Saturday, June 18, 2011

Point Loma, Lincoln Student Journalists Honored

Pt. Loma High Pointer NewsOnline newspapers produced by student journalists at Pt. Loma and Lincoln high schools have been recognized by the Voice of San Diego, the pioneering local online news service.

Lincoln High School Voices of LincolnPt. Loma High's was honored as Best Website by the organization. presented the school's journalism program with a $500 grant. Lincoln High's received honorable mention.

Voice of San Diego's first Excellence in High School Journalism awards were presented in five categories: Best News Story, Best Editorial, Best Feature, Best Photo or Video, and Best Website. Each student winner receives a $500 scholarship to college, and the school winning the best website receives $500 for their journalism program.

"With 100 entries representing 14 schools in San Diego County, the contest was highly competitive," said Camille Gustafson of Voice of San Diego. "The contest celebrates excellence in student news and promotes online platforms for high school journalism. Moving student newspapers online brings the advantages of lower cost, more frequency and relevance, and offers a learning environment closer to the real world."

For more information on the contest, visit Voice of San Diego at

Digital news sites are now online at Clairemont, Kearny, Lincoln, Mission Bay, Pt. Loma and Serra high schools. These schools have news sites similar to professional publications such as Voice of San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune. A feed of articles from these news sites is available on the San Diego Unified website; from the main page,, look for the "News" button and select "Student Media."

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