The Los Angeles Loyolan, the student-run newspaper of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), won a 2007 Newspaper Pacemaker award for exceptional college journalism October 27th at the National College Media Conference in Washington, D.C.

It is believed to be the first time in the newspaper’s 86-year history that it won the national honor, LMU officials said.

The award is presented by the Associated College Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, in recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college newspaper. The Loyolan was a Pacemaker finalist is 2005.

The Loyolan won the Pacemaker in the four-year non-daily category based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics during the 2006-07 academic year.

“I am thrilled for the Loyolan students who work so hard to produce a quality college newspaper for the LMU community,” said Tom Nelson, the university’s director of student media and adviser to the Loyolan. “The 2006-07 Loyolan staff, led by Natalie Nordseth, put an incredible amount of effort into the paper, and this award serves to validate their good work, which I am happy to say has continued on into the current year.

“By providing an environment where students themselves are responsible, and ultimately accountable, for the Loyolan’s content, the Division of Student Affairs and the university provide students a fantastic co-curricular educational opportunity.”

The Associated Collegiate Press — which began the awards in 1927 — and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation have co-sponsored the Newspaper Pacemaker competition since 1971.

The Los Angeles Loyolan is in its 86th year as the LMU student-run newspaper. It is printed weekly on Mondays and Thursdays during the school year.