NSPA Awards Week Day 3: Story and Broadcast Story of the Year

NSPA announces the finalists in two more categories of the Individual Awards: Story of the Year and Broadcast Story of the Year.

The NSPA Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors, and the 2010 categories included: News, Feature, Editorial, Sports, Diversity and Multimedia Package.

Judges selected finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Value, importance or worth of story
  • Quality of reporting and quotes
  • Quality of writing and editing
  • Credibility and leadership

Multimedia Packages were judged on the criteria listed above, along with innovation in use of multimedia (audio, video, slide shows, graphics, etc.), technical quality of multimedia elements and adherence to copyright laws.

View the list of finalists here:
http://nspa.studentpress.org/winners/story10.html

The first place winners in each category, with the exception of Multimedia Package, will compete for the $1,000 Brasler Prize, judged by Wayne Brasler of University High School in Chicago.

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The NSPA Broadcast Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by SchoolTube.com and the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. The categories offered were News, Sports and Feature, and the contest yielded a total of 99 entries.

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content/Coverage
  • Writing and editing of the script
  • Recording and editing of the show
  • Interviewing skills
  • Technical quality
  • Journalistic integrity, courage and ambition

View the list of finalists here:
http://nspa.studentpress.org/winners/bcstory10.html

Places (First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions) will be announced for the first time at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 13 in Kansas City. Comments from all judging teams will be published on the NSPA website after the winners have been announced.

Please contact Kathy Huting, NSPA Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at kathy@studentpress.org.

Five named NSPA Pioneers

Five people committed to improving scholastic journalism through decades of service have been selected to receive the NSPA Pioneer Award, NSPA’s top honor to individuals. It recognizes substantial contributions to scholastic journalism outside regular job requirements as well as service to NSPA and its programs. The 2010 recipients are:

Linda Barrington, journalism instructor and adviser at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis., and former newspaper adviser at Wauwatosa East High School in Wisconsin, is active as the Journalism Education Association’s liaison to the National Council of Teachers of English and as co-chair for JEA’s highly successful mentoring program. She also serves on the board of the Kettle Moraine Press Association, speaks at conventions and workshops, and critiques publications for NSPA.

Linda Drake has taught journalism and advised publications at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., for more than 37 years. She’s twice been president of Kansas Scholastic Press Association and was the 2008 JEA National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. She serves as JEA secretary and has been on NSPA’s board of directors since 2006. Drake is a frequent speaker at conventions and workshops.

Diana Hadley became the executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association in 2006 after two years as its assistant director and 33 years teaching journalism at Mooresville High School, where she advised the newspaper, yearbook and broadcast. She has presented at countless workshops in Indiana and around the nation. She teaches journalism courses at Franklin College in Indiana.

Aaron Manfull advises converged student media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo., which includes the newsmagazine, yearbook, podcast and website. He is the chair of JEA’s Digital Media Committee and a frequent instructor on multimedia and online journalism. He also critiques websites for NSPA.

Martha Rothwell retired from teaching journalism and advising at North Iredell High School in Statesville, N.C., in 2007, but she continues to serve journalism educators as a JEA mentor. Rothwell is a past president of North Carolina Scholastic Media Association and is an active board member of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.

These five individuals will be honored at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Kansas City, Mo., at the adviser luncheon Nov. 13.

NSPA maintains a composite plaque of Pioneers and displays it at the JEA/NSPA national conventions. Candidates are nominated and selected by previous Pioneer Award winners.

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NSPA Awards Week Day 2: Cartooning and Design of the Year

NSPA congratulates the finalists in two more categories of the 2010 Individual Awards.

The NSPA Design of the Year awards are co-sponsored by Adobe Systems, and the 2010 categories included Illustration, Infographic, Newspaper Page One, Newspaper Page/Spread, Yearbook Page/Spread and Magazine Page/Spread. The contest yielded a total of 496 entries, which represents an increase of about 16 percent from 2009. The first place winners in each category receive software complimentary of Adobe Systems.

Judges selected finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography
  • Established visual hierarchy
  • News judgment for Newspaper Page One
  • Contemporary appeal
  • Suitability for respective audience

View the list of finalists here:
http://nspa.studentpress.org/winners/design10.html

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The NSPA Cartooning Awards are co-sponsored by Universal Uclick and yielded a total of 177 entries in two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Comic Panel/Strip.

Cartoon entries were judged based on:

  • Reader impact
  • Community importance
  • Artistic quality
  • Originality, clarity of message

View the list of finalists here:
http://nspa.studentpress.org/winners/cartoon10.html

Places (First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions) will be announced for the first time at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 13 in Kansas City. Comments from all judging teams will be published on the NSPA website after the winners have been announced.

Please contact Kathy Huting, NSPA Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at kathy@studentpress.org.

NSPA Awards Week Day 1: Picture of the Year

The National Scholastic Press Association is pleased to announce the first individual contest finalists in the 2010 NSPA “Roll-Out Week.” Each day this week, NSPA will announce finalists for one or more of the 2010 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The NSPA Picture of the Year contest is co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and honors student photographers in six categories: News, Feature, Sports Action, Sports Reaction, Environmental Portrait and Jr. High/Middle School. The contest yielded a total of 1,092 entries, which represents an increase of about 23 percent from 2009. Entries were judged based on technical quality, artistic value and journalistic content.

View the list of finalists here:
http://nspa.studentpress.org/winners/photo10.html

Places (First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions) will be announced for the first time at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 13 in Kansas City. Comments from all judging teams will be published on the NSPA website after the winners have been announced.

Please contact Kathy Huting, NSPA Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at kathy@studentpress.org.

Courage in Student Journalism Award: Call for Entries

The Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association are cosponsors of the Courage in Student Journalism Awards.

The two awards recognize a middle school or high school journalist and a media adviser or school administrator who have stood in support of the First Amendment. The student journalist and adviser or school administrator need not be from the same school.

More information is available at this SPLC web page.

Three things to do before summer

1. SUBMIT YOUR NSPA CONTEST ENTRIES AND RENEW NSPA MEMBERSHIP

Contest deadline for all individual awards, Broadcast Pacemaker and Newspaper Pacemaker is June 15. Forms are available at the Web site http://nspa.studentpress.org/ — just look for Form Central. Membership must be current as of June 15.

2. SUBMIT YOUR CRITIQUES

Make sure you send your critique in as soon as possible. We have judges ready now. Having the full summer allows NSPA more options in returning your completed evaluation by the time you need it. You can get your website critiqued, too. The fee is $80, added to any membership. To submit your website for a critique, download the form at http://nspa.studentpress.org/pdf/nspawebcrit.pdf and send it to NSPA by mail, e-mail or fax.

3. SUBMIT PDF FILES FOR BEST OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRESS

The next edition of Best of the High School Press, Volume 16, will be published in early 2011. The only way to have your publication content included is to submit PDF files for the selection process for Best of the High School Press. (This does not apply to sections of the book honoring winners of NSPA’s contests.) PDF files can be sent to NSPA either online or by mail. More info at http://contests.studentpress.org/bestof

Best of the High School Press: Call for 2009-10 PDF submissions

Download the Best of the High School Press Call for Submissions Flyer

Over the course of 15 volumes, Best of the High School Press has been the premier showcase for award-winning student work by and for members of the National Scholastic Press Association.

Only publication content submitted as PDF files is considered for Best of the High School Press. (This does not apply to sections of the book honoring winners of NSPA’s contests, such as the Pacemaker, Of-The-Year and Best of Show awards.) PDF files can be sent to NSPA either online or by mail?—?see details below.

Using PDF submissions results in a Best of the High School Press publication with better reproduction quality, more up-to-date content and a more comprehensive selection process.

How to enter your publication’s work for Best Of selections

  • Choose the content you wish to submit from your 2009-10 publication (see our recommendations, below)
  • Create PDF files of each page, spread or graphic at the highest possible quality (go to http://contests.studentpress.org/BestOf for instructions for creating PDFs)

Send your PDFs to NSPA in one of two ways:

  • Upload your PDF files to NSPA using our online submission form, or
  • Create a CD of the PDF files (the face of the CD should have your publication name and type, school name, contact e-mail address and “2010 Best of the High School Press Submissions” written on it), and mail it to

    NSPA Best of the High School Press
    2221 University Ave. SE, Suite 121
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Feel free to include the CD with your critique or Newspaper Pacemaker entry if you’re sending one this spring/summer.

2009-10 publication PDFs should be received by July 15, 2010, to be considered for publication in Best Of.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the next Best of the High School Press be published?
The next edition of Best of the High School Press, Volume 16, will be published in early 2011, continuing the winter publication schedule begun with Volume 15. Volume 16 will contain student publication content drawn mostly from the 2009-2010 school year.

Does submitting PDFs for Best Of enter the work in any other contest or judging?
Complete, printed newspaper issues/yearbooks/magazines will still need to be submitted for critiques or Pacemaker contests. However, any digital files entered in individual contests, such as Design of the Year, Picture of the Year or Cartooning Awards, will automatically be included in the Best of selection process, so any content entered in those contests can be excluded from Best of submissions.

What can I do to improve my chances of getting something from our publication selected for Best Of?

