About Student Publications
College Heights Herald
Founded in 1925, the College Heights Herald is recognized nationally as one of the top college newspapers. The Herald has received 14 national Pacemaker Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. In 1989 the Herald was inducted into the ACP Hall of Fame. The Herald has also received five Gold Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and seven Silver Crowns.
The first issue of Jan. 29, 1925 announced the newspaper's beginning. "This newspaper was born at one of the greatest chapel exercises ever heard on College Heights, on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the acclaim with which the announcement was received would have stirred the heart of every former student and filled every atom of his body with renewed vibration of school loyalty and patriotism ..."
The Herald began as a broadsheet, but has been a tabloid most of its life. The paper converted from letterpress to offset in 1968 and became a twice-weekly publication in 1969. In August 2002, the Herald returned to its broadsheet size, and the staff began sending the paper electronically.
The Herald also revamped its Web site, and began posting news daily, as well as using multimedia techniques in coverage. The site, wkuherald.com, won a Pacemaker in 2010 and serves as the basis for WKUHerald smartphone apps.
The Talisman was founded in 1924 as the school's official yearbook and was published continuously until 1996. The Talisman resumed publication with the 2003 yearbook. The publication started winning national awards in the 1970s and was the only recipient of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Trendsetter Award until it was discontinued. The Talisman was named to the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Talisman has won a national Pacemaker Award 14 times. The Talisman has won four Gold Crowns and four Silver Crowns.
Herald and Talisman writers and photographers contribute significantly to Western's top finishes in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation overall national championship.
Here is a complete list of Herald, Talisman and advertising awards:
COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD
1989 – Inducted into Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame
Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award: 1981, 1982, 1983-84, 1988-89, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2009, 2010, 2012. (Finalist: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2006, 2008).
Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Crown Award: 1998, 1999, S2000, F2000, 2002.
Columbia Scholastic Press Silver Crown Award: F2002, S2003, F2003, S2004, F2004, S2005, S2006.
2009 – Inducted into Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame
Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. (2012 not yet determined)
Columbia Scholastic Press Trendsetter Award: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977. Retired after five years with no winners other than Talisman.
Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Crown Award: 1982, 1995, 2010, 2011.
Columbia Scholastic Press Silver Crown Award: 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award: 2010. (Finalist: 2004).
College Newspapers Business and Advertising Managers awards
1999: Best display spot ad (2nd).
2002: Best in Category for newspaper promotional campaign (1st); best training program (2nd); best electronic banner house ad (3rd).
2003: Best in Category for newspaper promotional campaign, best newspaper promo ad-color (1st); best electronic display ad, best training program, best rate card (3rd).
2004: Best display ad-spot color (1st); best newspaper promotional campaign (2nd); best back-to-school or orientation section/issue (3rd).
2005: Best of Category for rate card (1st); best display ad campaign (2nd); best newspaper promotional ad-black and white (3rd).
2006: Best in Category for media kit/rate card (1st); best newspaper promotional ad-black and white (3rd).
2007: Best in Category for media kit/rate card (1st); best newspaper promotional ad-black and white (3rd).
2008: Best display ad campaign (2nd).
2009: Best special section (2nd).
2010: Best online newspaper promotion (2nd).
2011: Best special section (1st); best sales increase (2nd).
2012: Best in Category for back to school or orientation section (1st); best classified page, best newspaper marketing/promotional campaign (3rd).