The Circuit, Wartburg’s online student medium, has won a national Pacemaker Award for the second time.
The award was announced at the National College Media Convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The award, made by the Associated Collegiate Press, is generally considered one of the top awards in the country for student online media, current Circuit co-adviser Cliff Brockman said. It is for work done during the 2011 – 2012 school year.
Last year’s manager was Hannah Cox. Other staff included: Andrew Bridgewater, Payton Huinker, Kelsey Scherven and Danielle Miller. Brockman was the faculty adviser.
Last year’s staff was new after all members of the previous year’s staff graduated.
“We put a lot of work into the website last year to make it more user-friendly and it’s good to see that work didn’t go unnoticed,” Cox said.
The Circuit is a “converged” student medium drawing news, information and video from the Trumpet, WTV and KWAR. It also has original videos, stories and photo galleries.
“Winning such a prestigious award is validation for our students and the tremendous dedication they have for their craft,” Penni Pier, Communication Arts department chair, said.
“It is also very gratifying for our department as we continue to develop our curriculum in order to embrace the demands of 21st century journalism,” Pier said.
The Circuit is modeled after many professional media that integrate their websites, social media and traditional media to deliver news in a timely manner, Brockman said.
The Circuit was launched in the fall of 2008 following a series of meetings of faculty and students the previous year.
The website was created and designed by Spencer Albers, a 2010 alumnus. The Circuit received a Pacemaker Award in 2009 following its first full-year of operation.
Cox, along with Prof. Travis Bockenstedt, redesigned The Circuit last May Term and launched the new version in September.
It includes live streaming of both WTV and KWAR, along with KWAR podcasts.
So far this year, The Circuit has live-streamed several events, including Kastle Kapers, Homecoming parade and the Jim Miller resignation news conference.
“Fight Night” at Joe’s KnightHawk Lounge will be live-streamed this Wednesday.
Torie Jochims is The Circuit manager this year and Brockman and Bockenstedt are co-advisers.