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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 payment and three copies of your publication to the address on the form.

As it has for the last 20-plus years, KSPA offers its student journalists and advisers an opportunity to both learn about their publication’s strengths and weaknesses, and measure themselves against other publications from around the state.

The All-Kansas service is, first and foremost, a critique service. Your publication will be sent to a nationally recognized journalism educator outside Kansas who will provide a thorough critique of the publication, noting what worked, what didn’t, and how every area of the paper or magazine might be improved. You will receive those critiques by the end of this school year so that you can use it as a teaching guide in preparation for summer workshops and for next year’s publication.

Here is the 2008-2009 evaluation guide. The 2009-2010 guide will be posted in February. While the new guide won’t substantially differ from this year’s guide, there will be questions that allow more flexibility in coverage if a publication has a corresponding Web site that complements coverage in the paper or magazine.

Secondly, All-Kansas ranks newspapers and news magazines from around the state by class. The best 1A newspapers will be competing against each other, as will 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A publications. There’s also a category for junior high/middle school publications. Publications who request it will be ranked from All-Kansas to Award of Merit to Award of Commendation based on their relative strengths. School may opt out of the ranking service, should they choose.

Announcement of All-Kansas newspapers and news magazines will be made at the state contest, May 1, in Lawrence.

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