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It is that time of year again — nominations for MHSPA’s Journalism Educator of the Year are open.

The Minnesota High School Press Association is pleased to offer the opportunity to recognize the contributions and excellence of a Minnesota journalism educator. Any student, colleague, parent or community member can nominate a journalism educator by completing this application and send the support material. An educator may also self-nominate.

To nominate yourself or another adviser, complete this form and attach it with the required application materials in an email to mariah@studentpress.org.

The nominee must be a journalism educator at the high school or middle school level in Minnesota during the 2015-16 school year. Teachers/advisers from all media are eligible – online, broadcast, newspaper, magazine or yearbook.

SUPPORT MATERIAL

The deadline for nominations is May 13.

 

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Mariah Keith, contest and critique coordinator at mariah@studentpress.org or 612-625-4337.

Publication Website

  1. RubicOnline, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul
  2. Pony Express, Stillwater High School, Stillwater
  3. Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park
  4. The Echo, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park
  5. SFHS Media, St. Francis High School, St. Francis

Literary Magazine

  1. Apotheosis, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park
  2. Art and Literature, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul
  3. i-Mag, Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea

Broadcast

  1. The Flash, Eastview High School, Apple Valley
  2. Pony Express, Stillwater High School, Stillwater
  3. SFHS Today, St. Francis High School, St. Francis

Newspaper/Newsmagazine

  1. The Heights Herald, Columbia Heights High School, Columbia Heights
  2. The Echo, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park
  3. Rubicon, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul
  4. Talon, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis
  5. Pony Express, Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Yearbook

  1. Tatanka, Buffalo High School, Buffalo
  2. Kabekonian, Stillwater High School, Stillwater
  3. Antler, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis
  4. Spartan, Orono High School, Long Lake
  5. Echowan, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Website General Excellence

First Place
Staff
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Staff
Pony Express
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Third Place
Diane Huang
Rubicon
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Honorable Mention
Chapel Puckett, Maxine Whitely
The Spectrum
Blake School, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Staff
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis


Website Multimedia Package

First Place
Grace Gyolai
Child abuse: An exploration of society, systems, and survivors

Knight Errant
Benilde-St. Margarets School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Emily Melbye, Madisen Lynch, Amira Warren-Yearby, Natalie Vig
Hands raised in protest

The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Kate Brown, Angela Scharf, Forrest Ahrens
Quietly quite exceptional

Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Kellie Lawless
Reading your way across the map

The Lantern
Cannon Falls High School, Cannon Falls

Honorable Mention
Maddie Binning
Hungry for healing

Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis


Yearbook Sports Photo

First Place
Danielle Pattison
Antler
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Second Place
Kelli Cook
Echowan
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Ben Erickson
Antler
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Rebecca Kohnen
Tatanka
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Honorable Mention
Madi Tegg
Matoskan
White Bear Lake High School, White Bear Lake


Yearbook Feature Photo

First Place
Ben Chong
Echowan
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Ben Erickson
Antler
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Third Place
Ben Erickson
Antler
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Malorie Davidson
Tatanka
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Honorable Mention
Madie McKenzie
Kabekonian
Stillwater High School, Stillwater


Yearbook Spread Design

First Place
Jordyn Prince, Molly Kwakenat
Tatanka
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Second Place
Ashley Tessier
Matoskan
White Bear Lake High School, White Bear Lake

Third Place
Meredith Dunn
Voyageur
Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka

Honorable Mention
Madison Phyle, Keyara Perry
Tatanka
Buffalo High School, Buffalo


Yearbook Theme/Concept Package

First Place
Staff
Tatanka
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Second Place
Andrew Wintz
Antler
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Third Place
Anline Lezama
Echowan
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Honorable Mention
Lindsey Case, Katie Yockey
Spartan
Orono High School, Long Lake

Honorable Mention
Abby Steiger, Maddie Hendricks
Voyageur
Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Sports Photo

First Place
Ben Erickson
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Second Place
Zoe Kedrowski
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Ben Erickson
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Kendel Malcom
KEQ
Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, St. Louis Park

Honorable Mention
Lars Stannard
Pony Express
Stillwater High School, Stillwater


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Feature Photo

First Place
Eva Hoffman
Viewer
Mounds View High School, Arden Hills

Second Place
Katie Berrell
Spartan Speaks
Orono High School, Long Lake

Third Place
Adelaide Winton
The Spectrum
Blake School, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Audrey Jewett
KEQ
Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, St. Louis Park

