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PODCAST: Nelson encourages students to think locally in their publications

Colleen McCain Nelson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer from The Dallas Morning News, urged Kansas high schools students to affect change at their schools by writing compelling editorials. Nelson, a graduate of Salina South High School and the University of Kansas, spoke to students at the 2010 Fall Conferences at…...

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KSDE funding decision under media spotlight

KSPA’s ad hoc CTE committee has made an impact on the public’s awareness of the Kansas State Department of Education’s decision to cut journalism funding effective 2012. Led by Karen Ford of Holton HS, committee members have lobbied state media to write about the decision, and they’ve lobbied KSDE decision-makers…...

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Kansas boasts five NSPA newspaper Pacemaker finalists

Kansas again has reaped more than its share of national awards, garnering five newspaper and one broadcast Pacemaker finalist awards from the National Scholastic Press Association. The Pacemaker is often considered the “Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism,” and every year Kansas outpaces other states of similar size or larger with…...

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Chase County adviser to be honored at NSPA national convention

Linda Drake, the adviser at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, is one of five NSPA Pioneer Award recipients for 2010. She will be honored Nov. 13 at the NSPA/JEA national convention in Kansas City, Mo. Drake is also a member of the KSPA board, serving as an Area…...

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Kansas students win in NSPA contests

Nine Kansas student entries have been named finalists in national contests sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association. Awards will be presented Nov. 13 at the NSPA/JEA national convention in Kansas City, Mo. The winners are: Courtney Seddon, Panther’s Tale, Derby HS (Newspaper Page One Design) Michael Stolle, The Harbinger,…...

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‘First Amendment Tour’ debuts in Pittsburg

KSPA’s first stop in the 2010 “First Amendment Tour” set a high standard both in terms of audience participation and host-school hospitality. University of Kansas journalism professors Malcolm Gibson, Pam Fine and I greeted more than 100 students, three administrators, one school board member and several community members for our…...

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Journalism should satisfy KSDE pathway requirements

Lawrence Free State adviser Laurie Folsom, also a member of the KSPA’s ad hoc Career and Technical Education action committee, wrote a blog post for the Lawrence Journal-World that brilliantly articulates KSPA’s position on journalism’s place in the CTE curriculum. In a message she sent to the JEA listserv, Laurie…...

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High school students gain exposure through 810 WHB’s ‘Scholastic Sportswriters’ program

August 23, 2010 (Overland Park) – Sports Radio 810 WHB announced the launch of the “810 WHB Scholastic Sportswriters” program for the 2010-11 year. The program will begin with the 2010 football season, as selected students can write stories and take photos of their high school football team. The content…...

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Nevada judge rules in favor of student newspaper’s investigation

Student-journalists at Churchill County High School in Nevada successfully fought off a libel suit this week using any journalist’s best defense: the truth. A CCHS music teacher had sought $10,000 from the school district, the principal and the newspaper adviser because of a story in the student newspaper that reported…...

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Obituary: Michael Dunlap, BV West adviser

Michael A. Dunlap, 44, the newspaper and yearbook adviser at Blue Valley West High School, died unexpectedly of an aneurysm at his home on Monday, Aug. 2. Dunlap taught journalism at Blue Valley West, served as Mass Communication Department chairman, and was program facilitator for journalism for the Blue Valley Unified…...

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