Harker Journalism wins awards at D.C. convention


Arushi Saxena

Harker Journalism earned several awards following the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 19 to 23. The Winged Post won its first Pacemaker in ten years, Harker Aquila won sixth place in Best of Show and four individual stories received honorable mentions in various Story of the Year categories.

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

Harker Journalism was recognized at the national level at the JEA/NSPA fall high school journalism convention in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 23. The recognition followed nominations for 2019 Digital Story of the Year, Social Justice Reporting, Local Climate Change Reporting and a Pacemaker on Sept. 19. 

Following an evaluation at the convention which incorrectly placed Harker Aquila in the category of schools with 1500 students or more, the news site garnered sixth place in Best of Show, a contest in which school publications are critiqued by advisors and journalism educators. 

The Winged Post, the upper school’s print publication, won its third Pacemaker award in 22 years for the staff’s work in the 2018-2019 school year, under editors-in-chief Prameela Kottapalli (‘19) and Kat Zhang (‘19). The newspaper was among 19 schools in the nation to receive the honor from a pool of 220 news publications who were chosen as finalists in the competition. The Winged Post has been a finalist in the competition six times, and the paper last won this award in the 2007-2008 school year.

Harker Journalism received honorable mentions in Social Justice Reporting and Local Climate Change Reporting for its story by guest writer Mahika Halepete (12) on the refugee crisis and for reporting by Arya Maheswari (11), Varsha Rammohan (11), Lucy Ge (10) and Michael Eng (11) on the Green New Deal

Harker Journalism also received two honorable mentions in the 2019 Digital Story of the Year category for its story by Eric Fang (12), Kathy Fang (12), Arushi Saxena (11) and Anna Vazhaeparambil on June’s California Democratic Convention and its feature story by Kathy Fang (12) and Jessie Wang (12) on Dr. Thomas Artiss’ beekeeping. This was the first time Harker Journalism’s stories were on the list.