TommieMedia, the University of Saint Thomas’ digital, multimedia student-run news organization, has received the Associated Collegiate Press’ National Pacemaker Award in journalistic excellence.
Earlier, the year-old TommieMedia had been named one of three national finalists for the Pacemaker award given to online-only student media organizations. The three finalists were evaluated for their excellence in multimedia story telling, writing and editing, site design, in-depth and complete coverage, interactivity, and graphics and photography. A panel of professionals with extensive online media experience judged all finalists competing for the award, which was made to TommieMedia at the Associated Collegiate Press conference in late October in Louisville, Ky.
“All the TommieMedia advisers and I are excited to see our students earn national recognition for the work they did in launching TommieMedia,” said Dr. Kris Bunton, TommieMedia’s lead adviser and chair of the University of St. Thomas Communication and Journalism Department. “Our students worked hard in moving from a weekly student newspaper and monthly TV news magazine show to running a news and advertising organization that operates 12 months a year, 24 hours a day. We’re proud of them.”
TommieMedia.com reflects the realities of today’s journalism and multimedia professions, and provides important opportunities for its 30-student staff to develop key professional skills. State, national and world headlines are regularly updated on the website through a partnership with the Associated Press. TommieMedia is the first online-only college member of the Associated Press, an international news cooperative and wire service.
TommieMedia is an online destination for student-reported news of the University of St. Thomas. For more information visit tommiemedia.com.