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FHSU’s Nick Schwien earns 2024 Friend of KSPA Award

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association would like to congratulate Nick Schwien from Fort Hays State University on winning the 2024 Friend of KSPA Award. This award recognizes a professional partner’s efforts to support KSPA and scholastic journalism on a state or local level. 

Schwien works as director of Fort Hays State University’s Tiger Media Network. Previously, he worked at the Hays Daily News and is a member of the Hays High School Digital Media pathway’s Career and Technical Education advisory committee.

In her letter of recommendation for Schwien, Hays High School media adviser Jessica Augustine described how Schwien has been helpful on the Digital Media advisory committee by, among other things, extending “invitations to our journalism and audio/video instructors and students to visit FHSU’s Department of Informatics” multiple times.

She also described how Schwien’s work on the other committee — dealing with CTE — has solidified his involvement in KSPA activities, not just this year but in the future as well.

Augustine also wrote this:

Finally, in regards to support of KSPA, Nick has been a great champion of our Hays scholastic journalism programs. With Nick instructing journalism at FHSU and his wife teaching journalism at Hays Middle School, he understands the challenges of rural journalism, regarding education, funding, opportunities, technology, transportation, etc. For me, he has been a valued professional with whom to share my achievements and my trials, and my experiences and my opinions. To me, that is what a friend of scholastic journalism and of KSPA advisers should do.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association is proud to name Nick Schwien as the 2024 Friend of KSPA. 

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