September 26, 2013North Pointe, Grosse Pointe North High School’s student newspaper, is one of six finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker Award, the top honor in national high school journalism.
The award, co-sponsored by the NSPA and Newspaper Association of America Foundation since 1971, is based on a newspaper’s overall merits in coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
“The North Pointe earned its nomination because of the quality of unbiased reporting, and for demonstrating leadership through sensitivity, the depth of topical coverage, its modern layout, and the relevant art and photography,” Shari Adwers said in a press release.
Adwers is a journalism teacher at North and adviser to both North Pointe and Valhalla, the student yearbook.
Winners will be announced Nov. 16, at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. Donations to help cover students’ travel costs to Boston are being accepted.
“The telltale sign of a talented reporting team is the collection of its writing awards,” Adwers said in the release. “Grosse Pointe North High School’s student newspaper, the North Pointe, has been amassing individual awards for editorial writing, graphics, and breaking news through NSPA for years.”
This is North Pointe’s second nomination in three years for the Pacemaker Award. It also was a finalist in 2011, the same year Grosse Pointe South High School’s The Tower won the award for newspapers of eight or fewer pages.
North Pointe won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.
Other newspapers in consideration for the Pacemaker Award are: The Broadview, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Calif.; The Bruin Voice, Bear Creek High School in Stockton, Calif.; The Spartana, Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Hi’s Eye, Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J.; and Blue & Gold, Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio.