11/1/05 David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)
Deedie Dowdle, 334/844-9999 (ddowdle@auburn.edu)


AUBURN – Auburn University’s student-run newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, has been awarded the Pacemaker, the highest award in college journalism, by the Associated Collegiate Press.

The Plainsman, the second most honored collegiate newspaper in the nation, was the only Alabama college newspaper this year to receive the award, its 23rd since 1966. The award was announced over the weekend at the ACP national convention in Kansas City.

James Diffee, a city and county government reporter at The Albany Herald in Albany, Ga., was editor of The Plainsman for the 2004-2005 academic year for which it was honored.

“It was an honor to serve Auburn through my work with The Plainsman,” said Diffee.

“I’m thrilled the staff’s hard work has been recognized.”

Current Plainsman editor April Love and managing editor Ashley Hungerford, delegates to the convention, accepted the Pacemaker Saturday afternoon on behalf of the staff.

The Daily Texan at the University of Texas is the only college newspaper to win more Pacemakers than The Auburn Plainsman.

The Plainsman was one of 25 college newspapers to win the 2004-2005 Pacemaker. Other Pacemaker winners included The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina, The Daily Northwestern at Northwestern University, and The Daily Nebraskan at the University of Nebraska.

The Pacemaker is awarded annually to papers in three categories: four-year dailies, papers published daily for a four-year college; four-year non-dailies, papers not published daily at a four-year college; and two-year publications, papers for a two-year college.

The ACP is a nonprofit association for college student media, and it is a division of the National Scholastic Press Association, which has had college members since its inception in 1921. The ACP is the oldest membership organization of its kind in the nation.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Ed Williams.)

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