Thursday, November 08, 2007

Another Online Pacemaker!

It's fall conference season again. This year the National College Media Convention was held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24–28, and for the second consecutive year The Ithacan was awarded the Online Pacemaker Award by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers. The award recognizes overall excellence and is generally considered "the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism."
This is important recognition for our Web site which, if you read it you'll know, has become a major focus of our journalistic efforts in recent years. Gone are the days when we simply shoveled the print edition onto the Web. The Ithacan Online still has everything the print edition has, but also has breaking news, daily sports coverage and plenty of online-only features and multimedia content.
But that wasn't the only recognition the paper received at the conference. Our own Evan Falk, a junior TV-R major, took first place in the convention's "D.C. Portrait" competition, an on-site photo shoot-out that challenged the participants to capture aspects of life in the city. Evan's prize-winning photograph was of a Viet Nam vet visiting the grave of another vet who had saved his life during the war. You can check out the winning photo here. He also received honorable mention for a second photo he submitted.
The Ithacan was also recognized at the convention's Design Showcase, which identified the best work from among the papers participating in the conference. Our "Model Behavior" Accent front from October 11 was cited as an example of dynamic design, and our Accentuate and Buzzer pages were identified as the judges' favorite examples of creative presentation.
More to come on the Washington trip.
(Left to right in photo above: Assistant Sports Editor Cory Francer, Online Sports Editor Brendan O'Keefe, News writer Tristan Fowler, Editor in Chief Erica Hendry, Design Editor Lena Yue, News Editor Erin Geismar, Assistant News Editor Tricia Nadolny, and photographer Evan Falk.)

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