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Database connects pros with scholastic media

Society of Professional Journalists members and local chapters want to share their expertise with elementary, middle and high school journalism programs. Teachers and students can use the Journalism Education Database, created by SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee, to locate mentors, supporters and instructors.

“Recent research shows that many middle and high school journalism teachers feel overwhelmed by their lack of training opportunities and inability to find local mentors,” said SPJ Journalism Education Committee Chair Butler Cain. “SPJ wishes to inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists. With this database, it’s our hope that all student journalists will be able to receive the encouragement and assistance they need to pursue a future in journalism.”

Nearly 40 professional journalists from across the country have signed up to share their knowledge and experiences, whether it is by conducting a video-conference with student journalists, discussing successful teaching techniques with journalism teachers, or visiting a local classroom to discuss journalism topics.

And the winners are…

Winners of the 2015 Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest for high school students as well as middle/junior high school students and the Blogging Competition have been announced.

Plaques, certificates and Gold Keys are en route to Writing and Photo winners. Winning bloggers receive digital badges and evaluations that are delivered via email.

High school competition winners also are eligible as seniors to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships to study journalism or communications in college. Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than May 10.

Looking for seniors planning media majors

Are you a graduating high school senior planning to major in journalism or a mass communications area?

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists wants you to apply for one of its scholarships. Postmark deadline is May 10.

Eight freshmen attended colleges and universities across the country this year after receiving Quill and Scroll scholarships that ranged from $500 to $1,500. We anticipate awarding a similar number of scholarships in that monetary range for the 2014-15 school year.

Sweepstakes and National winners of the Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence and the International Writing and Photo contests, winners of the Blogging Competition as well as Quill and Scroll Honor Society members are eligible to apply in their senior year.

Recipients will be notified in July, and scholarships are deposited in college accounts at the start of the school year after the awardees submit required information, a photo for promotional materials and an essay on the select topic.

More information and the application are available on the Quill and Scroll website.

 

Six schools cited for upholding First Amendment

Six high schools will receive the 2014 First Amendment Press Freedom Award in recognition of their support, education and protection of the First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media for which students make final content decisions.

A committee representing Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association presents the award annually following an extensive application process. Student editors, media teachers and administrators complete a questionnaire regarding the school’s First Amendment practices, and provide copies of student media policies, for review by the committee.

2014 First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners are:

  • Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco
  • Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.
  • Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
  • North Central High School, Indianapolis
  • Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, N.Y.

Two of the schools are first-time recipients: North Central High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, which is not only a first-time awardee, but the second private school to ever be recognized.

The schools will be honored April 10 at the opening ceremony of the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego.

Applications for the 2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award are due by Dec. 1. For more information on the award program, visit the JEA website.

Principal’s Guide available

The Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism keeps administrators up-to-date with the release of a new edition. Published by Quill and Scroll Foundation with support from the American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative, this book helps create a well-rounded learning environment for students.

The guide also has a companion website, principalsguide.org, which provides extras such as an audio presentation by JEA 2012 Administrator of the Year Susan Enfield. Information about online and social media uses and ethics are included, which are useful to teachers and administrators when instructing their students on journalism skills. The information addressing the use of electronic media can even be advantageous to students who want to learn more about scholastic journalism.

“I hope it will show administrators, teachers, students and communities that scholastic journalism free of arbitrary censorship is the best way to achieve established school missions and goals,” said John Bowen, editor of the book and chair of the JEA Scholastic Press Rights Commission. “Journalism is an extremely efficient way for students to master the various outcomes and parts of Common Core and P21 learning standards. Scholastic journalism reaches its peak in student learning when students are responsible for their content and journalistic efforts.”

Writers contributing to the guide are scholastic journalism educators, many of whom are members of the Journalism Education Association Student Press Rights Commission. In addition to the ASNE Youth Journalism Initiative, supporters of the publication included the JEA, Kent State University School of Journalism and its Center for Scholastic Journalism.

The Principal’s Guide to Scholastic Journalism: What administrators need to know about student media is available through Quill and Scroll and the JEA bookstore at $5 each.

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Enter 2014 Writing, Photo and Blog contests: Slideshow and Multimedia divisions added

High school student-produced blogs, slideshows and multimedia productions are among the entries accepted in the 2014 Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society Writing and Photo Contest. New divisions – Photo Slideshows and Multimedia – Features – have been added to the types of journalism students can have judged.

Quill and Scroll also conducts a Writing and Photo Contest for Middle School and Junior High School students.

The Writing and Photo Contest and Blogging Competition are co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors Youth Journalism Initiative and Viacom.

Entry fees for the Writing and Photo Contest are $2 per entry. The Blogging Competition entails an evaluation and has a $5 per entry fee.

Enter the Writing and Photo Contest and at the same time register for the 2014 News Media Evaluation to save money and receive the 2013 NME Gallup Award winners PowerPoint presentation CD. The full NME evaluation package is $65 and the ratings-only package is $50.

Entries should be postmarked no later than Feb. 5. See the contest entry form for more information.

End-of-the-year events

As the school year winds down, a host of events begin to crowd the already-packed schedules of high school journalism teachers and students.

Here’s a to-do list Quill and Scroll composed to help our members include organization activities amidst the media deadlines, final exams, workshop planning, award ceremonies and contest deadlines.

  • News Media Evaluations: Conduct staff-assessments as end-of-the-year activities. After producing the final publication you want evaluated, package it along with three other issues and send to Quill and Scroll. Learn more information and download the staff evaluation here. The NME entry period begins April 1; send evaluation materials by June 15 to receive the judges’ feedback by the start of the school year. Quill and Scroll also offers a shorter ratings-only service.
  • New member inductions: Identify students to induct as Quill and Scroll members. Plan induction ceremonies, if desired. Many staffs induct new members at the end of the school year. This is a good time to also order special awards, honor cords and member pins.
  • Encourage graduating senior staff members who plan to major in journalism or communications in college to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships. Deadline is May 10.
  • Teachers planning to study journalism this summer to improve their instruction next year should consider applying for a Quill and Scroll scholarship for continuing education. Deadline is April 15.
  • ENJOY SUMMER!

Congratulations to 2012 Yearbook Excellence Contest Winners

Winners of the 2012 Yearbook Excellence Contest, sponsored by Walsworth Yearbooks and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, have been announced.

Judges commended the heightened creativity of the winners. The judges also commented on the fine reporting, in-depth captions, and strong visual packages of the winning pieces. In addition, the theme development winners were cited for their unique designs and diligent work in producing creative yearbooks.

A total of 36 Sweepstakes Winners and 266 National Winners in 18 divisions were selected – one for each school category – from more than 2,000 entries. The categories are based on enrollment; class A is comprised of schools with 750 or more students and class B schools have 749 or fewer.

Sweepstakes Winners receive a plaque and National Winners receive Gold Keys. As seniors, all winners have the opportunity to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships.

A complete list of Yearbook Excellence Contest winners has been posted.

2013 Writing and Photo Contest Features Blogging

A Blogging Competition for high school students has been added to the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society Writing and Photo Contest. Other changes include a separate Writing and Photo Contest for Middle School and Junior High School students, and the addition of Photo Illustrations and Infographics categories in the high school contest.

Enter the Writing and Photo Contest and at the same time register for the 2013 News Media Evaluation to receive the 2012 NME Gallup Award winners PowerPoint presentation CD and save money. The full NME evaluation package is $65 and the ratings-only package is $50.

Entries should be postmarked no later than Feb. 5. The 2013 contest is co-sponsored by hsj.org and my.hsj.org.

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