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Rebel 53 wins 12th national Pacemaker award

November 7th, 2011

Rebel, East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, won its 12th Pacemaker award Oct. 31, 2011. The Pacemaker is considered by many the Pulitzer Prize of college student media.

The award was announced at the 90th National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla., by The Associated Collegiate Press. Rebel was one of four magazines to win for general excellence in the 4-year literary magazine category from among eight finalists and hundreds of entries.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media. Rebel last won the Pacemaker in 2009. Before that, Rebel won the Pacemaker in 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997 1996, 1985 and 1984.

The 53rd edition of Rebel was edited by ECU graduate Anna Vaughn Creech (Tarboro) and staff members Rich Griffis (Burlington) JoEllen Pollard (Macclesfield) and Alex Watson (Apex), all graphic design majors. Graphic design faculty members Craig Malmrose and Gunnar Swanson and Student Media director Paul Isom were advisers. Rebel is a unit of the office of Student Media.

The other winners in the four-year literary magazine category, selected by professional journalists from Quintessence Publishing Co., were Metrosphere, from Metropolitan State College of Denver; MiddleWestern Voice, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.; and The Bridge, Bridgewater State Univ., Bridgewater, Mass.

Two other North Carolina university magazines were finalists, but Rebel was the only winner from the state. Rebel also won 2nd place, Best of Show at the conference.

In addition to Rebel, East Carolina University’s office of Student Media oversees the production of ECU’s student-run multicultural magazine, Expressions; radio station WZMB-FM; Campus 31 TV; ECU’s student-run yearbook, Buccaneer; and student-run newspaper, The East Carolinian.

The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. The ACP has had college members since its inception in 1921 and is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United State

For additional information, contact Paul Isom at 252-328-9234 or isomp@ecu.edu. For more details about ECU Student Media, visit www.ecu.edu/studentmedia. For more information about ACP or the Pacemaker awards, visit http://www.studentpress.org/acp/.

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