This piece was published in the October 2015 issue of the Prep News
Last year, Prep News introduced the Quarterly magazine. After its first year of production and publication, the Quarterly was nominated for this year’s National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Newsmagazine Pacemaker Award.
The Pacemaker is a prestigious, annual competition in which hundreds of publications are judged to identify finalists and winners. The Quarterly was selected as a finalist over hundreds of other elite publications.
According to the NSPA, “Judges select Pacemakers based on the following: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.”
Last years’ Quarterly staff was headed by managing editor of the Quarterly Mike Mayer, and executive editor of Prep News and the Quarterly Zach Klamann. This year, senior Ryan Cotter inherits the managing editor position, while seniors Jack Franke and Ciaran Molloy share the responsibility of co-executive editor position.
“It is quite an accomplishment for the Quarterly magazine to be awarded this prestigious honor after only its first year,” said Cotter.
“I don’t think the thought of this magazine winning an award even entered our mind when we set out to produce a magazine for the first time. But through the tireless efforts of Mike and Zach as well as the entire newspaper staff, this magazine was able to far exceed our expectations. At the end of the day, it is satisfying to see those long work nights in the J-lab pay off,” Cotter said.
Published at the end of every quarter, the Quarterly provides a platform for lengthy articles on a variety of topics, unique designs and detailed photography. Topics written about in last year’s nominated editions ranged from cheating to less serious articles. These editions also included several design-heavy and photography-heavy pieces.
“The Quarterly is unique because it allows students to use different design techniques in creating pages that aren’t possible on a newspaper or online platform,” Cotter said. “It’s very much design-oriented.”
As finalists, Prep News has the opportunity to win the Pacemaker. Winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Fla., between November 12 and 15.