2020 Digital Story of the Year

Nov. 21, 2020

National Scholastic Press Association salutes the winners in its 2020 Digital of the Year competition —

Multimedia News Story

Multimedia Feature Story

Multimedia Sports Story

Photo Slideshow

Interactive Graphic

Podcast

Blog

Winners of NSPA Individual Awards and NSPA Pacemaker Awards in broadcast, specialty magazine and newspaper/newsmagazine were announced during the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 21 in a virtual awards ceremony.

2020 Individual Awards
BroadcastCartoonDesign
Digital StoryPhotoPortfolioStory
Social Justice ReportingLocal Climate Change Reporting
Best Use of Social MediaCOVID-19 Coverage
Middle School

Fall 2020 NSPA Pacemaker Awards
Broadcast • Newspaper/Newsmagazine/Specialty Magazine

Fall 2020 Best of Show
JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention,
Nov. 21, 2020

WATCH the awards presentation.

NSPA Awards page

NSPA Awards archive


Multimedia News Story

First
Denton Veterans Initiative Provides Hope for Homeless
Sarah Crowder, Jaclyn Harris
The Talon News
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas

Second
The COVID-19 Blame Game
Logan Schiciano
Tower
The Masters School
Dobb’s Ferry, New York

Third
Casting ballots: the politics of voting
Aaron Boehmer
Wingspan
Liberty High School
Frisco, Texas

Fourth
Birthright
Staff
El Estoque
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, California

Fifth
Peaceful Naperville rally continues to Aurora police station, turns violent
Katie Dalton, Maggie Dalton, Amisha Sethi
Central Times
Naperville Central High School
Naperville, Illinois

Honorable Mention
When a Tower Falls:
The Bay Area grapples with power outages, wildfires, and high winds

Brianna Cheng, Zachary Khouri, Miki Nguyen, Auva Soheili, Maddy Ting
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Honorable Mention
Taking on Tallahassee:
Teachers rally in state capitol to demand funding for public education
Staff
The Eagle Eye
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, Florida

Honorable Mention
Fighting for change:
Examining the combative culture at West High

Alex Carlon, Joe Goodman
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Honorable Mention
School district budget cuts campus to the bone
Ahmed Ahmed, Alyxander Beeten, Charli Gisi, Joshua Mercado, David Paleracio
Southwest Shadow
Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Las Vegas, Nevada

Honorable Mention
The Fight for Wellness
Staff
The Lamp Online
Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Flemington, New Jersey


Multimedia Feature Story

First
Life After
Emily Hood
FHNtoday
Francis Howell North High School
St. Charles, Missouri

Second
Immersed In The Unknown
McKenzie Canton, Brinley Koenig
The Rider Online
Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas

Third
Power of We:
Immigration and Louisville youth

Staff
On the Record
duPont Manual High School
Louisville, Kentucky

Fourth
Emmie Boylan:
Living with spina bifida

Bess Frerichs
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Fifth
Utterly Overassessed
Staff
Southwest Shadow
Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Las Vegas, Nevada

Honorable Mention
Just one bite could kill
Saya Deshpande, Kiana George
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, Calfornia

Honorable Mention
Completing the circle:
Restorative justice at San Quentin
Audrey Hettleman, Eislyn Snyder
The Redwood Bark
Redwood High School
Larkspur, Calfornia

Honorable Mention
Cash-strapped in the Valley
Ben Hobbs, Izze Lentfer, Raabia Qureshi, Rachel Sarff, Jenna Weyforth
BVNWnews
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Honorable Mention
More Than A Lipstick Mark — Hamburger Mary’s Impact
Riley Atkinson
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Queen Bee
Rebekah Ford
The Rider Online
Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas


Multimedia Sports Story

First
Training life vs. Teenage life
Allison Raisner
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Second
The Power of Family
Olivia Berry, Megan Cablk
The North Star
Naperville North High School
Naperville, Illinois

Third
In the Face of Adversity
Payton Schield, June Sun, Katie de Waard
The North Star
Naperville North High School
Naperville, Illinois

Fourth
Female Football Player Breaks New Ground
Connor Del Carmen, Lexie Diekroeger
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri

Fifth
Switching sides
Justine Ha, Vivian Jiang, Neysa Singh, Anish Vasudevan
El Estoque
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, California

Honorable Mention
53rd Classic City Championship package
Owen Donnelly, Gretchen Hinger, Luna Reichert
Odyssey Media Group
Clarke Central High School
Athens, Georgia

Honorable Mention
Knights Stun Bison in Regional Championship
Ryan Barich, Nolan Hamilton, Rick Lytle, Adam Ryerson, Jacob Siciliano
ProspectorNow
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Honorable Mention
Beneath the jersey:
The 20-year history of sports uniforms at West

Joe Goodman, Natalie Katz
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Honorable Mention
Remembering the Knight at the Bank
Staff
Knight Errant
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Honorable Mention
Prosper knocks out The Woodlands from playoffs, wins Regional Semifinals
Ana Arredondo, Maggie Hale
Eagle Nation Online
Prosper High School
Prosper, Texas


