The Bottom Line Wins First National Awards

Students from The Bottom Line and KCSB News pose for a photo at the 2017 ACP Pacemaker Awards Ceremony. (Image Courtesy of Leah Bartos)

Gwendolyn Wu

The Bottom Line received its first national awards at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

Gwendolyn Wu and Shomik Mukherjee, TBL’s 2016-2017 Executive Editors, accepted the finalist plaque for the Associated Collegiate Press’s Pacemaker Award, which has been hailed as the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.

Mukherjee, now news editor, also accepted an honorable mention for Feature Story of the Year for his coverage of the January 2017 Del Playa cliff collapse.

The Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Awards, which first began in 1927, nominated 43 newspapers as finalists for a 2017 Pacemaker Award and 10 stories for Feature Story of the Year. Of the 43 collegiate newspapers, 23 were selected for the 2017 Pacemaker Award.

In March, The Bottom Line was nominated for and won its first California College Media Association award for Best Features Photograph.