Midway website receives national honor


Maria Shaughnessy

Peter Pu, Arts Editor

The U-High Midway website has been named a finalist for the Online Pacemaker Award, a national recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association.

In total, 28 high school student news websites were honored out of 185 entries. Winners will be announced April 18 at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Nashville. 

The Pacemaker awards recognize websites, newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and broadcasts. Judges consider coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

Leland Culver, assistant managing editor, who has responsibility for the website, said, “A lot of what I’ve been doing is on the story level, making sure all the elements are always there, stories are set up so they look nice and there’s some variety, we always promote on Facebook, and we try to have as many featured images that are actually images and not placards.”

The Midway print edition has been a Pacemaker Award winner nine times and a finalist three additional times, most recently for 2018-19.

“The Midway website has come a long way and the whole staff had worked really hard this year,” Editor-in-Chief Abigail Slimmon said. “We are super excited and honored to be nominated.”