Excalibur makes list of ACP Pacemaker finalists

In and around February, Excalibur (York University’s community newspaper) joined the ranks of the continent’s greatest papers, after we placed 5th (out of around 30 or 40) student papers in the Best of Show award presented by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). We were the only Canadian student paper who made the cut in the four-year weekly category.

Today I found out that we also made the list of finalists for the ACP Pacemakers award.

The papers are judged by staff members of professional news organizations, on the basis of coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

This time, the Mars’ Hill paper from B.C. joins us in this recognition of awesomeness.

Congratulations to everyone on Excalibur’s 2009-2010 editorial board. Thank you for your sleepless nights and the love and dedication that you put into our paper.

I’ve always said that working for a student paper is not a job, it’s a labour of love. And while we shouldn’t define ourselves & our accomplishments on the basis of an award- or making a list of finalists- it feels pretty damn good to get the recognition we deserve.

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