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Vermont Cynic website named Pacemaker finalist

April 11, 2012

ImageLess than six months after winning the top award in college journalism for its print edition. The Vermont Cynic staff has learned that its website has been named a finalist for the same honor.

Associated College Press on Tuesday named vermontcynic.com as one of 12 finalists in the category for colleges between 10,000 and 20,000 students. Other universities in this category include Yale and Duke, according to the ACP website. (See the list of winners here.)

When all categories are taken into account, there are a total of 55 finalists out of 270 entries, ACP reported.

“The contest was judged by a panel of professionals with extensive online media experience,” according to an ACP release. “Judges noted that the most successful sites displayed excellence in writing and editing, in-depth coverage, site design, interactivity, photography, and reactions to breaking news.”

Cynic staff reported the news on the newspaper’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cynic editor-in-chief Brent Summers wrote in a text later in the evening: “We are so excited.”

Vermontcynic.com editor Colleen McClintock significantly reorganized the site in early 2012 in anticipation of entering the online Pacemaker contest, which the Cynic has not previously entered.

Online Pacemaker winners will be announced at the 91st Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Nov. 4, according to ACP. Comments from the judging team will be posted shortly after the convention.

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