MINNEAPOLIS — The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized 42 news sites as finalists in the 2018 Online Pacemaker competition.
While the judges have identified the Pacemaker finalists, the Pacemaker winners will not be selected until April.
“In an exciting change in the process, the judging teams will now continue to visit the sites named as Pacemaker finalists on almost a daily basis,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director. “The Pacemaker winners will be selected shortly before they are named on April 14, so for the 42 schools we are naming as finalists today, the competition is really just heating up.”
The NSPA Pacemaker award, one of the oldest awards for scholastic journalism, has a rich tradition. The association began presenting the prestigious award to high school newspapers soon after the organization was founded in 1921. Throughout the years, yearbooks, literary magazines, online news sites and broadcast programs were added to the competition.
The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best with Pacemaker honors.”
To select the 42 Pacemaker finalists, judges carefully studied approximately 200 sites submitted from 30 states and four countries. The online sites competed in two different categories based on school population.
In this competition, only the online news product was judged. The news sites were either digital companions to print newspapers or newsmagazines or online-only productions.
A separate NSPA 2017 Newspaper/Newsmagazine Pacemaker competition recognized 49 print news publications in November. Several schools earned Pacemaker honors for both their print and online products.
The Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, April 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco.
On Thursday, April 12 the Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and will receive plaques at the Opening Ceremony from 7-9 p.m.