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The Best of the Best: RNE's Cavplex - Convergence Media Program wins big!


Richland Northeast High School has one of the best-broadcast news programs in the country. At a convention held earlier this month in Chicago, members of the school’s Cavplex - Convergence Media Program learned RNE-TV Live won the National Scholastic Press Association’s Broadcast Pacemaker award. According to Convergence Media Magnet Director Andrew J. Chambers, the Pacemaker has a rich tradition and is the oldest, most prestigious scholastic journalism award.

“It is unofficially compared to the high school equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize,” said Chambers. “Our young broadcasters produce high-quality shows daily that in my humble observation can easily compete with many local, regional, and national newscasts.”

Richland Northeast is just one of 10 high schools from across the country to receive the honor. Winners were announced at the JEA/NSPA (Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association) Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Each high school entered three broadcasts from the 2017-2018 school year.

School Principal Dr. Sabrina Suber says students get real broadcast news experience with real deadlines, complete with technical difficulties that they have to work through live on the air. “CavPlex students leave Richland Northeast with strong communication skills and have been introduced to some of journalism’s latest methods, tools and techniques.”

Last April, RNE-TV Live was nominated for an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast chapter. Additionally, Dr. Suber received the Dr. Kay Phillips Administrator of the Year award from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association for her support of the Cavplex program.