Grady’s The Southerner will be inducted in the NSPA Hall of Fame


Grady Journalists garnered many awards at the Journalism Education

Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall National High School

Journalism Convention, which was held in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 15-18.

The Southerner received a National Pacemaker Award at the NSPA awards

ceremony on Nov. 17. This is The Southerner’s eighth Pacemaker Award, widely

considered the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism.  It also marks the

fourth time in school history that the Southerner has earned the Pacemaker

Award in consecutive years.


The Southerner also was the only publication inducted into the NSPA

All-American Hall of Fame this year.  The Hall of Fame recognizes

publications that receive All-American ratings for 10 of the past 11 years.

The Southerner placed fifth in the NSPA Best of Show Competition at the

convention. Grady News Now, Grady’s broadcast program, also placed fifth in

the Best of Show competition.


Grady journalists were earned awards in the JEA Write-Off competition, held

at the convention on Nov. 16. Jeffrey Cox and Justin Williams (broadcast

package) and Joe Lavine (sports writing) earned excellent ratings. Mary

Condolora (editorial writing), Jolie Jones (feature writing), Troy Kleber

(news writing) and Sofia Sifnaios (videography) earned honorable mention


Congratulations to the staffs of The Southerner and GNN and all of the young

journalists who competed at the convention.  Very special thanks to Kate

Carter, Thaddeus Roberts, Felecia Williams, and Dave Winter for the hard

work and dedication to the Grady journalism program.


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