Awards archive

Pacemaker Awards

The Pacemaker Awards, NSPA’s top publications prizes, are presented at the National High School Journalism Convention, each fall and spring.

Broadcast Pacemaker Awards
Presented each fall for the preceding year.
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996

Magazine Pacemaker Awards
Starting in 2020, Literary Magazine Pacemakers are presented each spring,
and Specialty Magazine Pacemakers each fall.
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996199519941993

Online Pacemaker Awards
Presented each spring for the current site.
20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
200920082007200620052004200320022001

Newspaper/Newsmagazine Pacemaker Awards
Presented each fall for the preceding year.
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996199519941993

Yearbook Pacemaker Awards
Presented the following spring after the publication year.
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996199519941993


Individual Awards

NSPA Individual Awards are presented at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention.

Story of the Year
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996

Digital Story of the Year
2020 • 20192018201720162015201420132012

Broadcast Story of the Year
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000

Photo of the Year
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
1999199819971996

Design of the Year
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000

Cartoon of the Year
2020 • 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003

Social Justice Reporting
2020 • 20192018

Local Climate Change Reporting
2020 • 2019

Portfolio of the Year
2020 • 20192018

Best Use of Social Media
2020 • 20192018

Middle School Individual Awards
2020 • 20192018

Brasler Prize
The first-place winners from each Story of the Year category (News, Feature Story, Editorial/Opinion Story, Sports Story), as well as the Social Justice Reporting category, compete for the $1,000 Brasler Prize.


Best of Show

NSPA’s Best of Show is an on-site convention competition that recognizes outstanding work among publications whose staffs registered for the NSPA convention and entered the competition.

Fall National High School Journalism Convention

Spring National High School Journalism Convention


Hall of Fame

Publications inducted into the NSPA Hall of Fame have earned 10 All-American ratings from our publication critique service within an 11-year span.

NSPA Hall of Fame, including recent inductees


Clips & Clicks contest

NSPA’s new student competition, Clips & Clicks, launched in fall 2020 and honors current work.

Open to all NSPA members, Clips & Clicks offers multiple categories for student and publication achievement, and each contest segment encompasses one semester of work. 

Fall 2020


Journalism Honor Roll & Scholarships

NSPA Journalism Honor Roll

The NSPA Journalism Honor Roll honors students who have achieved a 3.5 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed at least two years on staff by the end of this school year. Students in their second year on staff are eligible.

20202019201820172016

NSPA Journalism Honor Roll Scholarships

Seniors who qualify for the Honor Roll can enter into a competition for one or more $1,000 scholarships.

20202019 • 2018 • 20172016201520142013201220112010
20092008

Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership

The Wally Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership is a $1,000 award that honors a high school senior on the staff of an NSPA member newspaper for exceptional leadership. The scholarship’s namesake served as NSPA’s executive director in the 1970s.

2020 • 2019 • 2018 • 20172016201520142013201220112010
20092008


OCC: Recognition for Outstanding Coronavirus Coverage

NSPA, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society for News Design were sponsors in recognizing outstanding COVID-19 coverage by high school media. Print, online and broadcast submissions were included within three contest deadlines in April and May 2020.

2020


Courage in Student Journalism Award

The Student Press Law Center, the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and NSPA co-sponsor this scholastic-journalism award.

Links to press releases on past winners are on the SPLC site.