The Butler Collegian has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2011 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Award. The nomination recognizes work directed by former editors Arika Herron ’11 and Emily Newell ’11 and current editor Hayleigh Colombo ’12.

The Pacemaker contest, co-sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, honors the best college newspapers in the country, with judging based on the following criteria: coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; evidence of in-depth reporting; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics.

In addition, an editorial by Newell and Herron was honored as a finalist for 2011 Editorial/Opinion Story of the Year. The editorial, “Independence, free speech necessary for student organizations,” appeared in the Oct. 13, 2010, issue of the newspaper. The story of the year contest is co-sponsored by The Deadline Club, New York City’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

Winners will be announced at the 90th annual ACP/CMA (College Media Advisers) National College Media Convention in Orlando on Saturday, Oct. 29. Butler Collegian adviser Loni Smith McKown, a member of CMA, will present a workshop that day on investigative reporting and producing for television.