The Advocate recognized as one of nation’s top student-run publications

Middle College High School named National Blue Ribbon School
Middle College High School operates at the Contra Costa College campus at 2600 Mission Bell Dr. in San Pablo.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Advocate, Contra Costa College’s student paper, has been recognized for being the most awarded two-year media outlet in Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) history, according to the college.

The ACP marked its 100th anniversary by determining the 100 most-winning competitors of its Pacemaker Awards and announced the top 10 overall winners at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. in late October. In the ACP’s calculations, media outlets received five points for each finalist placement and ten points for each win. The Advocate was the seventh most awarded student media outlet and also bore the distinction of being the only two-year media outlet alongside nine four-year universities.

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“The Pacemaker really represents the best of the best,” said ACP associate director Gary Lundgren in a statement. “And it is appropriate that we recognize the rich tradition this award has in collegiate journalism as part of our centennial celebration.” 

Paul DeBolt, who advised the paper for four decades before recently retiring, also weighed in, sharing with The Advocate that “It’s important for students to have a voice on their campus and report the truth. This incredible recognition speaks to the strength of our college-community connection, the dedication to excellence that exists throughout our student body, and the talent, teamwork, resolve and love for CCC that has existed in the hearts of The Advocates since the early ’60s.”

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