By Jonathan Black
It was the second year in a row that I left the Pacemaker awards feeling both annoyed and impressed.
Of course, it is amazing to see some of the work that student journalists are doing across the country — arguably designs and stories that are better than some of the pros. The winner of story of the year, is one of the best pieces I’ve read recently.
However, there are some systematic issues with the awards, which was noticeably emptier than last year’s. It can run a bit slow, for one. Secondly, the presenter of the awards Diana Mitsu-Klos, the executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association, mispronounced The Daily Illini for the second year in a row.
Overall though, the pacemaker is about the students doing their work and it certainly does a good job of showcasing the photography and design work.