May 17, 2017 / News

NSPA now offering inside look at Pacemaker judging

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

If your yearbook staff holds ambitions of becoming a national Pacemaker winner or Pacemaker Finalist, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is now providing an online resource that could help staffs get there.

A sampling of judge’s comments for each of the recently announced 2016 Yearbook Pacemaker winners – pointing out various strengths from the books – are now online at the NSPA’s website.

Along with the judging highlights, the cover and two spreads from each of the winning entries are also displayed.

The page provides yearbook staffs a great look at what nationally award-winning books do well in the eyes of the judges, regarding coverage, design and theme, and what they can aim for when taking their yearbook program to the next level.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.