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Matt Rupel, editor-in-chief of The Santa Clara, guided the student-run weekly newspaper to a Pacemaker Award for the 2011-2012 academic year. First awarded in 1925, the Pacemaker is the top national honor for student publications and is based on "coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics." TSC was selected from a group of finalists at the National College Media Convention in Chicago in November. The judges described the paper as "superbly organized with fine typography and relevant stories for readers, direct, clear and sometimes with an appropriate dose of humor."
Matt, a senior Communication major, is now serving a second year as editor-in-chief. "I'm really proud of the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication," he said. "We used our personal experiences and everything we learned in the classroom to create a strong, ethical newspaper."
The Santa Clara was awarded a Pacemaker in 1995, 2004, and 2006. The paper was a finalist in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2005.
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