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MSU student newspaper ranked among best in country

September 22, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The ASMSU Exponent, Montana State University's student newspaper, is a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press's 2011 Newspaper Pacemaker competition, ranking it among the top student publications in the country.

The Exponent was one of 24 finalists in the Pacemaker's "four-year non-daily newspaper" category, putting it in company with publications like Columbia College's Columbia Chronicle, George Washington University's GW Hatchet, and Ithaca College's Ithacan.

Pacemaker winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the 90th Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest, co-sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 84 years. Entries are judged by professional journalists on coverage choices, reporting quality, editorial leadership and visual design.

The Pacemaker awards are often considered to be student journalism's equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. No publication in Montana has been named a finalist for the Pacemaker's print category in the recent past.

The Exponent publishes its free print edition Thursdays during the academic year at newsstands on MSU's campus and around the Bozeman community and is actively developing a web edition available at The publication's operations are subsidized by fees allocated by ASMSU, MSU's student government.

Because MSU has no journalism program, the Exponent is staffed primarily by students intending to pursue careers in other fields, with editorial staff members studying engineering, history, graphic design and business. As a result, aside from a handful of staff members who have experience from high school publications, the publication's journalists are largely self-taught.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or