tjTODAY Repeats as Journalism Award Winner
In receiving its Newspaper Pacemaker award in the Broadsheet 9-16 pages category at the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Fall High School Journalism convention this past November, tjTODAY garnered the highest honor given in the scholastic press industry. The Pacemaker, which the NSPA launched in 1927, is a comprehensive award that takes into account coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art, and graphics.
This is the fifth Pacemaker for tjTODAY, which was edited during the 2012-2013 school year by Mallika Patkar, TJ ’13. English and Journalism teacher Jennifer Seavey served as its adviser during all five award-winning years.
In addition to the prestigious Pacemaker awards, the convention sponsors, who hosted more than 5,500 high school journalism students and advisers from across the country, awarded Individual and Best in Show awards (restricted to teams in attendance). The paper, now advised by English and Journalism teacher Erinn Harris, picked up a Fourth Place Best in Show award for the November issue and a Second Place Best in Show award for its website, tjTODAY Online.