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.

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.
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