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    Ballard High journalists make news in D.C.
    Posted on 12/04/2014
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    The Ballard High School Talisman newspaper was named a finalist for the prestigious Pacemaker award, sometimes referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism. It was the first time The Talisman placed at a national level.

    The award is given by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and recognizes outstanding coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

    A team of 12 journalists from the Ballard program learned about this and other awards last month at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention in Washington, D.C. More than 6,000 students from around the country attended the national convention in November and more than 2,000 students competed.

    The crew from Ballard got to tour one of the most storied newspapers in the country, The Washington Post. And five select students were treated to a special tour of The White House's West Wing, which they chronicled for the Talisman.

    In addition to being named a finalist for the Pacemaker award, The Talisman received 2nd place for Design of the Year in the Newsmagazine category. The winning design was the February 2014 issue cover, designed by Evan Bunnage, depicting a student arm with answers written on it holding a pencil next to the title, "Cheating: How far would you go?"

    The newspaper also placed 8th in The Best of Show Publication Website contest that was judged during the competition on Friday for their website It was the second year in a row the publication placed in the top ten at the national convention/competition.

    Also, several reporters each received individual awards at the write-off competition. Junior Photography Editor Ruby Stauffer received an Honorable Mention in Sports Photography; Sophomore McKenzie Riley received an Excellent in the Yearbook Academics Copy/Caption writing category; and Sophomore Sam Heikell received an Excellent in Sports Writing.