The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced individual contest finalists in the 2013 NSPA Awards Week. Niles West News (NWN) writer Ena Sarancic was named a finalist for the Story of the Year (Diversity) award. Her article “Ruhi Qurashi: The Passionate Muslim Gymnast” qualified in the Diversity category. Last year, NWN editor Gabby Abesami was a finalist in the same category and her story went on to win first place.
The Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by The Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Student work is honored in the following five categories: News, Feature, Editorial, Sports and Diversity. This year there were more than 750 entries for Story of the Year. Finalists were selected based on the following criteria: value, importance or worth of story; quality of reporting and quotes; quality of writing and editing; and credibility and leadership.
Winners will be announced at the Journalism Education Association / NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on November 16 in Boston.
To read the nominated story, go to: http://www.nileswestnews.org/features/ruhi-qurashi-the-passionate-muslim/
The Niles West News Adviser is Evelyn Lauer, Certified Journalism Educator.