The Gustavian Weekly was named a 2011 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker Winner at ACP’s National College Media convention in Orlando, Florida this weekend.
The Associated Collegiate Press is the oldest and largest college newspaper membership organization. It critiques and judges print and web publications, holds educational conventions, provides educational resources to its members, and more. The Pacemaker is the premier award they distribute, with categories for newspapers, newspaper websites (the category we received an award in), magazines, and yearbooks. Only a few publications are selected for the prestigious award each year.
The Weekly’s website, along with those of other entrants, was judged last February and March. Sites were put into categories based on the enrollment at the college they serve. Categories are: 5,000 or fewer (our category), 5,001-10,000, 10,001-20,000, and more than 20,000. The sites were then judged based on design, ease of navigation, writing and editing, graphics and interactivity. Many months later, it’s exciting to see The Weekly on the list, and to have a list of links to other college newspaper websites who are doing big things.
It was an honor to serve as The Weekly’s web editor last year and the year before. I am deeply appreciative of the hard work of all of The Weekly’s writers, editors, and other staffers, who helped make the publication what it is.
The Gustavian Weekly was chosen as a 2011 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker Finalist. I’m really excited to hear that we were selected to appear on this prestigious list once again.
Contest winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention on October 29. See the complete list of finalists.
This morning The Weekly launched an updated design. A few weeks ago we decided that it was time to update the color scheme and improve the site’s feel. This is probably the biggest design change we have made since September 2009.
Utilizing the code from our most recent design, I worked with our Editor-in-Chief to develop a new color palate. I also worked to better organize the stories on the front page and remove some of the boxes.
I hope you like the new design. Feel free to let us know what you think.
I recently finished designing a new website template for GAC TV, the student produced news program at Gustavus. It went live today. Check it out!
I attended the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Midwest journalism conference in Minneapolis this past weekend along with four other members of The Weekly staff.
It was interesting. There were a lot of sessions on new media, relevant to what I do.
At the conference, publications were given the opportunity to submit their work in a convention contest. I am excited to note that The Weekly received a fifth place award for its website. See the complete contest results.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted story ideas, commented on the site, written articles, or otherwise helped in the process. We appreciate your contributions.
I should also note that Gustavus was recently recognized by collegesurfing.com as being a top social media institution.
We relaunched The Gustavian Weekly website last week. Now that it has fresh content, I hope that you will be inspired to check it out!
Let me know if you have any thoughts.