City College journalism program wins the Pacemaker Award

City Times and Legend, the official newspaper and magazine of San Diego City College, were both recognized on a national level for excellence in news reporting and design.

Largely considered in the industry to be the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, City Times was the winner amongst six other publications for the 2015 Newspaper Pacemaker Award, under the two-year college newspaper entries. The award was handed out on Oct. 31, at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

The website,, where the submissions are entered and the awards are listed, states: “Each year, the Associated Collegiate Press presents collegiate journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is category for each type of publication – online, newspaper, yearbook and magazine. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.”

Nov. 14, City Times won a Newspaper General Excellence award in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California contest.

Oct. 27, at the 42nd Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in San Diego, City Times and Legend received 14 awards from the San Diego Press Club.

Both publication’s staff were awarded with second place mentions for College Print, Best of College Newspaper and Magazine respectively. The twelve other awards went to various staff for layout designs and a variety of written and photographic editorials.

During the summer, City Times received five awards at the Society of Professional Journalists annual awards banquet and two Blue Ribbon awards at the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase.

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