The Mirror Announced as Pacemaker Finalist

The Mirror Announced as Pacemaker Finalist

By Mhar Tenorio, Online Editor-in-Chief

Van Nuys High School’s newspaper, The Mirror, has been announced as a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) annual Pacemaker awards.

The Pacemaker is one scholastic journalism’s most distinguished awards, recognizing excellence in high school newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, websites and broadcasting throughout the country.

In Spring 2018, the news website was named also a Pacemaker finalist.

The VNHS journalism program was also recognized for seven individual awards.

Shimla Rahman, the 2017-2018 layout editor, was selected as a finalist for Newsmagazine Cover Design and Newsmagazine Page/Spread Design.

The cover story “What It Means to be Black” was selected as a finalist for Social Justice Reporting by writers Tommy Chan and Devorah Porter. Porter received a second nomination for Opinion Article of the Year for her essay “I Am Not Defined by My Hair or By You.”

The Mirror also garnered recognition for six categories in the Individual Awards.

Rahman received recognition for last year’s second issue, “American Carnage”, in the newsmagazine cover design category.

Photo editor for 2017-2018, Theresa Nguyen, is a photojournalist of the year finalist.

Additionally, The Mirror is also up for the Informational Graphic award for the Net Neutrality story in last year’s December issue.

The winners will be announced Nov. 4 at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago.