Director Bob Adams, Talisman Adviser Charlotte Turtle and Advertising Adviser John Tebault.

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