Campus: San Francisco State University -- December 2, 2005
SFSU Student News Web Site Awarded 'Pulitzer Prize' Of College Journalism
Golden Gate [X]press Online receives 2005 Online Pacemaker Award for Ssecond Straight Year
San Francisco State University's student-run news Web site has received the prestigious
Online Pacemaker award, for the second consecutive year, from the Associated Collegiate
Press (ACP), a national association of college student media.
[X]press Online (http://xpress.sfsu.edu/) is the Web component of [X]press Publications,
which is based in the SFSU Journalism Department and also publishes a weekly newspaper
and monthly magazine.
The Pacemaker is the highest honor for collegiate journalism given annually by ACP to
college newspapers, magazines and Web sites. ACP first presented the Online Pacemaker award
to online college student publications in 1995. The awards are regarded as the Pulitzer
Prizes of college journalism.
[X]press Online was recognized for the 2004-05 academic year, with journalism major Matias
Cavallin as editor. Ten other college news Web sites nationwide won Pacemakers, including
those at Harvard University and University of California, Los Angeles. Entries were judged
on design, ease of navigation, writing, editing, graphics and interactivity.
"I believe it's an endorsement of our department's philosophy to teach and encourage students
to produce multimedia journalism," said Rachele Kanigel, lead adviser of [X]press Publications
and assistant professor of journalism.
[X]press Online is produced by about 30 student editors, writers, designers and photographers.
Faculty adviser Andrew DeVigal and the students believe that the Web site stands out among
online college publications due to its multimedia content and ability to focus on local
news. The Web site goes beyond text and photos, incorporating multimedia elements - video,
audio, interactive graphics and reader feedback - on a regular basis.
"Most student publications can deliver text stories pretty easily but we're one in a few
that deliver multimedia stories regularly," said DeVigal, an assistant professor of
[X]press Online is also one of the first student publications to offer a podcast - a video
or audio file published on the Internet that can be downloaded onto a portable device such
as an iPod.
The Associated College Press is a division of the National Scholastic Press Association.
Established in 1933, it is the largest and oldest national membership organization for
college student media in the United States. Winners of the Pacemaker awards were announced
in October at the National College Media Convention in St. Louis.
Contact: Matt Itelson, (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;