Manhappenin' and the Collegian are finalists for Best Lifestyle Magazine and Newspaper in the country among four-year universities

Oct. 6, 2022

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) announced that both Manhappenin’ magazine and the Collegian newspaper are Pacemaker finalists for best publications in the country, in their respective categories for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Pacemaker is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. “Manhappenin’ is the Collegian Media Group’s youngest publication so getting this honor for the first time is especially a big deal for the staff,” said Hallie Everett, adviser to Manhappenin’ and the Royal Purple yearbook.

Earlier this year, the Royal Purple won the Pacemaker for best yearbook in the country. “This is a trifecta win for the Collegian Media Group,” CMG Director, David Levy said. “To have all three publications achieve these milestones in the same year is a reflection of our students’ dedication to excellence. I could not be more proud.”

“We always love seeing students recognized for their hard work," Everett added. “It helps motivate them to continue creating, which is why we’re looking forward to another issue of Manhappenin’ coming out in November.”

Final Pacemaker award winners will be announced at the national 2022 MediaFest Convention in Washington, D.C., in late October. CMG will also be honored among ACP’s Top 100 schools for having won the most national Pacemaker Awards over a 100-year span. Among the Top 100, the Collegian and Royal Purple are contenders for the Top 10 Pacemaker winners.

Today’s Pacemaker announcement came two weeks after CMG learned that its student staff members are finalists for 16 individual national awards. All the awards will be announced at MediaFest.

“Put it on your resume,” CMG’s student manager of advertising sales, Hannah Lucas, said in a recently produced recruitment video.

Many CMG staff members study agriculture, architecture, business and IT, among other majors. Levy said, “Everyone is welcome here to gain experience, realize their potential and achieve results for themselves. Come join us."

Associated Collegiate Press

Reporter of the Year; Alex Hurla (the Collegian)

Print Advertisement of the Year; Dominique Fraenkel and Maggie James

Digital Advertisement of the Year; Maggie James (finalist twice for two separate entries)

Best Media Kit; Dominique Fraenkel

Best Social Media Campaign; Dominque Fraenkel

Best Environmental Portrait; Dylan Connell (the Collegian)

Best Multimedia Sports Feature; Landon Reinhardt and Claiborn Schmidt (the Collegian)

Best Social Media Reporting; Marshall Sunner and Alyssa Fullington

Best Yearbook Cover; Amanda Wollensen (Royal Purple)

Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist

Magazine Pacemaker Finalist

Yearbook Pacemaker Winner

College Media Association

Best Display Advertisement; Maggie James (Manhappenin’)

Best House Advertisement; Maggie James (the Collegian)

Best Magazine Sports Spread; Sarah Onken, Maddie Fankhauser, Julia Smith (Manhappenin’)

Best Yearbook Cover; Amanda Wollensen (Royal Purple)

Best Yearbook News Photo; Zachary Parr (Royal Purple)

Best General News Photo; Elizabeth Sandstrom (the Collegian)

Best Sports Game Story; Joshua Read (the Collegian)


About Collegian Media Group

Collegian Media Group publishes the Collegian newspaper, Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine. Students across all academic disciplines work on the publications to build portfolios and skill sets they can use in any workplace environment. They gain teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. CMG operates in Kedzie Hall, Room 103. Students can visit the office anytime to learn how to get involved. The organization operates as a 501(c)3 under IRS rules. Most of CMG’s revenue derives from student activity fees, advertising sales, yearbook sales, tuition from a summer workshop for high schools in Kansas, and other endeavors.