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Here’s to better weather

It’s not a very nice Sunday here in Lawrence, with wet snow falling and the temperature hovering around 32 degrees. A quick check of the forecast for regional contests, however, appears to give us all a break around Kansas, and clear sailing to your regional. Pittsburg: Clear Wednesday night, with…...

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Humboldt, Mill Valley and Blue Valley students lead the way at Statehouse Day

Students from Humboldt, Mill Valley and Blue Valley earned top honors in the writing and video news contests sponsored by KSPA after the first Statehouse Reporter for a Day, Jan. 28 in Topeka. More than 40 students from 15 schools converged on Topeka on a cold Kansas morning, and they…...

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Blue Valley TV wins Statehouse Reporter video news contest

Kansas State Budget Crisis from Denny Brand on Vimeo....

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Five Kansas yearbooks named national Pacemaker finalists; Maize South Middle wins award

Five Kansas high school yearbooks have been named Pacemaker finalists by the National Scholastic Press Association, NSPA contest coordinator Kathy Huting announced today. In addition, Maize South Middle School’s yearbook earned special recognition from the NSPA. The five finalists: The JAG, Mill Valley HSCourtney Colin, Carolyn Gatewood, Karl Sparrman, editorsKathy…...

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SM West photographer wins January competition

Alyssa Parsons from Shawnee Mission West High School won KSPA’s January Photo of the Month competition with this photo of a West coach hoisting his daughter on his shoulders. Judges were impressed with the technical quality of the shot, as well as the poignancy of the moment. Parsons’ photo, one…...

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Five students honored in January Story of the Month contest

Five students from four high schools earned recognition in KSPA’s January Story of the Month contest, which featured sports stories. Sam Kovzan from Shawnee Mission East’s Harbinger earned best story honors with his profile of Lancer basketball player Anthony West. Judges from the University of Kansas School of Journalism noted…...

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All-Kansas newspaper registration now open

Newspapers and news magazines from high schools and middle schools across the state may now sign up for the All-Kansas critique service and competition for 2010. The cost, as it was last year, is $50. Deadline is March 5, 2010. Registration requires downloading this interactive PDF and sending it with…...

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KPC and KSPA announce 2010 All-Kansas Write-Off

The Kansas Professional Communicators and KSPA are happy to work together again this year to sponsor the 2010 All-Kansas Write-Off competition. The All-Kansas Write-Off allows student journalists to compete in 24 categories. Categories eligible for national competition are editorial, opinion, news story, feature story, sports story, columns, feature photo, sports…...

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Former Kansas HS journalist of the year to speak at Statehouse Day

John Milburn, an Associated Press reporter based in Topeka, will be one of the featured speakers at the Statehouse Reporter for a Day event, Jan. 28 at the Capitol in Topeka. (Jan. 15 is the last day to register your students for the free event. See details below.) In 1986,…...

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KSPA hosts three Middle School Re-Design Workshops

Hello! It is time to shake off those cold weather blues and join us for the 6th annual Middle School Re-Design Workshops. The workshops will be held once again at Maize South Middle School, but our school has a brand-new beautiful facility so note the address change below. There are…...

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