CSU, Chico News

Orion Student Newspaper Wins National Awards

Date: 11-10-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Mark Plenke, Adviser

California State University, Chico’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, has received the Associated College Press’ (ACP) Newspaper Pacemaker Award, one of college media’s highest achievements. The award was announced at the ACP’s national convention in Philadelphia Nov. 1.

This marks the 12th time The Orion has received the Pacemaker, which recognizes coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; and photography, graphics and design.

This is the 20th time the paper has been nominated in its 34-year history. The Orion, which publishes a weekly print edition and maintains content at theorion.com, was a recipient in the four-year non-daily category.

Besides the Pacemaker, The Orion also picked up third place in the Best of Show competition for four-year weekly broadsheet newspapers and ninth place in Best of Show for large-school websites.

Additionally, Orion photographer Emily Teague took fifth place in the competition for feature photojournalism and received an honorable mention in environmental portrait photojournalism.

Orion editor-in-chief Ernesto Rivera and managing editor Mozes Zarate traveled to the ACP’s conference in Philadelphia to accept the awards.

News co-editor David McVicker also attended the conference, representing both The Orion and The Sun, the student-run newspaper at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, which he edited last year and which also won a Pacemaker.

“The Pacemaker is a competition for the best college papers in the country, so it’s an honor just to be nominated, but it’s great to win another,” said Orion adviser Mark Plenke. “The Orion has been so successful in this contest, I think, because the students take their jobs as journalists very seriously, their training in our department is first-rate, and their newsroom culture emphasizes professionalism.”

ACP and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation have co-sponsored the Newspaper Pacemaker competition since 1971. ACP began the awards in 1927.

The Orion, established in 1975, is part of CSU, Chico’s nationally accredited Department of Journalism and Public Relations. The print newspaper is available on Wednesdays during the academic year, and daily content can be found at theorion.com as well as through the paper’s mobile application and on social media. In 2005, The Orion was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for its record of achievements.