Every Wednesday night at The Ithacan office, editors fly around the room in a frenzy, clutching pages that will soon turn into that week’s newspaper. It’s deadline night. The pressure is real.
IC has a number of award-winning student media outlets, including The Ithacan, WICB, and ICTV, where students receive hands-on preparation for careers in the media. Numerous alumni have gone on to work in regional news markets as well as for national media outlets like The New York Times, ABC World News, and ESPN.
The Ithacan was founded in 1930 and has won a slew of national awards from prestigious organizations such as the Society for Professional Journalists, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). In 2017 the newspaper was inducted into ACP’s Pacemaker Hall of Fame. The Pacemaker is widely regarded as the “Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism” and the hall of fame recognizes publications that have received at least 15 national Pacemaker and Pacemaker Finalist awards.
Students also cut their teeth writing for publications such as the progressive Buzzsaw magazine (started as Buzzsaw Haircut) and the new IC Chronicle.
Additionally, the college boasts a pair of top-flight radio stations. VIC is home to the annual 50-Hour Marathon, which since 1986 has raised money for local charitable organizations, while WICB, “The Station for Innovation,” has regularly won national accolades for its music, sports, and public affairs programming. The stations ensure Ithaca routinely finishes in the top 10 in Princeton Review’s annual rankings of top college radio stations.
The student-run television station, ICTV, began operations on March 3, 1958, making it the oldest student-run TV station in the country. Its legacy has grown throughout the years, and it routinely shines in local and national awards competitions.