Photo Slideshow

First
Through the lens of editor Hunter Musi
Hunter Musi
Tribal Tribune
Wando High School
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Second
Lions defeat Broncos again, 10-7
Elizabeth Chan, Mariana Ramirez, Landry Raymond, Esmeralda Sosa, Branden Svevo
Manestream News
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Third
Sideline spirit
Justice Seay
Ike News
Eisenhower High School
Shelby Township, Michigan

Fourth
Lady Patriots take home CIF title against Palisades Dolphins
Valery Barrera, Valeria Luquin
The Pearl Post
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
Lake Balboa, California

Fifth
The Road to State
Elizabeth Chan, Mariana Ramirez, Landry Raymond, Branden Svevo
Manestream News
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Honorable Mention
With upcoming fall production “Cheerleaders Vs. Aliens,” students and makeup artists describe artistry of special effects makeup
Clare Dierckman
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Honorable Mention
Cherry Hill East suffers a season-ending loss to Atlantic City in the Conference Championship, 61-44
Andrew Maier
Eastside Online
Cherry Hill East High School
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Honorable Mention
Denton Protests Spark Debate On Racial Inequality
Alex Daggett
The Talon News
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas

Honorable Mention
Student beekeeper
Rae Gray
The Dispatch
James Bowie High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention
Border Brawl Football Game
Staff
The Rider Online
Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas


Interactive Graphic

First
Maryland COVID-19 Dashboard
Prayag Gordy
Silver Chips
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring, Maryland

Second
State of the Academy 2020
Staff
The Phillipian
Phillips Academy
Andover, Massachuetts

Third
The Spread of COVID-19 in Michigan
Mori Ono
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fourth
The Legacy of Star Wars
Marvin Fan, Gray Martens
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Fifth
Generations of East Students
Staff
Eastside Online
Cherry Hill East High School
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Honorable Mention
Projected attendance boundary enrollment
Cam Medrano, Jordan Del Valle Tonoian
Eye of the Tiger
Roseville High School
Roseville, California

Honorable Mention
Statewide Inclusive Sports
Rhea Acharya, Chloe Sun
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Honorable Mention
Daniel and Ben’s Food Review: Joe’s Pizza
Daniel Hou, Ben Zhao
The Huron Emery
Huron High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honorable Mention
Knight staff reveals senior superlative winners
Staff
The Shield
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention
Coronavirus Timeline
Gabriel Romualdo
The Standard
The American School in London
London, United Kingdom


Podcast

First
Discussing Teacher Grooming at Tino, Part 1:
The Problem

Ashley Kang, Sanat Singhal
The Prospector
Cupertino High School
Cupertino, Calfornia

Second
This is America. Speak English.
Dedeepya Guthikonda
Edina Zephyrus
Edina High School
Edina, Minnesota

Third
Starting the Conversation:
A Collection of Accounts from Experts and Survivors of Suicide Idealization

Thomas Jamison
FHNtoday
Francis Howell North High School
St. Charles, Missouri

Fourth
TKC True Crime:
The LaLaurie house of horrors

Sophie Chappell, Ally Ortmann
The Kirkwood Call
Kirkwood High School
Kirkwood, Missouri

Fifth
Theatricult Episode 3:
Risks and Responsibilities

Ava Richards, Ruya Yaman
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, Calfornia

Honorable Mention
Dear RedEye September: Back to school
E.P. Presnell, Mandala Gupta VerWiebe
Manual RedEye
duPont Manual High School
Louisville, Kentucky

Honorable Mention
Christmas tree shortage explained
Keegan Gustafson
Knight Errant
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Honorable Mention
Lancers gain insight from life as first generation Americans
Chloe Baker, Juli Mejia
Lancer Feed
Lafayette High School
Wildwood, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Field Day 2020
Naomi Delkamiller
Marian Network
Marion High School
Omaha, Nebraska

Honorable Mention
New music podcast gets right to The Point
Tomas Marrero, Stella Shenkman
The Shield
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas


Blog

First
Reflection: Managing quarantine with an eating disorder
K.C. Ciresi
Manual RedEye
duPont Manual High School
Louisville, Kentucky

Second
Not Like Other Dads
Amber Adams
The Rider Online
Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas

Third
Lucy’s Laboratory
Lucy Marco
The Shield
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Fourth
The Rheineck Report: Inside a Conversation with …
Mia Rheineck
Knight Errant
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Fifth
Why I Chose Not To Play a Sport in College
Kamryn Rogers
Le Journal Live
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Sincerely, Sumner: Crying is cool
Sumner Wallace
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Honorable Mention
An Ocean Away
Riley Kerns
Bearing News
Rock Bridge High School
Columbia, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Off the Beaten Path
Amy Schaffer
Dart News Online
St. Teresa’s Academy
Kansas City, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Rhodes Traveled
Max Rhodes
The Shield
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention
Goodbye Gluten
Ashvita Girish
Wingspan
Liberty High School
Frisco, Texas