Chronicle online wins 1st place in San Antonio

David Gisser

Student publications scored a winning sweep in the Best of Show competitions Saturday Nov. 17 at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association fall convention in San Antonio.

Chronicle online took the first place trophy in the online category and the middle school newspaper,  Spectrum, took first place for middle school papers. The November issue of  The Chronicle was second in big newspapers. Big Red sports magazine won fourth place in special editions for the Homecoming issue. Vox Populi won seventh for yearbooks in its size category.

Last year’s Chronicle was also honored at the convention as a finalist for the National Pacemaker, but did not win.

The National Pacemaker award is the highest honor given to high school publications and is unofficially known as the “Pulitzer Prize of student journalism,” according to San Francisco State University.  The Chronicle been a National Pacemaker finalist four times in the past five years.

Along with the award, the Convention offered over 200 journalism workshops.  These sessions included both workshops to help improve students’ journalistic skills and speeches by professional journalists.

Twelve students who work on the yearbook, the newspaper, the website and the sports magazine attended the three-day conference, accompanied by Advancement Officer Ed Hu, yearbook adviser Jen Bladen and Spectrum adviser Steve Chae.