For the second year in a row, SPA's online student newspaper RubicOnline has been selected as a finalist for the Pacemaker Awards, known as the "Pulitzer Prize" of student journalism. Only 23 news sites in SPA's division (schools with 1500 students or less) were named Pacemaker finalists; SPA is the only independent school in Minnesota with a Pacemaker finalist site.
The Pacemaker awards are a program of the National Scholastic Press Association. To select the finalists, NSPA judges analyzed and discussed the 180 entries, which were judged in two size categories based on student enrollment: schools with less than or more than 1,500 students. The 38 finalists in the two categories represent 15 states. Of the finalists, 27 entries were companion sites to print news publications and 11 were online-only news outlets.
“Today’s best online sites are platforms for rich multimedia storytelling,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director of the NSPA in the press release announcing the finalists. “Deep and diverse coverage with strong engagement and interactivity distinguish the best student-produced news sites.”
Pacemaker winners will be announced in April at the Journalism Educators Association/National Scholastic Press Association's annual convention; RubicOnline advisor Kathryn Campbell will be in attendance along with six Rubicon student journalists. Congratulations to the RubicOnline staff!