Inklings, the Staples High School student newspaper, was recently named one of nine Pacemaker newspapers by the National Scholastic Press Association. The finalists were announced on Sept. 11. The winners will be announced in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 16 at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention, which members of the Inklings staff will be attending. The paper was also asked to give a presentation on breaking news, including its coverage of Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
Elements the judges considered were coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; evidence of in-depth reporting; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics, according to the press association. Inklings is a student-run publication, led by nine seniors, with help from four faculty advisers: Julia McNamee, Rebecca Marsick, Mary Elizabeth Fulco, and Lauren Francese. Inklings has more than 100 students participating in the organization. Its website, inklingsnews.com, was a National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker Winner for 2013. The newspaper is also active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The student newspaper has also received numerous Crown awards over the past decade from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, as well as individual awards from a variety of national and state organizations. Inklings covers an array of topics, broken down into five categories: news, sports, opinions, arts and entertainment, and features.
The paper and the web are both run through the Advanced Journalism class at Staples and has been publishing for over 75 years.