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SAC el Don Newspaper Nominated for Pacemaker Award

​(Santa Ana, CA) - Santa Ana College’s (SAC) el Don student-run newspaper has been named a finalist for the 2017-2018 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National Pacemaker Award.

Considered the “Pulitzer Prize” of college journalism, the ACP National Pacemaker Award has been presented annually since 1921 and is the most prestigious academic honor given to collegiate media.

Finalists were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate excellence in coverage, writing, editing, design and photography. The 37 finalists have additionally been recognized for taking risks and serving as a strong voice for student audiences.

“The best newspapers didn’t just recap campus events,” said Pacemaker Associate Director and Coordinator Gary Lundgren. “They delivered tenacious in-depth reporting and impartial and objective coverage. With so much happening in our country, it was interesting to see how those stories were reported from a campus perspective.”

As one of only four two-year college newspapers to be selected as finalists, el Don continues its tradition of delivering quality news to SAC students. Since 1991, the newspaper has been a finalist 27 times, winning the award in all but two years. El Don is edited by student Timothy Bravo and advised by faculty members Sarah Bennett and Charles Little.

Finalists will be recognized and the winning 11 publications named at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention October 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Other two-year college finalists include Southwestern College’s (CA) The Sun, Los Angeles City College’s Los Angeles Collegian and Madison Area Technical College’s (WI) The Clarion.

About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.


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