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Nov. 6, 2006

Daily Iowan Wins Pacemaker Award For Top Campus Newspapers

The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa's student newspaper, has won a Pacemaker Award, which is considered to be the Pulitzer Prize for college journalism.

Awarded to the top college newspapers annually by the Associated Collegiate Press, the Pacemaker recognizes coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

This year's award reflects content appearing in the paper during the 2005-06 publishing year. Among those stories reviewed by the judges was coverage of the April 13 Iowa City tornadoes and an in-depth report on house parties. The latter also placed third in the feature story competition.

Bill Casey, publisher of The Daily Iowan, said the award is a tremendous honor for the talented and hard-working student journalists who run every facet of the paper--including reporting, photography, videography, design, graphics and editing.

"This phenomenal group of University of Iowa students balance class and oftentimes other jobs to contribute to a paper now known as the best of the best," he said. "We work every single day to be good. We talk about it all the time. We commit resources to be good, and it's very nice when our students are recognized for the effort."

The Pacemaker is awarded to five campus daily papers annually. This year those included The Daily Iowan, The Indiana Daily Student, The Kentucky Kernel, the (Michigan) State News, and The Vanderbilt Hustler.

Meghan Sims, current editor-in-chief, said she is proud to lead a paper at the top of its game.

"Winning this prestigious award shouldn't only make the alumni proud, but also future DI leaders," she said. "We hope talented prospective student journalists from around the country will make The Daily Iowan their focus. Our challenge now is to maintain the resources so we stay on top."

The Daily Iowan is published Monday through Friday when UI classes are in session. It is the only college newspapers to be delivered to every student's doorstep each morning, with a circulation of 19,000. It also draws more than 12,000 readers to its website each day. In 2005-06 The Daily Iowan launched DITV, a nightly news broadcast originating from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication studios, adjacent to the Daily Iowan newsroom.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Bill Casey, Daily Iowan publisher, 319-335-5787.

OTHER INFORMATION: http://www.dailyiowan.com

Associated Collegiate Press: http://www.studentpress.org/acp/