Tech Talk online receives national honor

Nov 7, 2011 | General News, Liberal Arts

Louisiana Tech’s student-run newspaper, The Tech Talk, has received top honors nationally for its online edition. The Tech Talk Online received the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, the organization’s highest award. The newspaper’s online edition was one of five online papers chosen in the Newspaper 10,001-20,000 enrollment category. Overall, more than 250 online newspapers were considered. “This Pacemaker award for Tech Talk online is particularly important for us because we have put so much effort into improving our digital presence over the last two years,” said Dr. Reginald Owens, chair of the journalism department. “This award will certainly give us the incentive to do more and get even better online.” According to ACP, Pacemaker recipients were chosen based on content and coverage, breaking news, site design, interactivity, rich media and writing/editing. Professional judges from the Center for Investigative Reporting selected the finalists. Online Pacemaker winners were announced at the ACP/ College Media Advisers National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 29. Owens added that the journalism students and faculty have received more than 60 awards in the past school year. “I am proud of what our students have produced online,” he said. “They are doing an excellent job of keeping up with the new digital technology and incorporating it into our student media. We recognize that students are going online more and more to get information and we are trying to cater to that. The 2010-2011 school year has been a banner year for the journalism department’s media. All of our student media have received top awards for excellence.” The Tech Talk was student newspaper in Louisiana recognized for an Online Pacemaker.