  • DO send as many PDFs as you can (at least 8-10)
  • Please DON’T send PDFs of entire newspaper or magazine issues. If you do, be sure to suggest some of the best material from it as a starting point for judges.
  • If you have strong content in more obscure areas of your publication, such as yearbook academics/clubs pages or newspaper opinion pages, DO include them in your submissions. As always, there will only be room for so many Page Ones, newspaper centerspreads or yearbook divider spreads in Best Of, so the competition in those areas will be tougher.
  • DON’T include digital files submitted as entries in individual contests such as Design of the Year, Picture of the Year or Cartooning Awards, since all digitally submitted contest entries will automatically be included in the Best Of selection pool.
  • DO check your publication’s NSPA membership status to make sure it’s current, and renew if necessary. A current membership in NSPA is necessary both to have work included in Best Of and to receive a copy of the book when it is published.

How can I get technical support for making PDFs or uploading them to NSPA online?
You can find full instructions for making PDFs from either InDesign or Quark by downloading these instructions. If you have other questions or concerns, e-mail us at info at studentpress.org. The two most important instructions, in brief: generate PDF files at the highest possible quality (Press Quality or PDF/X-4), and export all two-page publication spreads as single-page PDF files.

Pacemakers announced in Portland: Judges’ comments

2009 NSPA YEARBOOK PACEMAKERS

View the award list/gallery

Video of judges’ comments (posted in February)

2009 NSPA DIGITAL YEARBOOK PACEMAKERS

View the award list/gallery

Judges’ Comments: Winners

The Legend, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, TX
A crisp, clean design that coordinates nicely with the print book. Rich in original content and features.

The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, TX
With a wealth of student-produced material and a creative design that pairs nicely with the print book, this was a most impressive entry. The menu is rich with well-produced video features, supplementing the print book with a textured portrait of the school year.

Heritage Yearbook, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, KS
With 100% student-produced work and well-produced video content, this was a very impressive entry.

The Bronco, McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney, TX
An impressive graphic design with lots of well-produced student content. It’s nice to see “Academics” as the first item on the menu, and the category shows a range of ways the school engages students to make learning fun.

Judges’ Comments: Finalists

Wingspan, James Enochs High School, Modesto, CA
Lots of original production, produced with a design concept that ties-in very clearly with the print book.

Log, Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN
This DVD tells the story of a major flood and how it affected students and their families. A gripping piece of visual journalism told through student voices and dramatic pictures.

Excalibur, Francis Howell North, Saint Charles, MO
An impressive 100% student-produced work in every category. A bold, colorful graphic design that pairs nicely with the print book.

The Confederate, Lee-Davis High School, Mechanicsville, VA
A clean, bold graphic look with lots of original video content.

2010 ONLINE PACEMAKERS

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Judges’ Comments:

It was exciting to see so many high school publications working with video. There were some really innovative video programs that included not only great action and sound but great voice-overs delivered by reporters and anchors. Many of the videos included superb editing and post-production.

We were also very pleased to see that schools are utilizing social media – Twitter and Facebook in particular – and integrating them into their news websites. We encourage all high school students to continue experimenting with new forms of interactive storytelling. Never let technology prevent you from telling the story the way you want to tell it. For the larger schools, it was great to see such diversity in news coverage and the unique stories they were telling. It was also encouraging to see current news published to their websites.

All of the sites offered something different and depending upon their location and size showed varying degrees of skill, design and content.
The most important factors considered in judging were site ease of navigation, up to date content, solid design, strong writing and editing, use of multimedia and complete, thorough coverage of student life. The best sites exhibited excellence in all of these areas.
Overall, it was a pleasure to see how students are utilizing the opportunity of online publishing. Keep up the good work.

2009 MAGAZINE PACEMAKERS

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Judges’ Comments:

Chasms, Cooper Hills High School, West Jordan, UT
Chasms is centered on the concept of duality, quite an ambitious undertaking. Graphic design elements and artwork supporting each section of the magazine are generally effective and sometimes very striking. The literary work conveys a wide range of emotions developing each section admirably. Overall, Chasms is an energetic and substantial effort. It wins this competition because we feel its ambition is realized.

Artistic License, American International School Guangzhou
Artistic License employs a graphic design that conveys a visual sense of unity. The literary and artwork are presented well and compliment each other. We are impressed by the range of subjects addressed. This is an impressive issue.

Seeds, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
Seeds has a wonderful idea at its core: using an abandoned building as context for the issue. This is especially evident on the covers, front matter, and the text superimposed over spackled walls. Some fine photography and literary work fill the magazine. This is a strong issue.

Pulp, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA
Pulp impressed us. There is a successful interplay between graphic elements, visual art, and literary work. Overall, this is an admirable effort.

