The Orion today was named a finalist for the 2012 Newspaper Pacemaker Award, the top prize in a national competition for college media. The Chico State newspaper has won a print Pacemaker 22 times since 1988.
Theorion.com was named a finalist for an Online Pacemaker earlier this year. All Pacemaker winners will be announced in November.
California newspapers dominated the list of national finalists announced by the Associated Collegiate Press, capturing almost a third of the 44 nominations.
• The Daily Californian (Berkeley) and The Daily Bruin (UCLA) are finalists for daily papers.
• The Orion is joined by The Chimes of Biola University, The Occidental Weekly, The State Hornet (Sacramento State), Golden Gate Xpress (San Francisco State) and The Santa Clara in the weekly category.
• Five California community college papers also were named finalists.
This award is for work in 2011-2012, when Almendra Carpizo and Ally Dukkers were the editors and Glen Bleske and Dave Waddell were the faculty advisers.