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KSPA crowns January story contest winners

Five students from across the state won first place in the KSPA January Story of the Month contest. The winners: Sports Story First — Jessica Green, Maize HS, “Wrestling with Weight” Second — Drew Porter, Holton HS, “Lady Cats win Basehor Tourney” Opinion First — Skylar Bond, Holton HS, “‘The…...

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Newton HS photo wins January contest

Shannon Ahlstedt of Newton High School won the Sports Photography contest and was judged Best in Show in KSPA’s January Photo of the Month contest. Ahlstedt’s photograph of NHS wrestler Hugh McConnell captured the judges’ eye because of its clarity and focus, but also because it captured a pivotal moment…...

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HS Journalist of the Year deadline is Feb. 15

Another slow January snow day? There’s no better time than for your school’s top two senior journalists to work on their portfolios for the annual High School Journalist of the Year competition. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. They’ll be eligible to win up to $1,250 at the state…...

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Discussion highlights value of multimedia journalism education

Howard Finberg, the director of interactive studies at The Poynter Institute, and Jeff Jarvis from the City University of New York appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Dec. 20 morning program to talk about the value of a multimedia journalism education. Their discussion focuses primarily on educating college students, but it…...

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2011 Regional contests set at six sites

KSPA Regional contests will again take place at six sites around Kansas, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2011. Entry deadlines are Jan. 28 for the Feb. 24 regionals, and Jan. 31 for the KU regional. The contests: Thursday, Feb. 24 at Kansas State University Thursday, Feb. 24 at Wichita State…...

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Video news programs join KSPA’s All-Kansas lineup in 2011

KSPA in spring 2011 will provide its first video news program All-Kansas critique and ratings service, and in advance of that, the online standards and ratings book is ready and linked here. The standards are based on current practices of professional and student broadcast journalism sites, as well as those…...

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24 Kansas publications earn Best of Show awards at NSPA convention

Led by Shawnee Mission East’s newspaper and website, as well as the Maize South Middle School yearbook, 24 Kansas publications earned Best of Show honors at the JEA/NSPA national convention Nov. 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo. The Harbinger newspaper and the student news website, smeharbinger.net, both from Shawnee Mission East,…...

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KSPA unveils news website standards in advance of spring All-Kansas deadline

KSPA in spring 2011 will provide its first online news All-Kansas critique and ratings service, and in advance of that, the online standards and ratings book is ready and linked here. The standards are based on current practices of professional and student online journalism sites, as well as those standards…...

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September photo contest winners announced

Students from Shawnee Mission North, Pittsburg, Shawnee Mission East and Blue Valley West captured first places in KSPA’s first Photo of the Month competition. Below are the winners and runners-up in each category. KSPA judges received more entries in the Student Life/Feature and Sports categories than any other. The October…...

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