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MDC’s Student Newspaper The Reporter Wins a National Newspaper Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press at Journalism Convention In New Orleans

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The Reporter's Senior photographer Gregory Castillo, editor-in-chief Mark Pulaski and media adviser Manolo Barco.

Miami, October 31, 2013 - Three years after merging its three student newspapers to form the largest state college student publication in Florida, Miami Dade College’s The Reporter has been awarded a prestigious Associated Collegiate Press National Newspaper Pacemaker Award.

The honor, considered by many to be college journalism’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, was awarded to The Reporter at the 92nd Annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26.

Judging was based on newspapers published during the 2012-13 school year. Winners were selected on the strength of coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership in the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

The Reporter was awarded the Pacemaker in the College Newspaper category.

"This award means so much too so many of us,” said Gregory Castillo, a senior photographer on last year’s staff. “When we came together in 2010 to create The Reporter, we knew that we wanted to tell amazing stories through powerful journalism. This last year had an amazing amount of trials and tribulations for our staff, but we came together and put out a product we are proud of." 

Castillo was also awarded first-place in the country in the Sports Picture category for a photo he took of Miami Heat superstar, LeBron James, during a game versus the Charlotte Bobcats. The category included four-year and two-year school entries.

In addition, Agustin Toriz, who served as the paper’s Art Director last year, received an honorable mention from the ACP in the Newspaper Page/Spread category.  

The 2013 Pacemaker Award is MDC’s first, in the newspaper category, in 21 years. The ACP has been awarding the honor since 1927.

“This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication the staff of The Reporter put into the newspaper last year,” said Karla Barrios, who served as editor last year, and is currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in global studies. “I'm proud of every single person who was a part of this great achievement. Last year we were lucky to have amazing stories to report on.  We were taken outside of our comfort zone every issue and we managed to learn from our experiences.”

The Reporter features 16 pages, prints on a biweekly schedule, has a circulation of 10,250 per print cycle, and is supplemented by a website with video and audio content. It is distributed at all MDC campuses and the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center and has newsrooms at the North, Wolfson and the Kendall campuses.

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Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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