The DTH, under last year's editor, Matt Dees, was one of seven four-year daily papers honored with the 2000-01 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker Award. The Pacemaker Award, which organizers often refer to as "the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism," is given once a year by the ACP.
Members of the ACP presented the awards Saturday at the 80th Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, held during the weekend at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
"It's nice to see the DTH recognized as one of the best college newspapers in the country -- a recognition of all the hard work and dedication of so many people," said Katie Hunter, editor of the DTH.
Judges select Pacemakers based on the overall quality of the paper, including coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, design, photography, art and graphics.
The contest is judged by the staff of the main newspaper in the town hosting the awards, in this case the staff of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
Besides Hunter, several DTH staff members attended the awards ceremony and the conference, which included various journalism-related workshops.
The attendees were General Manager Janet Gallagher-Cassel, Photography Editor Kara Arndt, University Editor Lizzie Breyer, City Editor Kellie Dixon, Editorial Page Editor Kate Hartig, State & National Editor Alex Kaplun, Assistant Online Editor Adam Shupe and Assistant City Editor Kathleen Wirth.