MINNEAPOLIS – The National Scholastic Press Association is pleased to announce finalists in the Online Pacemaker competition.
The Online Pacemaker competition recognizes the top student-directed online news publications in 2015. The 30 finalists were selected from 172 entries. A team of three judges worked over the course of several weeks to select the finalists based on content and coverage, writing and editing, design, rich media and interactivity. Judges are kept anonymous to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the contest.
“This year’s best sites excelled not only with their written coverage but with their photography, multimedia or graphics,â€ said one judge. “The narrow margins between this year’s finalists are an encouraging indicator of journalism’s exciting future.”
Judges noted that this year’s finalists showcased strong, localized coverage of hard-hitting issues coupled with a solid multimedia presence. The top sites also showed creative and thorough story planning, one judge commented.
â€œIt’s not easy for students to produce quality journalism on a continuous schedule with so many other demands on their time,â€ said Kirsten Chang, contest and critique coordinator. â€œThese programs bring together the best reporting, writing, photography, design and video skills, and provide a fantastic learning environment for students.â€
The Pacemaker winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver, April 16-19. The NSPA Awards Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Convention registration is now open online.
CdS Sunrise, Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, Ariz.
Carson Pyatt, editor
Kris Urban, adviser
El Estoque, Monta Vista HS, Cupertino, Calif.
Nathan Desai, Daniel Fernandez, editors
Michelle Balmeo, adviser
blue devil hub, Davis Sr. HS, Davis, Calif.
Ashley Han, Sarah Garrett, Riley Donahue, editors
Kelly Wilkerson, adviser
Panther Prowler, Newbury Park HS, Newbury Park, Calif.
Mariam Syed, editor
Michelle Saremi, adviser
The Paly Voice, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.
Molly Fogarty, Charles Yu, editors
Paul Kandell, adviser
Hi-Lights, William R. Boone HS, Orlando, Fla.
Tommy McDonald, editor
RenÃ©e Burke, adviser
RHStoday, Robinson HS, Tampa, Fla.
Isabel Hanewicz, editor
Jill Burns, adviser
ODYSSEY Online, Clarke Central HS, Athens, Ga.
Susanna Conine-Nakano, editor
David Ragsdale, adviser
Chant, North Cobb HS, Kennesaw, Ga.
Alicia Bush, editor
Lindsay Kovel, adviser
Devils’ Advocate, Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.
Christi Carras, Sanjana Srinivasan, editors
Cherise Lopez, adviser
NNHSNorthStar.com, Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.
Kathryn Jenkins, editor
Tara Jewell/Ryan Smith, advisers
HiLite Online, Carmel HS, Carmel, Ind.
Helena Ma, editor
Jim Streisel, adviser
Zephyrus, Edina HS, Edina, Minn.
Drew Davis, editor
Elizabeth Barniskis, adviser
Bearing News , Rock Bridge Sr. HS, Columbia, Mo.
Renata Williams, Brett Stover, editors
Robin F. Stover, adviser
TheKirkwoodCall.com, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.
Tyler Altenthal, editor
Mitch Eden, adviser
blueandgoldonline, Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan
Carol Chen, editor
Ron Bell, adviser
The Rider Online, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas
Sarah Pearson, Alanna Zaskoda, editors
Leland Mallett/Rachel Dearinger, advisers
Tiger Times Online, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas
Caroline Purtle, editor
Rebecca Potter/Clint Smith, advisers
The Oracle, Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles
Yasmeen Namazie, editor
Kristin Taylor, adviser
The Boiling Point, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles
Nicole Feder, editor
Joelle Keene, adviser
The Chronicle, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, Calif.
Zoe Dutton, Scott Nussbaum, editors
Kathleen Neumeyer, adviser
The Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology HS, Ventura, Calif.
Canela Lopez, editor
Melissa Wantz, adviser
Mill Valley News Online, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.
Shelby Hudson, Raya Lehan, Jena Smith, editors
Kathy Hill Habiger, adviser
Communicator, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ela Steiger, Sophia Camp, Natalie Potter, editors
Tracy Anderson, adviser
Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Molly Eldevik, editor
Jason Wallestad/Kari Koshiol, advisers
The Echo, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Ivy Kaplan, editor
Lori Keekley, adviser
The Eye, Singapore American School, Singapore
Jeane Khang, Jenna Nichols, editors
Robin Worley, adviser
The Eagle’s Tale Online, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas
Tasha Brown, editor
Laura Smith, adviser
The Review, St. John’s School, Houston
Cara Maines, editor
David Nathan/Shelley Stein, advisers
TRN WIRED, Prince George HS, Prince George, Va.
Travis Temple, editor
Chris Waugaman, adviser