Honorable Mention
Celene Koller
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park


Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Photo

First Place
Joe Owens
The Spectrum
Blake School, Minneapolis

Second Place
Madisen Lynch
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Maddie Binning
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Harrison Barden
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Honorable Mention
Jessica Thomas
Pony Express
Stillwater High School, Stillwater


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Editorial Cartoon

First Place
Jillian Schulz
Spartan Speaks
Orono High School, Long Lake

Second Place
Diane Huang
Rubicon
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Third Place
Zach Tronson
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Honorable Mention
Kathleen Tierney
The Hoofprint
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Honorable Mention
Kathleen Tierney
The Hoofprint
Buffalo High School, Buffalo


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Center Spread Design

First Place
Maddy Bremner
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Maddy Bremner
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Leighton McAlpin
The Hoofprint
Buffalo High School, Buffalo

Honorable Mention
Jon Thielen
The Hoofprint
Buffalo High School, Buffalo


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Single-page Design

First Place
Allison Cramer
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Jason Kang
Knight Errant
Benilde-St. Margarets School, St. Louis Park

Third Place
Isabel Hall
The Spectrum
Blake School, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Katrina Renacia
Viewer
Mounds View High School, Arden Hills

Honorable Mention
Katerina Misa
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis


Newspaper/Newsmagazine Page One Design

First Place
Carolyn Guddal, Harry Steffenhagen
The Echo
St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park

Second Place
Sagal Hadafow
Quill
Cooper High School, New Hope

Third Place
Maddie Binning
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis


Magazine Photograph

First Place
Karsten Runquist
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Second Place
Devyn Sullivan
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Third Place
Maya Edstrom
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Honorable Mention
Paige Polzin
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater


Magazine Art/Illustration

First Place
Lauren Lindahl
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Second Place
Tiana Meador
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Third Place
Tessa Rauch
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Honorable Mention
Hayoung Lin
Redhawks Online
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Honorable Mention
Thomas Monserud
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul


Magazine Spread Design

First Place
Claudia Rosario
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Second Place
Staff
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Third Place
Staff
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater

Honorable Mention
Claudia Rosario
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul


Magazine Cover Design

First Place
Claudia Rosario
Art and Literature
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul

Second Place
Staff
Stylus
Stillwater High School, Stillwater


Broadcast Feature Story

First Place
Angela Scharf, Kate Brown
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Second Place
Ben Erickson
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis


Broadcast News Story

First Place
Kate Brown, Angela Scharf
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Second Place
Kate Brown, Angela Scharf
Talon
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

I look out into the crowd, and the staff unity I see from up here is incredible.  Publications are all about collaboration, and your fellow journalists are your team, your tribe, your family.  I know that the hours you put into your publications provide lifelong skills and memories.  When you graduate — whether you’re a member of the Class of 2016 or if graduation is four years away — your advisers are people you will e-mail from college, they are people you’ll see during the summer to reminisce about deadlines and tell crazy stories, and they may evolve into friends that you share your jobs and lives with as you grow older.  As an adviser, I could stand up here and tell you how important journalism is to me, how special all my editors and writers are, and how memorable our process… but I know you could tell me a similar story about your publication experiences with your own adviser.   

But here’s something you may not know: your adviser is special to me, too.  When I look out into this crowd, I see people who teach me and make me better at what I do.  There are advisers in this room who’ve given me ideas that refine our workflow and that got us online.  When there have been staff or school challenges, they’ve offered empathy, advice and resources. We’ve shared curriculum ideas, exchanged publications, and provided sounding boards on many, many occasions.  We’ve celebrated each other in moments of accomplishment, like today. We hold each other to exemplary standards of ethical and quality reporting in our publications.  This is a continual learning process.

Journalism education is not a solitary endeavor — although it can feel that way when it’s just adviser and staff in a building. I’m so grateful for organizations like Journalism Educators of Minnesota and the MN High School Press Association, programs like the MNtors, national resources like JEA and NSPA — they provide the educational framework and facilitate many opportunities, like this convention, that link us together so we aren’t lone publications in our respective schools.  They’ve made the adviser I am today.  This experience?  It makes us something more.  It affords us a broader vision of journalism and journalism education and allows us to dream of what is possible… what comes next.

It’s a new year, and — as I tell The Rubicon staff — your publication is a class, a club, a calling… and it’s ready for whatever you have to bring.  So bring it.  If it’s something completely new, we’ll learn it together — journalists and advisers. That’s what education is all about.

