THE FEATHER ONLINE JOURNALISM AWARDS
National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
The Feather Online is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and submits its online newspaper for a critique each year to be judged in a digital newspaper category. Members of the staff and advisers Greg Stobbe and Kori Friesen often attend NSPA national conventions on the west coast during the spring, presenting and attending sessions and workshops. The following is a listing of Feather achievement in national online awards since the first submission in 2005.
Currently, The Feather Online is one of 16 high school news sites that the NSPA honored as a 2020 Online Pacemaker in its prestigious Pacemaker competition. According to the NSPA website, Pacemakers will be recognized with plaques on April 17. The Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Nashville was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are encouraged to watch the NSPA -NSPA Live! Best of Show and Pacemaker Awards at noon CDT, April 17. There were 28 finalists and 16 were awarded 2020 NSPA Online Pacemakers. The Feather was one of two digital papers honored from California.
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.
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 earned three other finalist honors (2007, 2009, 2018) 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 and first online Best of Show . 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.
The paper was named a finalist in the 2009 NSPA Online Pacemaker contest.
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 was a 2007 NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist.
The Feather Online earned its first Online Pacemaker award in 2006 in San Francisco, CA, in April.
NSPA All-American, First Class honors
The Feather Online earned a First Class with three Marks of Distinction in an NSPA critique, Feb. 11, 2020.
In this NSPA critique, judge Brian Higgins, adviser of the Wingspan online newspaper in Frisco, Texas, said The Feather is described as a news site capable of telling the stories of the students at Fresno Christian.
“The Feather is such an impressive digital publication,” judge Higgins said. “The coverage is wide ranging and in depth with excellent reporting and research. Multimedia is seamlessly interwoven into many stories. Categories are creative and topics are diverse. It is the complete package. In addition to the outstanding coverage, writing, design and photography, what is distinctive is the personal emphasis in concept. This book is all about the students at Fresno Christian School and their lives, their thoughts, their hopes and dreams.”
In Higgins critique, he scored The Feather Online with 477/510 points. The three Marks of Distinction come in Coverage & Content, Interactivity & Community and Breaking News.
“Having judged dozens upon dozens of sites over the years,” Higgins wrote, “there’s no question The Feather’s online publication is one of the strongest ever seen. Featuring tons of content, countless visuals, audio files, and compelling articles that are written well, the students, staff, and community of Fresno Christian Schools should be proud of everything this site provides.”
The NSPA Publication Critique Service awarded The Feather an All-American honor rating in January 2019 as part of it annual review for the 2018 fall semester. Judge Joseph Humphrey reported that The Feather Online is “surely one of the top sites in the country. … The Feather is an impressive, impressive website and has been for quite some time. … I’m especially impressed by how this truly is a student-led enterprise.”
Judge Humphrey awarded the 2018 Feather 478/510 points and Four Marks of Distinction.
While The Feather did not earn a Pacemaker nomination in 2017, the online paper earned a NSPA First Class with Three Marks of Distinction in 2017.
The Feather also earned an NSPA First Class with Four Marks of Distinction in 2016.
On what has become a recent challenge for Feather staffs, the 2015 version once again was 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 at 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 20 years. The staff and adviser Greg Stobbe have been attending the CSPA national convention at Columbia University since March 1998, often presenting and attending sessions. While The Feather Online is not awarded a CSPA top honor each year, the campus daily internet paper has earned ten Crowns since 2009.
In its annual critique, The Feather Online was rejudged an honored with a CSPA Gold Medalist critique and three All-Columbian designations, Feb. 3, 2020. The Feather received 982/1000 points. The CSPA committee followed up with a summary of The Feather’s prowess with the following statement.
“The Feather is such an impressive digital publication. The coverage is wide ranging and in depth with excellent
reporting and research. Multimedia is seamlessly interwoven into many stories. Categories are creative and topics are diverse. It is the complete package. In addition to the outstanding coverage, writing, design and photography, what is distinctive is the personal emphasis in concept.
“This book is all about the students at Fresno Christian School and their lives, their thoughts, their hopes and dreams. It is a personal approach which the staff has succeeded in accomplishing. One cannot help but feel a connection to the school community when visiting this site. That’s what makes it so special. Congratulations on publishing an outstanding digital newspaper and your Gold Medalist and All Columbian honors. The Feather is an exemplar example of a digital news publication.”
The CSPA has honored The Feather Online with a Gold Medalist critique for the 2017-2018 school year, September 2018.
With another publications year nearing an end, The Feather Online earned its sixth straight (eighth overall) CSPA Gold Digital News Crown, during the 94th annual CSPA Spring Scholastic Convention, March 14-16, 2018, on the campus of Columbia University. The Feather was further honored when the CSPA published a Feather video on it website: CSPA Spring Convention 2018 Recap. Besides the 2018 Gold Crown, The Feather also earned a Gold Medalist critique from the CSPA in 2018.
As of March 17, 2017, The Feather Online earned its fifth straight and seventh overall 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 in 2017.
The Feather Online won its sixth Gold Digital News Crown in during 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 the school, division or state in the competition. The Feather was one of six schools and three from California to earn the award.
The Feather also earned a CSPA Gold Medalist critique in 2016.
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 Feather also earned a CSPA Gold Medalist critique in 2015.
The CSPA awarded The Feather Online a fourth 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 also earned a CSPA Gold Medalist critique in 2014.
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.
The Feather also earned a CSPA Gold Medalist critique in 2012. and The Feather was honored with a 2nd Silver Crown in 2012.
On March 18, 2011, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) honored The Feather Online its highest journalistic honor: an Online Gold Crown–The Feather’s second–one of only two awarded to California high schools.
The CSPA gave The Feather Online its first Online 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.
The campus online paper has earned two CSPA Silver Crowns: its 1st Silver Crown in 2009.
FEATHER PRINT EDITION AWARDS
The Feather print edition under the direction of current adviser, Greg Stobbe:*
San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association
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.
Feather Achievement last updated April 2020.