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.

Journalism Teen Club Founder Val Lauder Publishes Book: Preview


 http://gazette.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NB-The-Back-Page.jpgRead an excerpt from The Back Page: The Personal Face of History by Val Lauder

It is a pleasure to look back on what high school journalists have achieved over the years, with particular attention to a group in Chicago I knew and worked with.  Indeed, they are a featured part of the recently published memoir recounting my years at the Chicago Daily News, The Back Page.   – Val Lauder

The Back Page
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2012 Quill and Scroll Scholarship Winners Begin College

Eight college freshmen are beginning their journalism or communication studies this fall with 2012 Quill and Scroll scholarships.

George and Ophelia Gallup Scholarship winners Beatriz Costa-Lima (Munster HS, Munster, Ind.) is attending the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Kelsey Bell (Francis Howell North HS, St. Charles, Mo.) is attending Ohio University. Edward J. Nell Scholarship recipients Lucas Lostoski (Allen HS, Allen, Texas) is enrolled at the University of Texas-San Antonio; Taylor Ernst (Reno HS, Reno, Nev.) at the University of Nevada-Reno.; Katie Cowart (Bryant HS, Bryant, Ark.) at Arkansas State University-Fayetteville; David Corbat (Fraser HS, Fraser, Mich.) Grand Valley State University; and Rachel Proctor (McKinney HS, McKinney, Texas) University of Missouri-Columbia. Alexis Christy (Jonathan Law HS, Milford, Conn.) received the Richard Johns Scholarship and is attending Northeastern University-Boston.

Here’s more on the 2012 scholarship winners!

Applications for 2013 Quill and Scroll scholarships are due by May 10.


A Prestigious Past: The Big Inch Club

Greg Stiles, right

Quill and Scroll Club Members Reflect

Before computers with spell check, cellphones, and the World Wide Web, there was the Big Inch Club. This Quill and Scroll club honored high school journalists who had written more than 10,000 column inches, an equivalent to writing 90 full pages of a daily newspaper.
In 1947, Ronald Dugger of Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, Texas, became the first

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Alumni Anecdotes










Two Quill and Scroll members share their lives since high school

Literally cutting and pasting is what it took for Dolores Strauss and her fellow students to create their high school newspaper in 1947.  The Quill and Scroll alumnus described the detailed process of typing everything and using make-up pages to actually paste the content on the page

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