WKU’s student publications received top national awards during the National College Media Convention Oct. 26-29 in Dallas.
The College Heights Herald and the Talisman both received Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the country’s most prestigious recognition for college publications, during a ceremony on Saturday. Six students and two alumni were also recognized with individual awards.
The Talisman received a 2016 Yearbook Pacemaker award for its final edition as a yearbook. The book was edited by May 2016 graduates Tanner Cole and Naomi Driessnack. Cole works as city and county government reporter at The Hawk Eye in Burlington, Iowa, and Driessnack works as assistant visuals editor at GQ and GQ Style in New York City.
The Talisman also received a 2017 Online Pacemaker Award for its website, WKUTalisman.com, and was recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Magazine Pacemaker Award. The editor was May 2017 graduate Kylee Kaetzel, who works as a public relations assistant at Paul and Williams in New York City.
The Herald received a 2017 Newspaper Pacemaker Award. The Fall 2016 editor was Brandon Carter, a December 2016 graduate who works as social media curator at The Hill in Washington, D.C. The Spring 2017 editor was Lashana Harney, a senior from Paris, Kentucky.
The recognition brings the total number of Pacemaker awards received by WKU’s student publications to 36. The Talisman has received 20 Pacemakers, and the Herald has received 16. Both publications are members of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame.
Four Herald students were recognized with individual awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.
Herald students were also recognized in the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards, which were announced Friday at the convention.
Additionally, the Talisman magazine received third place for Best Magazine Cover in the Pinnacle Awards.
Representing the Talisman at the convention were 2017-18 Talisman Editor-in-Chief Helen Gibson, a Cadiz senior; Louisville freshman Adam Murphy and Crestwood freshman McKenna Mitchell. Representing the Herald were Harney, Nashville senior Hannah McCarthy and Richmond junior Cameron Coyle.
Student Publications Director Chuck Clark and Talisman Adviser Sam Oldenburg also participated in the conference. Oldenburg presented two sessions on photojournalism, “Get your head in the game: sports photography tips” and “Photo editing: more than meets the eye.” Clark was appointed to the College Media Association's First Amendment Advocacy Committee and is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press Advisory Board.
Contact: Chuck Clark, (270) 745-4206