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October 23, 2009


Pacemaker Award Nominee

2AToday/The Vid, Findlay High School’s (FHS) student news broadcast and video yearbook, is one of 10 finalists from across the nation for the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Pacemaker Award.

Chosen from a field of 50 news shows the FHS student produced news broadcast received it’s fourth nomination. Know as the “Emmy of high school broadcast journalism” this award is one of the most coveted in the nation. The Broadcast Pacemaker contest is co-sponsored by and the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF). This is the second year that NSPA has accepted entries online through Entries consisted of an entire broadcast news program no longer than 20 minutes. Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content/Coverage
  • Relevancy to audience, significance of subjects covered
  • Writing and editing of the script
  • Language appropriate to audience, smooth transitions
  • Recording and editing of the show
  • Good connections between segments
  • Interviewing skills
  • Interviews were conversational
  • Technical quality
  • Lighting framing, audio

The Pacemaker winners will be revealed at the NSPA’s fall national convention’s awards ceremony in Washington DC on November 14. The finalists were selected by the local Washington DC news stations, the RTNDF and other
national advisers.

 “Getting our fourth nomination was a total surprise and great for our program. The competition is incredible and just to be nominated is truly an honor. The neatest thing about the nomination though, is staff members in the DC broadcast market and the RTNDF selected us, not other high school advisers. These are professionals that were impressed with what our student staff members did this past year. That says a lot about where our kids have taken this program at the high school. Win or lose this gives us credibility and national recognition for our school district and our news broadcast/video yearbook staff,” Adviser Jim McGonnell said.

2AToday/The Vid staff members will travel to Washington for the national convention to receive the nomination plaque and to compete in the Best of Show contests.

“I am looking forward to Saturday’s awards competition, when we find out if we won the Pacemaker, and the overall two days of competition. We are representing Ohio in Washington, because we were the only Ohio news broadcast to be nominated,” Show Producer Senior Carrie Lammers said.

2aToday/The Vid segments can be viewed on the SchoolTube web page at