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KSPA offers students a chance to be political reporters; travel stipends available

KSPA is excited to announce its newest learning opportunity for students, “Statehouse Reporter for a Day,” a combination field trip/reporting contest in which students have the chance to interview state officials and legislators about the issues facing K-12 education in Kansas. Statehouse Reporter for a Day is set for Thursday,…...

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Hays, SM East publications win Pacemakers

Two Kansas high school newspapers, The Harbinger of Shawnee Mission East and the Guidon of Hays High School, earned the nation's highest prize for scholastic journalists....

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Kansas students win 43 awards at JEA national write-offs

Forty-three Kansas student-journalists placed in the various write-off contests last weekend at the JEA/NSPA Fall Convention in Washington, D.C. Eight students earned “Superior” rankings, the highest ranking in the competition, while 19 earned “excellent” rankings and 16 earned “honorable mention.” In all, 99 Kansas students entered the competition. That number…...

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Three Kansas yearbooks judged nation’s best

Yearbooks from Mill Valley High School, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Maize South Middle School won Best of Show recognition at last week’s JEA/NSPA national convention in Washington, D.C. In all, 16 Kansas publications from 10 schools finished in the top 10 in the carry-in competitions. Newspapers, newspaper special editions and…...

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Kansas students place high in national competition

Eight Kansas students received story of the year awards at the JEA/NSPA fall convention this past weekend in Washington, D.C. Three second-place finishes highlighted the ceremony for the home-state students. Broadcast News: Second Place — Brittyn Fuller and Ty Grosshuesch of BVTV Student News Team, Blue Valley USD 229, Overland…...

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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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