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Student Newspaper Named Finalist

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Photo of (from left), Tracy Kershaw, last year's Kernel editor-in-chief; Jenny Robertson, last year's managing editor, and Sara Cunningham, this year's managing editor.
From left, Tracy Kershaw, last year's Kernel editor-in-chief; Jenny Robertson, last year's managing editor, and Sara Cunningham, this year's managing editor, read one of the entries that resulted in the Kernel being named a finalist for the Pacemaker, the top student newspaper award.

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The entries included a story written by Emily Hagedorn entitled Surviving, grieving, healing about a former UK student who was raped five years ago by serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez. The entries also included stories by Scott Sloan, which used computers to analyze UK’s history of hiring and retaining women.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2003) -- The Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s independent daily student newspaper, has been selected as a finalist for a Pacemaker, the nation’s top student newspaper award.

This is the second year in a row the Kernel has been named a finalist for a Pacemaker, which is given annually by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). The nomination places the Kernel among the top 12 daily college newspapers in the nation. Winners will be announced Nov. 8 at the organization’s national conference in Dallas, Texas.

Although The Kernel was a Pacemaker Finalist last year, it had not reached this distinction since 1998, when it went on to win the award. It also won the award in 1986.
The Kentucky Kernel’s entries for the contest included four issues from last year. Three of the issues had to be chosen from two, one-week periods selected by ACP. The Kernel was permitted to choose one “wildcard” issue to enter.

The entries included a story written by Emily Hagedorn entitled Surviving, grieving, healing about a former UK student who was raped five years ago by serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez. The entries also included stories by Scott Sloan, which used computers to analyze UK’s history of hiring and retaining women.

Tracy Kershaw was last year’s editor; Jenny Robertson was last year’s managing editor. Both are scheduled to graduate in December. Last year’s news editor, Andrea Uhde, went on to become this year’s editor in chief. Hagedorn is this year’s news editor.

The newspaper’s editions are judged for writing quality and reporting, leadership on the editorial page, photography, evidence of in-depth reporting, and graphics.


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