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March 22, 2006

Silver Chips Online named finalist for Pacemaker

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Silver Chips Online was one of seven finalists selected in the National Scholastic Press Association's (NSPA) annual online Pacemaker competition. Of these, three winning online publications will be announced in April during the Spring High School Journalism Convention, which will be held in San Francisco.

Online publications were judged on design, navigation, writing, editing, graphics and interactivity and were reviewed during February and March. Finalists were announced earlier tonight.

"The Rampage," an online publication from Rockville High School, and "The A-Blast," from Annandale High School in Virginia, were also selected as finalists in the competition. All finalists can be viewed at the NSPA web site.

The NSPA names the Pacemaker its most prestigious award and highest honor for student publications. Silver Chips Online won the Pacemaker in 2004 and 2005.

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  • K on March 22, 2006 at 11:27 PM
    Yay Silver Chips! Have I told you guys how awesome you are? YES!!!!
  • . on March 22, 2006 at 11:35 PM
    'bout time
  • jeez on March 23, 2006 at 1:55 AM
    What a sad state of student online journalism it is if after several years of this award existing that the finalists' sites either look extremely unprofessional or ripoffs of or

    I hope just because the competition isn't too strong, SCO doesn't rest on its laurels and tell itself over and over again "we rock, we're awesome." Keep pushing and try to make sure SCO will always be the best. There is always room to make yourself better.
  • sp on March 23, 2006 at 2:17 AM
    Well, we didn't do so well on that contest, we're not a finalist...

    But, we have a staff of 16 and 1 person to do the website. If we had 120 people, I think we'd win an Online Pacemaker too.

    Is anyone from Silver Chips going to be at the SF Convention? It would be cool to meet some of you guys, since I've been checking this website for most of the year, and you guys seem to know what you're doing, maybe it'd rub off.
  • yaaay on March 23, 2006 at 7:27 AM
    SCO is beast!!!!
  • sco lover on March 23, 2006 at 11:16 AM
    i <3 sco! big ups, you guys
  • HiLite Guy (View Email) on March 23, 2006 at 4:53 PM
    Great work, I would really like to know how you guys do some of the stuff on the website, unfortunately I get no response from anyone on the technical staff. It's a learning experience and any help would be nice..

    I'm sure you guys will get a will probably Paly and Feather, perhaps.

    Good Luck
  • ya boy on March 23, 2006 at 5:14 PM
    holla at us.
  • L-BOOGIE on March 23, 2006 at 5:19 PM
    GOOD JOB CHIPPS!!!!!!!.......BUT HOW CARE$
  • Hmmm on March 23, 2006 at 7:22 PM
    It would be 10 TIMES BETTER if you guys just proofread more carefully.

    But keep up the amazing work!
  • Nicole on March 23, 2006 at 8:39 PM
  • =D on March 23, 2006 at 8:44 PM
    woot those other newspapers look pretty good of luck
  • Minh Huynh-Le on March 23, 2006 at 9:45 PM
    Wow, that is awesome! Congratulations SCO, you guys rock my world.
  • sp on March 24, 2006 at 9:56 PM
    Winners are definitely these guys and Paly. Dunno about the other spot.

    Hilite, two years ago when we tried to have a website, our online editor pulled up your webpage and said, "Look at this, this'll make you sick." And then we all complained about it.

    But, our website sucked that year because we didn't know what we were doing. Next year, watch out, because it'll be SCO, Paly and us... Feather's gonna be out of luck.
  • blazer on March 26, 2006 at 11:55 AM
    hilite...reading your comments makes me cry a little.

    i wish i could hug you
  • caitlin garlow on March 26, 2006 at 12:15 PM
    yeah chips online keep it up!
  • see you in sf on March 26, 2006 at 2:27 PM
    No, SP. It won't be you. And with your attitude, it will never be you.

    Journalism is not a competition, and, as such, journalists should never feel incentivised by awards or recognition. Journalists should feel incentivised by the desire, no, the need to inform the public truthfully and conscientiously. But it's extremely misguided and completely absurd to think that this incentive is in way attributable to newspapers that are not competing with yours for readership or ad revenue.

    Of course, as an editor in chief you can steer your paper in any direction you choose. If you choose to make your paper an award-winner, wonderful. If I were you, I'd concentrate on making my paper a good newspaper before aiming for the winner's circle. After all, newspapers have never existed for the sole purpose of winning awards.
  • greg angle on March 26, 2006 at 8:26 PM
    so funny the black and white didn't win.

    makes it all the more better
  • sp on March 30, 2006 at 6:29 PM
    Obviously newspapers don't exist to win awards. They exist to inform the public and provide a reputable and reliable source of news. Awards are a recognition of this. So if I or anyone else wants to win an award, we'd have to inform the public first, which we do. We do inform the public, and I'm going to try to do a better job of that next year, which, if all goes well, might lead to a better shot at that award.

    And journalism itself may not be a competition, but awards are. I don't see what the problem is with taking things seriously. If competition is a motivator that leads me and/or others to inform the public better, I don't see a problem with it.
  • Congratulations on April 23, 2006 at 11:40 AM
    Winners announced!
    Silver Chips
    Montgomery Blair High School
    Silver Spring, Md.
    The Feather
    Fresno Christian High School
    Fresno, Calif.
    The Paly Voice
    Palo Alto High School
    Palo Alto, Calif.
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