Kathryn Campbell, Minnesota Journalism Educator of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS — Journalism Day at the Guthrie drew an all-time high number (32) of participants on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

This annual event brings together student journalists who are interested in the fine arts and review writing. Participants toured the Guthrie Theater, including a behind-the-scenes look at set construction, props, costumes and rehearsal areas. After the tour, local arts reporter Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune held a Q&A and gave review writing tips. Lunch followed, and the grand finale was seeing the production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune gave tips on writing reviews.
Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune gave tips on writing reviews. Photo by Laurie Hansen.

 

Journalism Day at the Guthie is also a contest, and the participants submitted their review of no more than 600 words to contest coordinator Laurie Hansen of Stillwater Area High School. First, second and third place winners are as follows:

First place: Noor Qureishy, St. Paul Academy

Second place: Addie Lennon, Hopkins High School

Third place: Amodhya Samarakoon, St. Paul Academy

Journalism Day at the Guthrie is an annual JEM event that typically takes place between February and April. Applications for attendance are distributed by the Minnesota High School Press Association in January of each year. The event’s tickets are partially funded by a grant from the Guthrie Theater, but student participants pay a $30 fee for lunch and tour costs.

Contact Laurie Hansen, JEA/JEM State Director for more information at hansenl@stillwater.k12.mn.us.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota High School Press Association has presented its 2015 Journalism Educator of the Year honor to Kathryn Campbell of St. Paul Academy and Summit School and adviser to The Rubicon newspaper and its companion website.

Campbell was recognized at the school in St. Paul on May 21. At the recognition, Campbell cited her students as her inspiration. “My staff constantly surprises me with their inventiveness and creativity,” she said.

Kathryn Campbell and the staff of The Rubicon celebrate Campbell’s recognition as Minnesota Journalism Educator of the Year. Photo by Alex Loveland.

Selection criteria for the award include teaching/advising preparation, experience and ability; relationships with students and others; contributions to the profession; promoting appreciation for journalism and as a career; and support for the First Amendment.

Campbell has taught English and advised The Rubicon newspaper at St. Paul Academy and Summit School for eight years. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in 1995 and an M.A. from Hamline University in 2005.

The Rubicon newspaper, which under Campbell’s tutelage expanded to an online news site, has been awarded with state and national recognitions, including placing in MHSPA’s Best of Show contest and ranking All American in National Scholastic Press Association’s publication critique service.

Campbell’s students and colleagues nominated her for the award. In their letters of support, they praised her creativity, skillful coaching and generous encouragement. Her current students emphasized that Campbell leads by example. Chief Visual Editor of The Rubicon Boraan Abdulkarim wrote, “She never talks down to us and isn’t afraid to laugh. She’s wordlessly taught us how to be efficient, organized, articulate, and passionate.”

Campbell’s colleague Tom Fones praised her talents in both teaching and journalism. “She facilitates the voices of so many diverse students and mentors these voices to serve so many audiences, both within and outside the school,” Fones wrote. “Kathryn has taken the publication to extraordinary heights, while continuing to serve the needs and the interests of the student body.”

Campbell’s work with the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English board and involvement with various journalistic judging bodies clearly demonstrates her commitment to bringing scholastic journalism, both state-wide and nationally, to new levels of excellence.

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View the latest edition of The Rubicon here.

Campbell will be recognized at the MHSPA State Convention Oct. 6, 2015, which takes place at the University of Minnesota Twins Cities Campus in Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis — Scott M. Libin, the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), has joined the NSPA/ACP Board of Directors.Libin has three decades of experience as a journalist, including jobs on camera and behind the scenes, as a news director and as an educator. He is a consultant, coach and communications professional, specializing in broadcast and digital journalism.“Scott, who has a passion for youth journalism, deep expertise and commitment to partnerships, is an ideal person to join a leadership board,” said Al Tims, Ph.D., president of the NSPA/ACP Board of Directors.

Libin joined the University of Minnesota in 2014 as the Hubbard Senior Fellow. His duties include teaching undergraduate courses in multimedia production, storytelling and reporting, guiding and overseeing directed internships and participating in the redesign of the multimedia journalism curriculum.

He joined SJMC from Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul, Minn., where he had been Vice President of News and Content since 2011. At IB, Scott led a newsroom serving top television stations from Boston to Honolulu with breaking news and enterprise content that engaged audiences and increased traffic to desktop, mobile and social platforms.

