Sunday, October 31, 2010

Still Setting the Pace

The Ithacan was presented with the 2010 Online Pacemaker Award for overall excellence in online journalism on Oct. 30 at the fall National College Media Convention in Louisville, Ky. This is the fourth time in the past five years The Ithacan's website has won the national award.
The Ithacan's print edition was also presented with a Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist Award at the event.
The Pacemakers, presented each year by the Associated College Press, are the widely regarded as "the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism," and are among the most prestigious student journalism awards in the country.
In addition, the paper won second place in the newspaper category in the convention's Best of Show awards; The Ithacan's website received third place in the Web category.
Shown above, left to right: Assistant photo editor Kelsey O'Connor, assistant news editor Taylor Long, editor in chief Libby Sile and assistant news editor Alexandra Evans with the awards at the convention.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Patrick Doyle Moves Up at Rolling Stone

Patrick Doyle, who was Ithacan assistant Accent editor before transferring to New York University in 2008, has since graduated and gone to work for Rolling Stone in New York, first as a reporter and now as an assistant editor. He’ll be writing stories for the Rock and Roll section in the front of the magazine and helping with headlines, reporting on other stories and editing. He writes, “I’ve gotten to go to a lot of great festivals like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival and gotten to interview my heroes, including Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson and others. It’s been a lot of fun.”
“This wouldn’t be possible without The Ithacan,” he said. “It gave me my first real taste of being in a newsroom.”
You can find an archive of his stories here.
Above: Patrick interviews Conan O’Brien backstage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Erica's Patch Site Is Live

Erica Hendry's Vienna, Va. site is up and running. Go there now!

Ithacan Named Gold Medalist

The Ithacan has been named a Gold Medalist for both the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual college newspaper critique.
Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing, and design/graphics based on more than 150 specific criteria. This year the paper’s scores on the critique’s 1,000-point scale were 981 for fall and 985 for spring. The CSPA consistently ranks the Ithacan as a Gold Medalist, it’s highest category.
Among the judge’s comments, “Everything about this paper is well done. I can’t say enough about your strong ‘watchdog’ role, your outstanding coverage and your excellent design.”