December 19, 2008
Southwestern College’s student newspaper, The Sun, is a 2008 recipient of the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, the Pulitzer Prize of college media. The journalism program’s online publication, southwestern collegesun.com, also won the Pacemaker, the first in the college’s history. The newspaper has been honored four times in the past six years with the international award that recognizes the best publications in the English-speaking world. The newspaper and online publication both won Best of Show awards at the ACP’s fall convention in Kansas City.
The Sun was named America’s top community college newspaper by the National Newspaper Association of Minneapolis. SWC also won second place among all colleges and universities in the United States, finishing behind the newspaper program from Brigham Young University and ahead of Ohio State University. Last year NNA named The Sun the top student publication in the U.S.
Columbia University Scholastic Press Association award-ed The Sun its highest honor for its body of work in both the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters. SWC earned CSPA’s Gold Medals based on an extensive 1,000-point evaluation by media professionals. The Sun earned 947 points, top in its category.
The San Diego Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Journalism Association of Community Colleges, California Chicano News Media Association. San Diego County Fair, California Newspaper Publishers Association and American Scholastic Press Association also gave The Sun their organization’s top honors this year.
Journalism students earned more than 200 team and individual awards for writing, photography, graphic art, design and leadership in 2007-08. Staff members from The Sun earned more than 40 scholarships, 12 professional internships or fellowships, and four SWC Student of Distinction Awards.