April 1, 2015

Todd Marshall
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National Scholastic Press Association Names Tiger Times Online as 2014 Pacemaker Finalist

Texarkana, TX – The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced finalists in the Online Pacemaker competition on March 12 and among the list of 30 finalists was Texas High School’s Tiger Times Online.

The Online Pacemaker competition recognizes the top student-directed online news publications in 2015. The 30 finalists were selected from 172 entries. A team of three judges worked over the course of several weeks to select the finalists based on content and coverage, writing and editing, design, rich media and interactivity.

“This year’s best sites excelled not only with their written coverage but with their photography, multimedia or graphics,” said one judge. “The narrow margins between this year’s finalists are an encouraging indicator of journalism’s exciting future.”

Judges noted that this year’s finalists showcased strong, localized coverage of hard-hitting issues coupled with a solid multimedia presence. The top sites also showed creative and thorough story planning, one judge commented.

“It’s not easy for students to produce quality journalism on a continuous schedule with so many other demands on their time,” said Kirsten Chang, contest and critique coordinator. “These programs bring together the best reporting, writing, photography, design and video skills, and provide a fantastic learning environment for students.”

From the field of 30 finalists, the Pacemaker winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver, CO on April 16-19.

This is the first year for Texas High School to earn the NSPA Pacemaker Finalist in all three journalism categories – Tiger Times, Tiger Times Online and Tiger yearbook.

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