Judge’s comments on BP’s 2010 Story of the Year Award

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The Boiling Point won first place from the National Scholastic Press Association in the “Multimedia Package” category for its coverage of Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach’s resignation and its fallout last spring.  Here are the judge’s comments.


First place:

Breaking news is rare at a high school and, because of publication schedules, rarely covered in real time. Shalhevet High School’s The Boiling Point faced a true breaking news story: Its head of school announced his resignation abruptly in the middle of the school year. The staff more than met the challenge of reporting the story while it was going on. By reproducing emails, doing shoe-leather reporting and interviewing the people involved, The Boiling Point was able to piece together a great package of stories and video that blooms from a one-sentence email sent close to midnight into a comprehensive collection of pieces about the principal, his accomplishments and a confused school population.


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