Five Florida publications graced the list of finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2012 Newspaper Pacemaker and 2012 Broadcast Pacemaker contests. Three of the 55 newspaper finalists and two of the 11 broadcast finalists are from Florida.
According to NSPA, the Newspaper Pacemaker has awarded excellence for 85 years. The criteria to select finalists was based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout and design and photography, art and graphics. The Florida finalists for the 2012 Newspaper Pacemaker contests are listed below:
Broadsheet 17 or more pages
The Prowl, Coral Glades HS, Coral Springs, Fla.
Alanna Browdy, Madison Flager, editors
Jonathan Gordon, adviser
Spartan News Network, Lakewood HS, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sofia Damos, editor
Kathleen Tobin, adviser
The Muse, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sam Bilton, Audrey Green, editors
Stephen Moore, adviser
The Broadcast Pacemaker entries consisted of entire programs of 20 minutes or less. Finalists were selected based on a long list of criteria including content and coverage, subjects covered, writing and editing of the script, recording and editing of the show, interviewing skills and overall impact. The Florida finalists of the 2012 Broadcast Pacemaker contests are listed below:
Monthly or less frequent
Broward Teen News, BECON, Davie, Fla.
Cheryl Cammarano/Jeb Brunt, advisers
WPHS, Pace HS, Pace, Fla.
Molly Cobb, adviser
The winners of the Pacemaker contests will be announced on Nov. 17 at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio.
Good luck to the finalists!