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PLD Lamplighter staff 2018-19


This article in the very first edition of PLD Lamplighter explains how the name was chosen.

 

PLD Lamplighter was established in 1990 as the school newspaper for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY.

The original school newspaper staff held a school-wide vote to name the newspaper, and in December 1990, The Lamplighter was chosen to represent the school’s namesake, Paul Laurence Dunbar, who held a job as an actual lamplighter in his early years. The staff also felt like the name represented the newspaper’s mission to “illuminate the news for the students, by the students.”

Since 2006 the adviser has been Mrs. Wendy Turner, who was awarded Kentucky High School Media Teacher of the Year in 2014.

For more information about the original staff, check out the 25th-anniversary profile “Where are They Now?”

Honors and Recognitions:

  • 2016-2019 SNO Distinguished Site
  • 2019 Featured in Washington Post
  • 2019 CSPA Gold Medalist
  • 2019 2nd place for Best High School News Website in the Mark of Excellence Contest
  • 2019 1st place for Best News Story in the Mark of Excellence Contest
  • 2018 NSPA Digital Story of the Year
  • 2018 1st place for Best Multimedia Production in the Mark of Excellence Contest
  • 2018 1st place for Best High School News Website in the Mark of Excellence Contest
  • 2018 1st place for Best News Story in the Mark of Excellence Contest
  • 2018 NSPA Digital Story of the Year
  • 2017 CSPA Gold Medalist
  • 2016 NSPA All-American with Five Marks of Distinction
  • 2016 CSPA Gold Medalist
  • 2016 3rd place NSPA Feature Photo of the Year
  • 2016 1st place NSPA Environmental Photo of the Year
  • 2016 NSPA Best of Show, 4th place
  • 2016 Finalist for NSPA Online Pacemaker
  • 2016 Honorable Mention for CSPA Gold Circle Award in Digital Media Sports Features (story)
  • 2015 2nd place for Best High School News Website, among other awards, in the Mark of Excellence Contest hosted by Western Kentucky University
  • 2015 1st place NSPA Multimedia Feature Story of the Year, “Lighting the Torch” serial podcast
  • 2015 Featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader

 

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