The Ranger recognized as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Collegiate Publications

August 5, 2021

Office of Marketing & Strategic Communications

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) has included The Ranger as part of The Pacemaker 100, recognizing the SAC student newspaper as one of the nation’s 100 best collegiate publications.

The association will honor the winners during its centennial celebration at the Fall National College Media convention in New Orleans in October. “The Pacemaker really represents the best of the best and it is appropriate that we recognize the rich tradition this award has in collegiate journalism as part of our centennial celebration,” said ACP associate director Gary Lundgren.

Marianne Odom, program coordinator for journalism-photography, described the Pacemaker 100 as the “Pulitzer Prize for college newspapers.” She added that The Ranger is one of only three community college newspapers in Texas to be included in the list.

The Ranger has received recognition from the ACP in the past. The Ranger Online has also won Pacemaker honors and two former advisers, W.B. "Dub" Daugherty and Lynnell Burkett, are in the ACP Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1921, ACP has trained and honored collegiate journalists through conventions, workshops and awards.

First presented in 1927 as the Pace-Maker, the Pacemaker awards are now recognized as the top prizes in collegiate journalism. They honor the very best collegiate broadcasts, magazines, newspapers, online publications, and yearbooks.