Sept. 8, 2015
For the first time ever, The Oklahoma Daily is a double finalist for the Pacemaker, an award that has been called the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.
Online Pacemaker Finalists were announced in the spring. Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists were announced Sept. 2. Pacemaker winners -- both online and print -- will be announced at the National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Austin.
The Pacemaker is awarded annually by the Associated Collegiate Press.
The Daily last won an Online Pacemaker in 2009; the paper's last Newspaper Pacemaker was in 2004.
The only other double finalist this year is the Minnesota Daily.
Other print finalists in the Daily's size category are: The Crimson White (Alabama); The Daily Bruin (UCLA); Indiana Daily Student; The Daily News (Ball State); and The Daily Tar Heel (UNC).
Other online finalists in the Daily's category are The Daily Wildcat (Arizona); UATRAV.COM (Arkansas), Daily Trojan (USC), Golden Gate Xpress (San Francisco State), El Don (Santa Ana, Calif., College), and the Kansas State Collegian.
The Daily is also a finalist for seven Organizational Pinnacle Awards and six Individual Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association. Those awards also will be announced in October at the National College Media Convention.
The Oklahoma Daily and AdForce won awards in nine of 12 categories of the Oklahoma Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including six firsts. The firsts are in:
Event 1: News content
Event 4: Sales promotion
Event 6: Editorial comment
Event 8: News writing
Event 9: Feature writing
Event 12: Community leadership (for a p.1 editorial on Nov. 12, 2014, headlined "Why we are joining a lawsuit against OU," which led to release of parking records both at OU and OSU)
In addition, the paper earned a second-, third- and fourth-place in these events:
Event 3: Advertising
Event 5: In-depth enterprise
Event 10: Sports coverage
The awards will be presented at a banquet Friday, June 5, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown OKC.
The OPA Better Newspaper Contest evaluates newspapers, not individuals.
Student Media has three new student editorial leaders for the 2015-16 academic year. At a March 27 meeting, the OU Publications Board unanimously elected:
• Page Jones as editor-in-chief of The Oklahoma Daily for the summer 2015 semester. Page, a public relations junior in the fall, will also be responsible for editing Sower magazine. She was assistant managing editor in the spring.
• Joe Mussatto as editor-in-chief of The Oklahoma Daily for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Mussatto, a journalism senior in the fall, spent the spring semester in the Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington program. Before that, he was The Daily's sports editor.
• Rachel Campbell as editor-in-chief of Sooner yearbook 2016. Campbell was Sooner 2015 managing editor. She will be a professional writing senior.
Sooner yearbook 2014 won a Gold Crown and The Oklahoma Daily won a Silver Crown in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's premiere national contest. Both awards were announced March 13 at the College Media Association annual spring convention in New York.
Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. The Daily has won 25 Crown awards since 1996 (newspaper Crown awards were previously given by semesete, resulting in more than one Crown award in many years). Sooner has won 16 Crown awards in that time.
Conner Woltemath has been hired summer 2015 student advertising manager, and Harrison House will fill the same position in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Wendy Skinner will be assistant ad manager starting in the fall.
The positions were announced before spring break by advertising and marketing manager Heather Howard.
Woltemath, an advertising senior, has the student ad manager in the spring and fall as well. He will oversee a staff of five account executives and three designers.
House, entrepreneurship senior, and Skinner, advertising junior, will lead a fall staff of 15 account executives, designers and marketers.