Dear Daily Iowan Alumni and Friends: We have tremendous news to share!
The Daily Iowan was named an Online Pacemaker winner by the Associated Collegiate Press. The Pacemaker is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. The DI was one of 14 winners nationally.
This is the DI's first Online Pacemaker and seventh overall. We won a Newspaper Pacemaker last year. It's the first time we've won consecutive Pacemakers in 20 years.
Further: Three of our DI students were recognized with national awards and three others finished in the top four for individual awards! Among them:
DI staff won FIRST PLACE in "COVID-19: Print News" for our special section that served as a one-year reflection on the pandemic.
Yassie Buchanan won FIRST PLACE in the "Column" category for her piece on Black history education, in which she interviewed fellow Waterloo, Iowa native Hannah Nicole Jones.
Robert Read won FIRST PLACE in "Sports Game Story" for his story on Luka Garza passing Roy Marble as Iowa men’s basketball all-time leading scorer.
Alexandra Skores placed third in "Diversity Story" for her feature detailing 50 years of the Latino and Native American Cultural Center.
Katie Goodale placed third in "Sports Game/Action Photo" for her photo of Luka Garza.
Julia Shanahan placed fourth in "Human-Interest Profile" for her story on an Iowa man who died because he was rationing insulin.
We had seven others recognized with honorable mentions for placing in the top 10 nationally. They are:
Rylee Wilson for her story on President Bruce Harreld retiring
Alexandra Skores for the College of Dentistry email story
Brooklyn Draisey, Katie Goodale and Jenna Galligan for their story on mothering during COVID-19
Kelsey Harrell for the 2020 voter guide
Chloe Peterson, Hannah Kinson, and Kelsey Harrell for a story on Caitlin Clark
Jacob Maish for a photo called “Storm Aftermath”
Tianna Torrejon for a broadcast story on Hawkeye wrestling winning the Big Ten championship
"I'm very proud of our staff and these accomplishments, particularly while enduring the pandemic and the circumstances from a mostly remote newsroom," said DI Publisher Jason Brummond. "It's quite an accomplishment to be recognized as a Pacemaker winner and have three winners in the premier national collegiate journalism competition!"
To learn more about how to support great campus journalism, please contact:
Jason Brummond | Publisher
The Daily Iowan