The Eye places as finalist in international journalism competition

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced the finalists for the Online Pacemaker Competition on March 12, 2015. The Eye placed among the top 30 finalists, selected from 172 total entries. Within the category of “less than 1500 student enrollment,” The Eye made it to the top 12.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 1.05.00 pmThe Pacemaker Award is given to the top student-directed online newspapers in the world, and finalists are chosen by three judges who review the website during the months of February and March. The Eye, along with all the other entries, were evaluated “based on content and coverage, writing and editing, design, rich media, and interactivity” (NSPA).

Co-Editor-in-Chief Jenna Nichols was shocked when she heard the good news.

“I knew that we would do well, but I didn’t know that we would be in the top 30. I felt on top of the world,” Nichols said.

Op/Ed Editor Anthony Sadler felt similarly excited, but attributed the big win to an amazing teacher.

“Ms. Worley has really helped us revamp and up the whole standard of our paper, which is why I think we won. It’s really cool to see all our hard work pay off,” Sadler said.

Looking at the list of other newspapers that placed as finalists, it was clear that there was a lot of room for improvement, but also a lot of areas in which The Eye excelled.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 1.12.25 pm“The Eye has expanded its scope to encompass not just SAS news, but also Singapore and global news stories that are relevant to our audience. We also have some fun new regular features like Mood for Food cafe reviews and weekly Top 10 lists,” Worley said. “To top all that off, the new website is very engaging.”

The NSPA also stated on their website that this year’s finalists “showcased strong, localized coverage of hard-hitting issues coupled with a solid multimedia presence. The top sites also showed creative and thorough story planning.”

The final Pacemaker winner will be revealed at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver from April 16-19. While the whole Eye staff eagerly awaits the results, we are also extremely proud of having made it this far. Stay tuned on the The Eye or on the NSPA website to find out who the final winners are!

Author: Jeane Khang

Jeane Khang is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Eye, along with Jenna Nichols, and is a producer of the Morning Show. This is her third year taking a journalism class and her 11th year at SAS. In her free time, she loves to learn dance routines, listen to music and eat Italian food.

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