It’s a major award

By Tommy Hamzik

Inevitably, the response from my mother when told The Pendulum won a Pacemaker was “What does that mean?”

No, it has nothing to do with your heart.

It’s incredibly humbling and rewarding to bring back an Online Pacemaker Award from Austin. It’s the first for The Pendulum as an organization, and it comes six years after we won our only newspaper Pacemaker Award — also in Austin.

We’re constantly striving to be a digital-first news organization, with heightened focus on our website and social media opposed to the print edition. This award shows we are making progress in that regard (The Pendulum had been nominated for the Online Pacemaker three other years before this).

This was a full effort from countless staff members who have put in a lot of work, largely with no reward in return. I’m proud to be a part of it, and I’m proud to work with everyone who’s helped to make this happen.

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