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Iris Art + Lit magazine earns first Pacemaker Finalist honor

The 2019 Iris Art + Lit magazine has been selected as a 2020 Pacemaker Finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). This is the first time SPA's magazine has ever been named a finalist in this prestigious competition.

The Pacemaker is a program of the NSPA and is known as "the Pulitzer Prize" of student journalism. Iris was one of only 14 art and literature magazines, along with 2 specialty magazines, to be selected as Pacemaker Finalists this year. It was also the only Minnesota magazine to be honored.

After building a 3-dimensional magazine in 2018 (a "deck of cards" that won an NSPA Design of the Year award), Kathryn Campbell, Director of Publications, shared that the focus of the 2019 Iris was to experiment with dynamic logos and interactive design while creating a cohesive reading/viewing experience. "[Students] placed art and literature in conversation with one another, much like an art gallery experience," she says. "The staff was small but focused, and what they have accomplished as a student club is truly impressive."

This year's nine magazine Pacemaker winners will be announced at the 2020 JEA/NSPA National Convention in Nashville on April 18. Please join us in congratulating Editor-in-Chief Quinn Christensen '20; designers Maren Ostrem '21, Martha Slaven '20, and Ashley Su '20; Club co-leader Anna Snider '20; and 2018-19 club advisors Mara Duvra and Kate Glassman!