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The Pioneer (Pio) logoWhile most students enjoyed Family Weekend during the last few days of October, several of “The Pioneer’s” best attended the 2013 National College Media Convention held in New Orleans, La. They came home a recipient of the Pacemaker award, the highest honor presented by the Associated Collegiate Press.

“This award is the result of years of hard work from prior “Pioneer” staff and is a reflection of the type of individuals who dedicate themselves to the paper. We have all worked very hard to deliver a quality product to the community and it's wonderful to be recognized for the work we do,” editor-in-chief Shelly Le said. “With the advent of online media, it's also important for us to consider the ways in which “The Pioneer” can adapt. Receiving this award is validation that we are moving in the right direction.”

First awarded in 1927, the Pacemaker rewards publications’ coverage, content, quality of writing/reporting, leadership shown in the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

Out of 617 submissions, 126 publications received Pacemaker awards in four categories: newspaper, online, magazine and yearbook, with subcategories based on the size of the institution from which they hail. “The Pioneer” won in the online category for newspapers at instates with enrollment of 5,000 and under, along with schools like Swarthmore and Washington State University in Vancouver, Wash.

The Pioneer also placed 10th in the Best in Show Awards in the “special edition” category for the quarterly magazine, “The Circuit.”

“Maintaining the quality of our coverage is important to us and it is my hope that with this extra motivation, we can continue to do so,” Le said.