Chronicle, Spectrum win 1st place in “best of show”

Jake Saferstein

The Chronicle won Best of Show in the “Newspaper Broadsheet 17 or More Pages” category and third place Best of Show in “Publication Website Small School” category at the  Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association High School Journalism Convention in Boston this weekend. The Nov. 13 edition of the newspaper was the winner, and the website was judged for its Nov. 16 content.

Thirty-four students on the Chronicle and Vox Populi staffs attended the convention from Thursday through Saturday, along with eight students on the Spectrum, which also won Best of Show in the “Junior High Newspaper” category.

Managing editor Sarah Novicoff ’14 also won fifth place Story of the Year in the Diversity category for her article “1 in 5 students on financial aid,” which appeared in the November, 2012 edition of the Chronicle.

The Nov. 14 keynote speaker was Juliette Kayyem ’87, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and a candidate for governor of Massachusetts. She spoke about her experience as a political columnist for the Boston Globe and encouraged the audience to harness the power of journalism and column writing to “make government do better and be better.”

“Make it personal, because sometimes that is the strongest voice you have,” Kayyem said.

After the keynote address, the Advancement Office hosted a reception for Kayyem attended by Chronicle and Vox staff as well as Boston area alumni.

During the convention, the students attended journalism workshops and seminars, and visited various historical sites such as Lexington and Concord, the U.S.S. Constitution and the site of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Vox adviser Jen Bladen, Chronicle adviser Kathleen Neumeyer and Chief Advancement Officer Ed Hu accompanied the upper school journalists, and Spectrum adviser Steve Chae and middle school science and debate teacher Alex Ras accompanied the middle school students.