The Highlighter named best newspaper in new york city of 2016
by Isela Larreinaga, Editor-in-chief, 17'
You hear your name being called out, they announce that you are the winner and your group of friends burst into a roar of cheers. You walk to the stage, your emotions running in different directions and your hands fumbling with each other. You step onto the stage and the announcer hands you the award in your hands, “You did it!”, she says. You look back at your friends and break into a huge smile with tears. This is how the Journalism team of The Highlighter, felt and experienced at the Newsies! Award Ceremony.
On November 3rd, the journalism team was invited to the Newsies! after being nominated for eight categories. The categories were Best Election Coverage, Best Social Media Assisted Reporting, Best Community News, Best Sports Reporting, Best School Coverage, Multimedia Storytelling Reporting, Best Online News Site, and Best Print Newspaper. Compared to previous wins, The Highlighter took home five first place awards, two runner up awards, and one honorable mention.
It was a huge improvement from last year winning 3 awards. This year we have won 8 awards that reflects the outstanding progression we have made to achieve success. Our newspaper is a primary example of the “Best Newspaper” in NYC. According to the Newsies! Judges, it was “hard hitting, locally relevant reporting.”, which puts us in a position to be looked up to by other high school newspaper teams. Hillcrest has come along way from previous years, yet alone, the newspaper team itself, and this demonstrates we can all succeed together as a community.
The Highlighter team was super stoked when their articles kept winning first place which filled everyone with happiness and joy. The newspaper has changed in several different ways and is still changing, to this day. Each year more staff members are added while others move onto bigger and better things. Ardous work, thought, emotion, and sweat was put into creating the newspaper that achieved recognition. Countless hours of creating different templates, rearranging articles, editing back and forth between an editor and writer.
Without the help of every single staff member in the team, the newspaper would have not had this spectacular outcome.The great aspect about this newspaper is the collaboration of every single member. Every single individual has a different taste and unique admirations; some love to write about politics, others love to write about school news, and this is has been our engine towards success. All our different personalities was displayed in the newspaper. We won multiple awards this year, it was an incredible feeling and motivation for our current and future members that form part of The Highlighter team. The Highlighter wholeheartedly accepts the recognition given and it is a precious memory that will bestow in the hearts of everyone.
Let's go Hillcrest!