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Press Release for Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UNF Student Newspaper Finalist for National Award

Joanna Norris

Associate Director, Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s weekly student-operated campus newspaper, the Spinnaker, has earned national recognition as a finalist for what’s often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize for college journalism.



The Associated Collegiate Press named the Spinnaker’s print edition as a finalist for the 2010 Pacemaker, the national organization’s highest honor. The Spinnaker, with a circulation of 4,000, is a finalist in the four-year, non-daily newspaper category. This is the first time the UNF student newspaper has been named a finalist for this prestigious award.


Professional journalists in Washington, D.C., chose the finalists based on coverage and content, writing quality, depth of reporting, leadership on the opinion page, layout/design, graphics, art and photography. The Pacemaker has been awarded for 83 years.


“We worked hard under stressful conditions and grew into a stronger newspaper,” said UNF senior Josh Gore, Spinnaker editor-in-chief. “Just to be a finalist is a great honor.”


Others among the 22 finalists include Loyola Marymount University, Ithaca College and the University of Nevada-Reno. Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention in October.


UNF’s first student newspaper started in January 1974 and was called the Halyard, which was later renamed Campus Up-Date in 1976. On August 17, 1977, the student newspaper was dubbed, The Spinnaker, the same name it has held for more than 30 years.