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Release: Dec. 4, 2000

Daily Iowan is named one of the best college newspapers in country

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the University of Iowa, has been named one of the top college newspapers in the country for the 1999-2000 academic year. Student editors traveled to Washington D.C. in November to receive a Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press, a division of the National Scholastic Press Association.

The Pacemaker is the highest award conferred by the association and is considered by some to be the "Pulitzer Prize of college journalism." The Daily Iowan was one of six newspapers in the four-year university daily broadsheet category to receive the award.

Working journalists serve as judges and select Pacemakers based on the following: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

The editor of the 1999-2000 Daily Iowan was Laura Heinauer of Ankeny, Iowa, who is scheduled to graduate Dec. 16. She spent the fall semester at the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism, through which she has worked as an intern at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to the Pacemaker, two Daily Iowan staff members won individual awards in the 1999-2000 competition.

Brett Roseman, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, won third place in the Sports Photo Excellence competition for a photo of a Hawkeye wrestling match last season. Roseman is currently in his second year as the Daily Iowan Photo Editor.

Megan Manfull, a senior from Washington, Iowa, won an honorable mention in the Sports Story of the Year contest for a profile of UI men's basketball coach Steve Alford. Manfull is currently the Daily Iowan Managing Editor.