The Reporter Selected As A 2016 Pacemaker Finalist

For the third time in four years, The Reporter has been selected as a Pacemaker finalist.

Pacemakers are considered by many to be the top national award for college newspapers, and the Pulitzer Prize equivalent in student journalism.

Winners will be announced on Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C. at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention.

“The nomination is a testament to the hard work that our students put in every day to produce The Reporter,” said Manolo Barco, the media adviser to the paper. “Our students are honored to be considered among the elite in college journalism.”        

The Reporter, which was launched on Oct. 4, 2010, has won Pacemakers in 2013 and 2014.

More than 150 papers entered this year’s competition. The Reporter is a finalist  in the two-year college newspaper category.  Entries were based on papers printed during the 2015-2016 school year.

Papers are judged nationally based on quality of the writing and reporting, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout and design, quality of photography, and art and graphics, and the opinion page.

During the 2015-2016 school year, The Reporter covered a broad array of stories. Among the most compelling pieces: A potent feature on a teenager in the School for Advanced Studies who is battling cancer, the arrest of a Hialeah Campus student who threatened to post nude photos of his ex-girlfriend if she didn’t have sex with him, a breaking news story about a construction accident at West Campus that left two workers injured and coverage of  the Democratic presidential debate at Kendall Campus.         

“It’s a privilege to represent The Reporter,” said Maria Vizcaino, the paper’s editor-in-chief for the 2016-2017 school year. “This nomination is an even greater incentive to maintain the standards of our publication and achieve higher success.”

The Reporter, which features 16 pages printed on a biweekly schedule, has a circulation of 10,250 per print cycle and is augmented by a website with video and audio content.  It is the product of the three former original student newspapers at MDC.

The Falcon Times was Miami Dade College’s first student newspaper. It served the students at North Campus and was launched in 1961. It was followed by the Catalyst in 1966, based at Kendall Campus. The Downtowner, which served Wolfson Campus, originated in 1970. It was renamed the Metropolis in 1984.

For more information about The Reporter, contact Manolo Barco at (305) 237-1255 or at