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Talisman Staff, Photographer Earn Awards

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Talisman Staff, Photographer Earn Awards

Shout out to the Talisman Staff as an Editorial Pacemaker Finalist, and finished with an Honorable Mention Award for for it’s entry “Pandemic Shows How Our Healthcare System Fails Disabled People” in the National Scholastic Press Association 2022 Story of the Year competition. Read the article on the Talisman Website.

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Photo by Tom F.

Also, congratulations to Talisman Photographer Tom F., who received fourth place in the NSPA’s Photo of the Year for his “Tech Theatre” Image: 

Mid-rehearsal, Senior Philip D. counts in members of the school’s theater production group. “I got involved in theater production when I was a freshman as an assistant, and I took over on the second show and have been running it ever since,” D. said. “It is a very satisfying feeling when all of the different parts come together to make a show work, and I also like playing with some of the technical aspects.”

The top prizes in scholastic journalism, NSPA’s Pacemaker awards highlight journalistic excellence. Winners were announced during the Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 2022 in St. Louis.


More Talisman News

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Teacher with students in a classroom. Photo credit Arden R.

The Talisman is in the Best of SNO: The Ballard Talisman was recently featured in the Best of SNO. SNO is the online platform of The Talisman, and chooses to showcase some of the best student journalism and photography.

The featured articleConversations without contact: COVID-19’s disruption of language classes” was written by staff reporter Marley H. and included a photo taken by staff photographer Arden R.


NSPA Pacemaker

National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker Award, each year. There is a category for each type of publication — Broadcast, Innovation, Literary Magazine, Online, Newspaper/Newsmagazine , Specialty Magazine and Yearbook. 

Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership; design; photography; and graphics. The contests are open to any NSPA member publication. Entries must have been published during the dates specified on each entry form. Winners are announced at JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Conventions.

NSPA presents its Individual Awards honoring the best individual work in scholastic journalism each year. There are 11 categories, which are judged by teams of professionals with experience and expertise in the area of each particular contest. The contests are open to any student on staff of an NSPA-member publication. Entries must have been published during the academic year. Entries are submitted in June, and Individual Awards are presented at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention.


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