The Pacifican Takes Home State Award
SAN DIEGO —
Long hours of hard work and yearlong dedication were recognized by the top collegiate media organization in California.
On Saturday, March 1, The Pacifican, University of the Pacific’s student-run newspaper since 1908, received an award from the California Collegiate Media Association (CCMA) at the organization’s annual awards banquet.
The Pacifican received runner-up honors for best special section as a Division B publication for two issues from 2013. The Oct. 17 issue, which marked the return of Homecoming weekend to Pacific’s campus for the first time in almost two decades, as well as the May 2 issue, commemorating the 2013 Commencement celebration, were both named award-winning issues by the CCMA.
The Pacifican was edged by first place Cal Poly and beat out third place Loyola Marymount University in the Division B “Best Special Section” category.
Unlike those schools, as well as other schools in the competition such as Cal, UCLA, Chico State, CSU Fullerton, Humboldt State, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, Pacific does not have a journalism program which supports the school newspaper.
The CCMA serves as the overseeing organization for the best and brightest of college media – from magazines to newspapers – in the state of California.
Each year, the CCMA puts on a competition in which schools across the state nominate their work (articles, whole issues, photos, ads, etc.) for awards. Entrants are placed into three divisions. Division A concerns daily publications, Division B features weekly editions, and the members of Division C publish less frequently.
Receiving an award by the CCMA is considered the highest collegiate media honor in California.
The awards banquet was part of a larger conference held during the weekend. This year, the CCMA partnered with the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) to host the 2014 ACP National Journalism Convention.
For four days, students from newspapers from across the country – from Chicago, Ill. and New York, N.Y. to Austin, Texas, Kutztown, Pa. and New Orleans, La. – stormed the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, Calif.
Over the course of the weekend, The Pacifican staff and their fellow journalists listened to speakers from across the nation, wrote down tips on writing, editing and other journalistic principles, and exchanged ideas, information and issues of their own papers.
The Pacifican was given the same award at the CCMA Awards Banquet two years ago for their special edition issue that covered the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Seeing as the Commencement issue was published in the 2012-13 academic year, this means that for the third consecutive year, an issue of The Pacifican has been deemed award-winning.
The Pacifican would like to thank everyone who has given their support in the past, as well as all of the writers, editors and contributors who have worked to receive this honor. The Pacifican shares this award with you.