October 24, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations (785) 594-8330

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s student-run newspaper, The Baker Orange, has been selected for the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame, becoming the third university in Kansas to have a publication enshrined in the hall.

Baker Orange advisers and students will receive a Hall of Fame plaque Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers convention at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Mo.

Publications qualify for the Hall of Fame by earning 10 All-American ratings in a 10-year span, receiving 10 national Pacemaker awards since 1970 or combining for 15 national Pacemaker and Pacemaker finalist awards since 1970.

The Baker Orange has compiled 12 All-America rankings since 1999.

The only other Kansas publications in the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame are Kansas State’s Collegian newspaper and Royal Purple yearbook, and the Kanza yearbook from Pittsburg State.

 “This is an award that honors the work of students over a period of time,” said Gwyn Mellinger, associate professor of journalism and Baker Orange adviser. “It goes back to our staff of four years ago and it is an indication of consistency. This shows students are continuing to do quality work.”

Tara White, editor of the Baker Orange in 2004-2005, will be among the Baker journalism students accepting the Hall of Fame honor this weekend.

“The award shows that our newspaper is consistently outstanding,” said White, a senior from Dodge City. “The leadership from our adviser and editors through the years has rubbed off. It just shows we can continue to have a great newspaper year after year.”

Last fall, the Baker Orange received the ACP's Pacemaker award, often called the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.