By Paw Print Staff
For the first time in four years, the Payton Paw Print attended the Scholastic Press Association awards ceremony at Northwestern’s downtown Medill campus.
The event featured a panel of current Northwestern journalism students, as well as current local news reporters, such as guest speaker Mauricio Peña, a Chicago Chalkbeat reporter. Peña encouraged student journalists to pursue stories that other forms of media haven’t reported on yet, and to highlight unique experiences of individuals through journalism.
Junior Editors-in-Chief Bridget Galibois and Megha Khemka, and Managing Editor of Community and Culture Vivian Kaleta, also competed in “writeoff” competitions during the day, which gave them 50 minutes to write an article (feature, sports news, or editorial) based on a given situation.
The SPAC committee reviewed Paw Print’s second print edition of the school year from December 2022, which featured stories about youth and politics, recycling, and op-eds about student equity. The judges enjoyed how the edition “highlight[ed] stories that don’t shy away from potentially controversial topics,” and recognized it with an Excellent Overall Website award.
Payton journalists received 12 awards at the ceremony, with Bridget Galibois receiving five awards, along with Megha Khemka and Senior Editor-in-Chief Isabelle Ravanas taking home three awards each.
Additionally, Galibois received a student fellowship from the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, along with a grant to attend a summer journalism program.
See below for the award-winning pieces published by the Paw Print.
Staff Editorial: Excellent Achievement
Op-Ed: Lunchtime at Payton doesn’t serve student equity, by Senior Editor-in-Chief Isabelle Ravanas
Personality Profile: Excellent Achievement
Once a Grizzly, always a Grizzly: Payton alum reflects on returning as a teacher, by Junior Editor-in-Chief Megha Khemka
Community Story: Excellent Achievement
“I’ll be the judge of that!” Student election judges on the 2022 midterm elections, by Junior Editor-in-Chief Bridget Galibois
Opinion Piece/Column: Excellent Achievement
Starting school later? That’s the dream (or is it?), by Managing Editor of Community and Culture Olivia Sampson
Infographic: Excellent Achievement
Halloween Zodiac, by Arts and Entertainment Editor Anna Calkins
Broadcast Feature Story: Excellent Achievement
Encountering Ecuador, by PNN Executive Producer Julianna Mokaya
Sports Photo Superior Achievement (1st Place)
“Spirit for Seniors” (from the article Seniors, spirit, and celebration: The 2022 fall sports pep rally), by Photo Editor Peter Albu
Non-Sports Photo Superior Achievement (1st Place)
“Before the Surf” (from the article Rolling up the red carpet: A recap of the 2022 Homecoming Dance), by Photo Editor Peter Albu
Overall Newspaper: Excellent Achievement
Paw Print Editorial Board (Senior Editor-in-Chief Isabelle Ravanas, and Junior Editors-in-Chief Bridget Galibois and Megha Khemka)
Overall Website: Excellent Achievement
Paw Print Editorial Staff (Senior Editor-in-Chief Isabelle Ravanas, Junior Editors-in-Chief Bridget Galibois and Megha Khemka, and Website Editor Andrew Sassower)
Write-Offs: Best Feature
2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago Student Fellowship