Tesserae, Rowland Hall-St Mark’s School, Salt Lake City, UT
Tesserae presents high quality literary content throughout the magazine. The artwork is engaging and complements the literary work. Overall, Tesserae is a fine effort.

Rapier, Marist School, Atlanta, GA
Inside of plain covers is a tasteful, thoughtful literary magazine. Visually clean and straightforward, Rapier features some stunning artwork and solid content. Our overall impression of the magazine was very good indeed.

EDDA, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor, IL
EDDA’s theme “What Lies Beneath” was conveyed by the organization and by repetition of key visual elements. An appealing balance of literary and visual art is presented.

Spectator, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
Spectator conveys a good deal of creative energy. The literary work and the art and graphics often support and complement each other. Overall, Spectator is a worthy effort.

Creations, Warren Township High School, Gurnee, IL
The concept for the organization is quite appealing but the content included in each thematic section is not always consonant with theme. Overall, there is much to like in Creations.

Dark as Day, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA
Dark as Day features some striking artwork that is juxtaposed with the literary text in interesting ways. Overall, Dark as Day makes a strong impression.

Shadows, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ
Shadows presents its content in an uncluttered and unpretentious manner. We like the consistency of format; it enhances both the literary and the visual art.

Mirage, Seminole Ridge High School, Loxahatchee, FL
Mirage presents itself as an “album” of work that is collected, and pasted here—yellow pages tucked into corner frames. The layout is consistent from page to page. The literary and art work are well integrated with each other.

NSPA Hall of Fame inductees announced in Portland

Contact Kathy Huting, NSPA contest and critique coordinator, at kathy@studentpress.org

NSPA inducted three member publications into the Hall of Fame at the 2010 Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Portland on Saturday, April 17. Log yearbook from Columbus North High School, Aftermath yearbook from Palm Harbor University High School and The Lion yearbook from McKinney High School were all inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Log yearbook earned its 10th All American award through the NSPA critique service in November of 2009. Log is advised by Kim Green and it won a 2009 Yearbook Pacemaker award, along with placing as a finalist in the 2009 Digital Yearbook Pacemaker contest.

Aftermath yearbook earned its 10th All American rating in a row in June of 2009 and is advised by Judy Cannaday. The 2000 and 2001 editions were finalists in the Yearbook Pacemaker contest.

The Lion yearbook is advised by Lori Oglesbee and received its 10th All American rating in a row in April of 2010. The 2009 edition of The Lion won Pacemakers in both the Yearbook Pacemaker and Digital Yearbook Pacemaker competitions.

In 1987, the NSPA Hall of Fame was established for member student publications which have earned 10 All American ratings from the publication critique service within an 11-year span. Hall of Fame inductees receive a special honor plaque to mark the induction and are added to the NSPA Hall of Fame plaques, which are displayed at our JEA/NSPA high school journalism conventions.

New Hall of Fame inductions are made twice a year. The complete list of Hall of Fame members is available on our website.

Advisers who believe their publication has achieved Hall of Fame status may apply for the Hall of Fame by writing a letter indicating the name of the publication, the years the publication received All American ratings and publication/adviser contact information. Mail the letter to NSPA Hall of Fame, 2221 University Ave. SE, Suite 121, Minneapolis, MN 55414. The letter must be received by Sept. 15 to be inducted at the fall convention or Feb. 15 to be inducted at the spring convention.

2010 NSPA Honor Roll, Wikoff scholarship recipients

Contact Kathy Huting, NSPA contest and critique coordinator, at kathy@studentpress.org.

Jennifer Bailey has been selected as the winner of the $1,000 NSPA Journalism Honor Roll scholarship out of 74 applicants. Bailey is the Editor in Chief of The Prowler newspaper and Senior Editor for The Panther yearbook at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Ill.

The Journalism Honor Roll recognizes high school journalists who have at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and have worked for student media for two or more years. Scholarship applicants are required to submit an essay on why they are choosing a career in journalism. View Bailey’s scholarship essay here.

Two runners-up have also been selected in the contest. Amanda Wolkin and Connor Radnovich will each receive $500 to the college or university of their choice. Wolkin is the Editor in Chief for The Oracle at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs, Ga. View her scholarship essay here.

Radnovich is Editor in Chief for The Patriot Ledger at Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. View his scholarship essay here.

Anirudh Ajith has been selected as the winner of the $1,000 Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership out of 73 applicants. Ajith serves as Executive Editor for County Line newspaper at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.

The Wikoff scholarship was established in recognition of Wally Wikoff, NSPA’s former executive director in the 1970s. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and must submit three published editorials, along with an adviser recommendation letter. View Ajith’s editorials here.