The SNO Distinguished Sites recognition program gives news staffs six standards that will help their publications excel online.  As each standard is met, that site will be awarded a badge on the SNO client list.

News staffs should submit their site for each badge individually.  We invite you to apply for those badges that highlight your site’s strengths, while working to achieve the others.  If a site earns all six badges, it will be awarded the honor of being a SNO Distinguished Site for the calendar year.  In addition, SNO Distinguished Sites will receive a press release, a letter to sent the institution’s principal or PR department, and a certificate.

The application period for 2015 starts on Jan 1, 2015 is open through May 1, 2015; there is no limit to the number of times that a site can apply for an individual badge. The badges are awarded on an annual basis, so the badges awarded in 2014 will remain on the client list until Dec 31, 2014 and those awarded in 2015 will remain on the client list until Dec 31, 2015.

Continuous Coverage Badge

To earn this badge, a news staff must update their site regularly and demonstrate a commitment to timely online journalism.
Find the badge criteria here and complete this form to apply for the Continuous Coverage Badge.

Site Excellence Badge

To earn this badge, a news staff must customize their homepage beyond the initial SNO design with a clear sense of purpose for every element on the homepage.
Find the badge criteria here and complete this form to apply for the Site Excellence Badge.

Story Page Excellence Badge

To earn this badge, a news staff must submit eight fully-developed stories from the current school year that go beyond the text to enhance the reader’s experience.
Find the badge criteria here and complete this form to apply for the Story Page Excellence Badge.

Excellence in Writing Badge

This badge is automatically awarded to news staffs with at least three stories from this school year published on Best of SNO, a site dedicated to excellence in student journalism.
Find the badge criteria here and submit to Best of SNO here.

Multimedia Badge

To earn this badge, a news staff must submit at least three videos and three slideshows published during the current school year that meet standards of excellence in multimedia production.
Find the badge criteria here and complete this form to apply for the Multimedia Badge.

Engagement Badge

To earn this badge, a news staff must meet a minimum traffic threshold, use social media to engage their audience, and study analytics to measure their readership.
Find the badge criteria here and complete this form to apply for the Engagement Badge.

Click here to view all the criteria.