Ten schools earn Gallup designation in 2018 News Media Evaluation service

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By Caitlyn Martin

Judges cited 10 school publications from nine states as George H. Gallup recipients in the 2018 Quill and Scroll News Media Evaluation service.

Named for the founder of Quill and Scroll and the Gallup Poll, the award is given only to those publications that achieved and sustained excellence during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Gallup Award recognition is based on extraordinary improvement, exceptional service to the school and community, editorial campaigns, and in-depth reporting on special issues.

International First Place Award recognition went to 19 schools. The International Second Place Award was awarded to 11 schools. The International Honor Award was earned by four schools.

Gallup Award  

Indiana

Munster – Munster High School

Judge’s comment: “Their coverage of academics far outshines most scholastic publications, and overall their writing is quite strong.”

Iowa

Johnston – Johnston High School

Judge’s comment: “The writing, editing, and headline writing are all top-notch. Photography is also excellent. The website is a strong addition to their coverage.”

Minnesota

Stillwater – Stillwater Area High School

Judge’s comment: “All stories are meticulously edited. Headlines are well written. Photos are always well edited, are clear, and help convey the story. Beautiful work consistently!”

Missouri

St. Charles – Francis Howell North High School

Judge’s comment: “The student journalists of Francis Howell North are dedicated and talented. They work hard to inform and engage their audience in many different ways. I’d wager that their print product is a must-read on distribution day.”

Webster Groves – Webster Groves High School

Judge’s comment: “Their website is a comprehensive extension of their newsmagazine, or maybe the other way around, consistent in post frequency and high-quality visuals to draw the reader in.”

New Jersey

Wall – Communications High School

Judge’s comment: “Really the best coverage I have seen—broad and significant. In addition, their wonderful graphics and designs, especially double page spreads, are outstanding and bring the rating to superior.”

Ohio

Liberty Township – Lakota East High School

Judge’s comment: “The Spark seems to have a definite personality formed by all staff members. Outstanding coordination between writers, photographers, designers and perhaps page editors yielding strong journalism.”

South Carolina

Mount Pleasant – Wando High School

Judge’s comment: “The Tribal Tribune is a fine publication, worthy of the highest honors. Several reporters really dug deep throughout the year and several writers opened up and shared unique voices.”

Texas

Austin – McCallum High School

Judge’s comment: “They produce a very professional looking publication both online and in print. Broad and varied coverage, quality graphics, and thoughtful design culminate here.”

Virginia

McLean – McLean High School

Judge’s comment: “The Highlander is an exceptionally well-written and well-designed magazine. Their choice of stories reflects a thoughtful approach to providing readers with a wealth of interesting and informative material.”

International First Place

California

Fullerton – Troy High School

Granite Bay – Granite Bay High School

Irvine – Irvine High School

Redlands – Redlands Unity High School

Florida

Miami – Felix Varela Sr. High School

Winter Park – Trinity Preparatory School

Georgia

Atlanta – Henry W. Grady High School

Cumming – South Forsyth High School

Woodstock – The King’s Academy

Illinois

Lake Zurich – Lake Zurich High School

Mundelein – Mundelein High School

Indiana

Crown Point – Crown Point High School

Fishers – Fishers High School

Indianapolis – Lawrence North High School

Iowa

Davenport – Davenport West High School

Missouri

Chesterfield – Marquette High School

Kirkwood – Kirkwood High School

Nixa – Nixa High School

Virginia

Harrisonburg – Harrisonburg High School

International Second Place

California

Los Angeles – Harvard-Westlake Middle School

Florida

Pompano Beach – Pompano Beach High School

Sarasota – Riverview High School

Illinois

St. Charles – St. Charles East High School

Michigan

Shelby Township – Eisenhower High School

Sterling Heights – Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Minnesota

New Hope – Robbinsdale Cooper High School

Oregon

Tualatin – Tualatin High School

Pennsylvania

Haverford – The Haverford School

Virginia

Nokesville – Patriot High School

Wisconsin

Weston – D.C. Everest Senior High School

International Honors

Ontario

Toronto – Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

California

Redlands – Redlands High School

Missouri

St. Louis – Ritenour High School

Pennsylvania

Leetsdale – Quaker Valley High School

 

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