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Statehouse Reporter for a Day deadline extended

Because of last week’s snows across the state, many of you didn’t have an opportunity to complete your applications for the first Statehouse Reporter for a Day opportunity, scheduled for Jan. 28 in Topeka. (You can read more about it in this earlier story or in the registration packet.) The…...

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Maize South MS earns All-Kansas yearbook honors

Maize South Middle School students earned All-Kansas honors with their 2009 yearbook, joining 19 high school yearbook staffs honored last month. The middle school judge noted several highlights of the Maize South book, called “The Eagle,” which built around the theme “Color Coded” and included colored pencils taped to the…...

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KSPA honors 19 yearbook staffs as All-Kansas for 2009

Nineteen Kansas yearbooks earned All-Kansas distinction this year in the annual critique service and contest. The schools that earned All-Kansas honors are (click on the link beneath the list to see a map of the All-Kansas schools): Class 1A Goessel High School Class 2A Chase County High School Stanton County…...

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Story on availability of drugs wins Story of Month November contest for SM East student

Logan Heley’s story about easy-to-access inexpensive prescription drugs — particularly OxyContin — has earned the Shawnee Mission East student first place in KSPA’s November Story of the Month contest. Heley built his story around a dramatic increase in the number of drug overdoses in Overland Park over the first half…...

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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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