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Liberty High School Wins National Broadcast Journalism Award

Dec 15, 2017

WTV Daily Update staff members Mady Daddario, Marisa Uddin, Divya Murali, Wade Glover and Neha Perumalla Pose with Award

For the third time in two years, students from Liberty High School are winners of the oldest and most prestigious prize for excellence in high school journalism.

Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. Schools are eligible in multiple categories each year, since the award is given for each type of publication – online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast.

Liberty students recently accepted the 2017 Broadcast Pacemaker at the National High School Journalism Convention, hosted in Dallas by NSPA and the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

The school was recognized for the WTV Daily Update, a video segment produced by journalism students and shown to the entire student body each school day.

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 from across the country.

Liberty is a previous winner of the 2017 Online Pacemaker and 2016 Online Pacemaker for, the school’s student news site.

In addition, Wingspan was honored in spring 2017 with a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Winners of that national award are selected based on overall excellence as shown by coverage, writing, design, photography and concept.

Other past Frisco ISD winners of the Pacemaker include the Heritage High School yearbook and Frisco ISD-TV, the District-wide news broadcast produced by students at the Career and Technical Education Center.  

In addition to the Pacemaker, NSPA and JEA also handed out individual national honors at the convention. FISD had one first place winner and four other students recognized including:

The national convention also included on-site competitions, in which Frisco ISD students competed against hundreds of students from across the country. Many students earned individual honors.

In the Best of Show on-site contest, Frisco ISD-TV took sixth place for broadcast programs and the Heritage yearbook took seventh place for yearbooks with 232 or fewer pages.

Learn more about awards from NSPA.

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