THE FEATHER ONLINE JOURNALISM AWARDS
National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
The Feather Online is a member of the NSPA and submits its online newspaper for a critique each year to be judged in a digital newspaper category. Members of the staff and adviser Greg Stobbe often attend the NSPA national conventions on the west coast each spring, often in sharing sessions and speaking. The following is a listing of past online national awards since the first submission in 2005.
While The Feather did not earn a Pacemaker nomination in 2017, the online paper earned a NSPA First Class with Three Marks of Distinction during the annual critique in December 2016.
The Feather Online earned its 6th NSPA Pacemaker, April 16, 2016. This is the first time since 2013 The Feather has earned this recognition and winners were announced in Los Angeles at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, April 14-16. The Feather Online has won six NSPA Pacemakers and two other finalist honors since 2006 (Pacemakers: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016). The Feather was one of seven schools in the United States to earn an Online Pacemaker in 2016.
For the first time in school history, The Feather Online won an online Best of Show in a national competition. The Feather won NSPA’s Pacemaker and Best of Show in San Francisco in April 2013. This was the fifth Pacemaker for the small school publication. Check out the article, slideshow and video of the event.
Traditionally high school journalism’s most decorated achievement, the NSPA awarded The Feather Online its fourth Pacemaker in the spring during the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, WA, April 14, 2012. The Feather Online has won four Pacemakers in the last seven years of competition and was one of four California schools to do so in 2012.
The NSPA awarded The Feather Online a third Online Pacemaker during the 2010 NSPA online competition, April 17, in Portland, OR. The Feather was the only California school to earn one. Two years earlier, The Feather Online was awarded a 2008 NSPA Online Pacemaker during competition as one of the best high school newspapers in the country, April 19, in Anaheim, CA. The Feather Online also its first Online Pacemaker award in 2006 in San Francisco, CA. The paper was named a finalist in the 2009 NSPA Online Pacemaker contest and the 2007 NSPA Online Pacemaker contest.
NSPA All-American honors
On what has become a recent challenge for Feather staffs, the 2015 version once again were honored with by the National Scholastic Press Association with a 6th NSPA All-American rating with four Marks of Distinction in December 2015 for their 6th straight honor.
For the fifth year in a row, Feather editors celebrated with the staff as the National Scholastic Press Association honored The Feather Online with five Marks of Distinction and a NSPA All-American rating in 2014. The Feather also earned NSPA All-American honors in 2013 with five Marks of Distinction.
The Feather Online as an All-American online newspaper in November 2012. The campus paper earned Marks of Distinction in four out of five categories. The previous year, the NSPA awarded The Feather Online as an All-American online newspaper a second time in September 2011. And for the first time in school history, The Feather earned distinctions in all five scoring categories.
The NSPA awarded The Feather Online the honor of “All-American” in November 2010 for the first time in school history. The Feather earned 3,998 out of 4,300 points and earned Marks of Distinction in 4/5 categories.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)
The Feather has been submitting to the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for print and online for 16 years. The staff and adviser Greg Stobbe have been attending the CSPA national convention at Columbia University since March 1998, often sharing in sessions and speaking. While The Feather Online is not awarded a CSPA top honor each year, the campus paper has earned nine Crowns since 2009.
As of March 17, 2017, The Feather Online earned its fifth straight CSPA Gold Digital News Crown, during the 93rd annual CSPA Journalism convention at Columbia University, March 15-17, 2017. The Feather has now won seven Gold Crowns all time and two Silver Crowns since 2009. Earlier this school year, The Feather also earned a Gold Medalist critique from CSPA.
The Feather Online won its sixth Gold Digital News Crown in during the the 92nd annual CSPA convention in New York City, March 18, 2016. The Feather has already been honored with another Gold Medalist critique in January 2016. The CSPA does not distinguish between size of school, division or state in the competition. The Feather was one of six schools and three from California to earn the award.
For the third year in a row and its 7th Crown (Gold or Silver), The Feather earned its 5th Gold Crown at the 91st annual CSPA convention at Columbia University in NYC in March 2015.
The CSPA awarded The Feather Online a Gold Crown in March 2014. This is The Feather’s 6th Crown since 2009 and one of only four Gold Crown awarded at the 90th national CSPA convention and the fourth Gold Crown for The Feather overall.
The Feather Online has earned a Crown from CSPA for the fifth year in a row in 2013. A couple of editors traveled to Columbia University in NYC to accept The Feather Online’s 3rd Gold Crown, during the 89th annual Scholastic Convention, March 22, 2013.
Additionally, The Feather Online earned a Gold Medalist designation, Feb. 27, 2013, from CSPA’s Scholastic News Digital Critique. The Feather received 973/1,000 points and was awarded All-Columbian honors in all three categories: Essentials, verbal and visual.
The CSPA announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 88th annual Scholastic Convention in Columbia University’s Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, March 16, 2012. For the fourth straight year, The Feather Online was awarded a Crown: Silver Crown.
On March 18, 2011, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) honored The Feather Online its highest journalistic honor: a Gold Crown–The Feather’s second–one of only two awarded to California high schools.
The CSPA gave The Feather Online its first Gold Crown at Columbia University in New York City, March 19, 2010. Columbia Scholastic Press Association honored The Feather Online with a Silver Crown during its annual spring convention in New York City, March 18, 2009. This is the first time the CSPA gave this award.
FEATHER PRINT EDITION AWARDS
The Feather print edition under the direction of current adviser, Greg Stobbe:*
Superior rating — 2009, 2008
First Place-Sweepstakes winner — 2008
All-Valley Newspaper — 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999
Gold Medal — 2009, 2008, 2006
Silver Medal — 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999
First Place with marks of distinction — 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000
First Place — 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2000
*The print edition of The Feather ceased operations during the 2009-10 school year. However, the editions can be viewed in the archived section.
Feather Online Achievement last updated March 2017