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USD student newspaper honored with 2012 Pacemaker Award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s student newspaper, The Volante, has been honored once again as one of the nation’s best weekly college newspapers.

At the National College Media Convention on Nov. 3 in Chicago, The Volante was awarded a 2012 Pacemaker Award. The Pacemaker Award, considered the “Pulitzer Prize of college journalism,” ranks four-year dailies, four-year non-dailies and two-year newspapers. The Volante was one of 12 newspapers honored in the four-year non-dailies category.

“Since 1990, The Volante has been a Pacemaker finalist 17 times, but this is a first time that The Volante has won two consecutive Pacemakers,” said Chuck Baldwin, journalist in residence at the Al Neuharth Media Center and professional adviser to The Volante. “It is rewarding to see the students honored in this fashion, particularly the amount of time and work that they put into making The Volante a great newspaper.”

This is the seventh time since 1993 that The Volante has received this honor from the Associated College Press (ACP) and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. The Volante was also honored in 2011. Pacemaker recipients are judged for their coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography and arts and graphics.

Serving as the students’ voice at the University of South Dakota since 1887, The Volante is located in the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus and is available at newsstands on Wednesdays during the school year and updated daily online. An endowment established by the Freedom Forum more than two decades ago provides scholarships, training and a professional adviser for journalism students on The Volante staff.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News