Sept. 14, 2010
Webster University Student Publications Named National Award Finalists
Webster University's two student-produced publications, The Ampersand magazine and The Journal newspaper, have recently been named finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press' 2010 Pacemaker Award. Webster is one of only two universities in the country and the only Missouri institution to have both its major publications named a finalist.
The Ampersand won last year's Pacemaker for best collegiate feature magazine and is again one of 10 finalists named in the feature magazine division this year. Editors are Emily Schmutz and Alice Telios with adviser Karen Burch. Both Telios and Schmutz graduated in May.
"It is exciting that the Ampersand is a finalist for the Pacemaker again," said Burch. "The students do an amazing job of building on the quality that previous editors and staff members set. They take it very seriously yet enjoy the process as well."
The Journal is one of 22 finalists named in the non-daily division for four-year schools. The Journal last won the Pacemaker in 1998. Kelly Kendall is the editor, Jim Rodenbush the general manager and Don Corrigan the adviser.
"When I started advising The Journal in the 1978-79 year, it was a flimsy, 4-page tabloid that frequently was a case study in grammatical horrors," recalls Corrigan. "It is a thrill for me that in my last academic year of advising, The Journal grew to be a 16-page, full-format newspaper with both national and state recognition.
Corrigan added that the 2009-2010 Journal swept the most awards at the state level and editor, Kholood Eid, was named the Missouri Photojournalist of the Year. Corrigan received the College Media Advisers 'Distinguished Adviser of the Year' in 2009 and is the only adviser in CMA history to win that award twice. In 2011 in NYC at CMA, Corrigan will be given the CMA Lifetime Adviser Award.
Pacemaker winners will be announced Oct. 30 at the National College Media Convention in Louisville, KY.