SUNY Plattsburgh Student Newspaper Named Finalist for National Award

PLATTSBURGH Cardinal Points, the student newspaper at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, has been named a 2007 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press, placing it in a prestigious list of the top 40 college newspapers in North America.

The Pacemaker the highest award given to college media and considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism will be awarded to the top 20 newspapers at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24-28. The Pacemaker judges were editors and reporters from the Washington Post. This marks the first time Cardinal Points has been named a Pacemaker finalist.

Newspapers from the 2006-2007 academic year were judged for this competition. The staff consisted of the following: Dan Shepard '07, editor-in-chief; Ryan Hutchins '08, managing editor; Ryan Hayner '09, news editor; Michelle Besaw '08 and Sam Hollingsworth '07, associate news editors; Josh Cameron '09, fuse editor; Carolyn Strauss, associate fuse editor; Colleen Sheehy '08, sports editor; Mark Misiak '07, associate sports editor; Todd Costello '07, opinions editor; Holly Boname '07 and Michael Pitts '08, photo editors; Shawn W. Murphy, faculty adviser.

Dan Shepard, editor-in-chief during the 2006-07 academic year, received the news while at work as a copy editor at the Observer-Dispatch, in Utica.

Almost everyday, the Pacemaker award came up in conversation, but it was always just in passing, Mr. Shepard said. I always thought All-American was attainable each semester, but never thought I'd get the call that we were in the race for Pacemaker. The staff was absolutely amazing, and I couldn't have asked for any more from them. Congratulations to everyone on the staff you did a wonderful job.

While a Pacemaker plaque will be handed to last years deserving staff in recognition of the efforts of the entire staff, it is an award to be shared with a decades worth of hard-working Cardinal Pointers who made incremental improvements to the paper to get it to the level of quality at which it is currently," said Cardinal Points faculty adviser Shawn W. Murphy.

This is the second Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist award for Mr. Murphy, who also was adviser to the Midland at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE, in 1995.

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