Oregon State University’s college paper, The Daily Barometer, was recently given a 2017 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award. Often called the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, the award recognizes the best in college media in the United States.

The judges noted the paper’s “consistently strong mix of in-depth coverage and daily reporting.” It was the first time Oregon State University has earned a Pacemaker.

In addition to the Pacemaker, The Barometer was named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper in the northwest by the Society of Professional Journalists in the Region 10 Mark of Excellence competition.

Orange Media Network is Oregon State’s student media organization, and is home to a newspaper, three magazines, a television station and a radio station. OMN’s three magazines, Prism, an arts and literary journal, Beaver’s Digest, a lifestyle magazine, and DAMchic, a fashion magazine, also continue to produce award-winning work. Prism received third place in the 2017 Pinnacle Awards Four-year Literary Magazine of the Year competition held by the College Media Association.  DAMchic, meanwhile, was named a finalist in the Best Student Magazine category of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 Mark of Excellence competition.  The business students who sell advertising and develop events, and the marketing plans to accompany them, also earned national recognition for their efforts.

Approximately 450 college students majoring in everything from chemical engineering to business to digital communication arts find a home at OMN each year. They work as reporters, photographers, editors, graphic designers, salespersons, studio engineers, DJs and more.

Last year the College Media Business and Advertising Managers, a national organization better known as CMBAM, awarded OMN first-place honors in the best self-promotion video ad category. OMN also earned an honorable mention for best video ad or underwriting spot (16 seconds or longer).

“We do not have a journalism school at OSU, our students are all majoring in other subjects, but in these contests they compete against students from some of the most well-known journalism schools in the country,” said Director of Orange Media Network Candace Baltz. “So it is eminently rewarding when the quality of our students’ work earns national recognition.

General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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Theresa Hogue, 541-737-0786; [email protected]



Candace Baltz, 541-737-4615; [email protected]

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