"The Pacemaker is the most prestigious award in college journalism," said Dave Waddell, The Orion's faculty adviser. "Winning it more times than anyone since 1993 has put Chico State and its journalism department on the map nationally in a big way. It's an extraordinary achievement by our students."
The Orion was presented with the Pacemaker at the Associated Collegiate Press' annual college media convention October 30 through November 2 in Chicago. The Chico State weekly also won third place in the Best of Net for its Orion Online, and third place in the Best of Show on-site competition for general excellence for one issue from the fall semester.
This year's Pacemaker was for general excellence during the fall 1996 and spring 1997 semesters. The Orion was one of ten university papers competing in the non-daily category to receive the coveted award. Winners were selected from twenty finalists by a panel of judges led by Margaret Holt of the Chicago Tribune.
Current Orion Managing Editor Matt Notley accepted the Pacemaker on behalf of last year's staff. Tom Rolnicki, the ACP's executive director, described the Pacemaker during the Nov. 1 awards ceremony as "the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism." Pacemaker awards are based on a newspaper's coverage and content, writing and editing, layout and design, photography and graphics, and leadership.
The Orion has won five Pacemakers all togetherin academic years 1988-89, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97. During the 1996-97 school year, Traci Moon and Joelle Babula were managing editors, Josh Rege and Brantley Payne were art directors, and Waddell was faculty adviser.
For more information, call Dave Waddell, The Orion faculty adviser, 530- 898-4782.