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Kansan.com wins six Online Pacemaker Awards in seven years

Fri, 11/08/2013

LAWRENCE — The University Daily Kansan’s online news site, Kansan.com, has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country. It recently received the 2013 Online Pacemaker Award, the Associated Collegiate Press’ highest honor, making this the sixth time the publication has won the award in seven years.

Tim Shedor, a senior from Overland Park, served for two years as technical editor for Kansan.com and designed the structure for the current site.

“From a standpoint of The Kansan going in a more digital direction, the award substantiates the decision to pursue more online coverage,” Shedor said. “This is a significant win.”

Natalie Parker, a junior from Overland Park who has known Shedor since their days at Shawnee Mission East High School, was Kansan.com’s web editor during the 2013 award period. She credits Shedor with setting a high standard for digital production, design and multimedia content, as well as creating a site that keeps readers engaged and wanting to read more.

“Tim set an incredibly high standard for us all to live up to, so the Pacemaker honors every single person involved,” Parker said. “We have a news staff of about 50 people — editors, reporters, photographers, designers — and an advertising staff that’s about the same size.

“What the Pacemaker does on a large scale is say that Kansan.com is one of the best collegiate news websites in the nation.”

Online Pacemaker Awards are based on two months of online coverage, allowing judges to evaluate for consistent excellence in design, ease of navigation, writing and editing, graphics and interactivity. Recipients are chosen by professional experts in design, journalism and interactive media.



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