The City Voice is honored to have been named as one of the first ever National Scholastic Press Association Innovation Pacemaker Publications! The NSPA Pacemaker, “the association’s preeminent award,” has been presented since the 1920s, and is considered one of the highest honors student journalists in the US can receive. Pacemakers in categories including Newspaper and Broadcast have been presented for decades, but the Innovation Pacemaker was offered for the first time in 2022 to “encourage out-of-the-box thinking and reward student media for the courage to take chances to improve service to their school communities.”
Only four publications were honored at Saturday’s awards ceremony, chosen from among a national pool of eight finalists announced earlier this year. Student leaders of The City Voice were able to attend the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles to compete after receiving a grant from the Michigan Press Association Foundation, which supports community journalism throughout Michigan. The City Voice is honored to represent City High Middle School as an Innovation Pacemaker Publication, and will strive to continue innovating in years to come!