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2009 NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker Winners

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16 or fewer pages

17 or more pages

Jr. High/Middle School

Newsmagazine

Judge's comments on NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker entries:

  • Just because your layout program has 100 fonts, you don’t have to use them all. The best papers stuck to one font on most of their stories and saved the others for special effects.
  • Very few papers covered students who are not planning to go to college. Just because the newspaper staff is college bound, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t speak for the students who don’t have college plans.
  • Pro and Con columns covered topics like the drinking age, candidates, and other controversial topics of interest to high school students.
  • The best photos had a definite focal point and used the rule of thirds.
  • Photos should show action or pose portrait subjects in their native environment. Don’t be afraid to get close and go for a high or low vantage point.
  • Flashy layouts work to get the reader’s attention, but tight writing with good quotes are what really makes a great publication. Leads should be short and punchy. Keep opinion on the opinion pages.

2009 NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists

16 or fewer pages

17 or more pages

Jr. High/Middle School

Newsmagazine