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Kansas makes big footprint at national journalism convention

Washington, D.C. — I just spent my first 24 hours at this year’s Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall 2009 conference, and it has become even more clear what a huge presence our state makes on the national scholastic journalism scene. Most notable will be Saturday’s luncheon, at which…...

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SM East sophomore wins October story contest

Kat Buchanan, a sophomore from Shawnee Mission East High School, has won KSPA’s October Story of the Month contest with her feature “Paint the Town,” which was published in The Harbinger. Advised by C. Dow Tate, Buchanan told the story of East junior Whitney Kerr, a graffiti artist whose work…...

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Maize HS sophomore wins September contest

Maize High School’s Mary McDermott won first place in KSPA’s September Story of the Month contest, which focused on editorials. University of Kansas judges praised McDermott’s editorial “Backpacks Sent Packing” by writing: “It addresses policy and provides a solution that would help students,” and “It’s nice to compare the policy…...

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Pulitzer Prize photographer to speak in KC; KSPA students may request interviews

David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, is scheduled to speak Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in midtown Kansas City. He’ll show his photographs in a slide show presentation at the memorial after his reception and is being made available for interviews…...

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Fall conferences bring in more than 1,200 students and advisers

This week’s KSPA Fall Conferences in Hays, Manhattan and Lawrence saw more than 1,100 students and nearly 100 advisers attend numerous educational sessions and keynote addresses by Logan Aimone, the executive director for the National Scholastic Press Association, and Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes. Aimone entertained the crowds at Fort…...

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Four Kansas news publications are Pacemaker finalists

News publications from Hays High School, Blue Valley High School, Shawnee Mission East and Kapaun Mount Carmel all earned Pacemaker finalist distinction Friday from the National Scholastic Press Association. The Pacemakers are considered the “Pulitzers” of scholastic journalism in the U.S., and only 54 high school newspapers and news magazines…...

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BVTV: Feature story NSPA finalist

Brittyn Fuller and Ty Grosshuesch profile a child born with a congenital heart defect and describe the impact the disease has had on the young man's family....

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Eleven Kansas students named NSPA contest finalists

Students from Shawnee Mission East, Skyline, Blue Valley Northwest, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Blue Valley West and Shawnee Mission North have been named finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Photo of the Year, Design of the Year, Story of the Year and Broadcast of the Year contests. The NSPA will…...

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Now is the time to discuss potential yearbook problems

Make sure you're not waiting until it's too late to talk to your students about the most important lesson they'll learn as journalists: their responsibilities, as well as the rights, accorded them by the First Amendment....

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