Bob Lowry, 334/844-9999


AUBURN -- Auburn University's student-run newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, has been awarded the Pacemaker for the fifth consecutive year by the Associated Collegiate Press.

The Pacemaker is the collegiate equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize and is given to college publications for excellence.

The Plainsman, the second most honored collegiate newspaper in the nation, was the only Alabama college newspaper this year to receive the award, its 22nd since 1966.

The award was announced over the weekend at the ACP national convention in Dallas.

"In the newspaper world, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a newspaper and its reporters is the Pulitzer Prize," said Ed Williams, Plainsman advisor and AU professor of journalism since 1985. "The Pulitzer recognizes excellence, and it's something that all journalists aspire to receive.

"In college journalism, the highest honor is the Pacemaker, the college equivalent of the Pulitzer," he said. "Both are awarded for excellence in journalism."

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

Adam Jones was editor of The Plainsman for the 2002-2003 academic year for which it was honored.

The Plainsman was one of 23 college newspapers to win the 2003 Pacemaker. Other Pacemaker winners included The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina and The Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University.

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.

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CONTACT: Williams, 334/844-4579.