Libin has led newsrooms at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, and WGHP-TV in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C., market. He has twice been a full-time member of the resident faculty at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has trained journalists from Newfoundland to South Africa to China.

He began his career as a congressional press secretary and as a bureau reporter in Washington, D.C. He was a reporter and weekend anchor in North Carolina before entering newsroom management.

He succeeds Seth Lewis, Ph.D., an assistant professor and the Mitchell V. Charnley Faculty Fellow at SJMC. Under board policy, the director of SJMC serves as president of the Board of Directors and at least two seats are held by faculty members.  View details of the board’s composition and recruitment policy ?here.

Libin joins current NSPA-ACP board members Tims, who is director of the SJMC; Christopher J. Ison, University of Minnesota; Jeanne Acton, University Interscholastic League, Austin, Texas; Peter Bobkowski, Ph.D., University of Kansas; Laura York Guy, Garden City (Kan.) Community College; Ron Johnson, Indiana University; Laurie Hansen, Stillwater (Minn.) Area High School; Valerie Kibler, Harrisonburg (Va.) High School; Sara Quinn, Ball State University and affiliate, Poynter Institute; and Ann Visser, retired from Pella (Iowa) Community High School.

The National Scholastic Press Association, home of the Pacemaker, was founded in 1921. A 501(c)(3) organization. NSPA serves as the incorporated parent entity of Associated Collegiate Press and Minnesota High School Press Association. All are steadfast in their mission to serve student media and advisers, introduce new ideas and reinforce best practices, reward excellence, embrace diversity, and provide ample networking and partnership opportunities.

Entry forms are now available for MHSPA’s Gold Medallion and North Star Awards. Winners will be announced and recognized at the Minnesota High School Journalism Convention, Oct. 6, 2015.


Gold Medallion awards are given in newspaper, magazine, yearbook, broadcast and online categories. There is no entry fee for members and a $5 fee per entry for non-members. Entries must be received by July 2, 2015. See entry form for complete details.


MHSPA North Star Awards recognize student journalists who have excelled as journalists, leaders and scholars. All inductees will receive a certificate of recognition. Postmark deadline is May 22, 2015. See entry form for complete details.


Questions? Contact kirsten@studentpress.org / 612-625-4337.

By Kenny Kiratli, sophomore at Minnehaha Academy

Maddie BinningMinnehaha Academy senior Maddie Binning was named Minnesota’s “Journalist of the Year,” an award given annually in each state by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

To be considered for the honor, high school journalists across the nation collected pieces of their work and compiled them into online portfolios. To meet JEA requirements, students were encouraged to provide work samples in 11 categories, including writing, editing, design, web and photojournalism. When submitted, all online portfolios were judged and one winner was selected from each state.

Photo by Maddie Binning

Photo by Maddie Binning

In Minnesota’s case, Binning was crowned by Journalism Educators of Minnesota, JEA’s local branch.

“It’s nice to know that people appreciate the work that I do,” she said.

Binning, editor-in-chief of the Talon newspaper, advised by Reid Westrem, will continue her study of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Photo by Maddie Binning

Photo by Maddie Binning

“She’s humble,” said Meena Morar, sophomore staff writer for the Talon. “She doesn’t broadcast all of the things that she does, so you don’t even realize the multitude of things she does do.”

Along with the honor of being heralded as Minnesota’s finest journalist, Binning was also given a $500 scholarship, which she plans to put toward her college education.

She does not see this award as a conclusion to her high school journalism career, but rather, a continuation of a life-long passion.

Photo by Maddie Binning

Photo by Maddie Binning

“This is just a dot on the timeline,” Binning said. “It’s just a reinforcement of my desire to continue on in journalism. It’s just a way of encouraging myself to keep going, to know that the work I’m doing is valuable. It just helps me to know that I’m on the right path.”

 

“Just as my sophomore year of high school was about to begin and the school was entering the Centennial year, my newspaper adviser sent out an email to the Talon staff suggesting that someone try to do a daily photo project, not unlike that of Jim Brandenburg. However, instead of one press of the shutter, the challenge was to capture one photo per school day to capture the Centennial year of our school. Despite having won an award for writing the previous year and having desire to cultivate my skill as a writer, I decided to take on the challenge while also continuing on with the usual newspaper work. The project that was intended to be a year-long project turned into a three year project that I also turned into videos. Every day of my high school experience from sophomore to senior year has been documented through photography. Some of my best photos are shown in a gallery on the Redhawks Online website.”

– Maddie Binning

 

Photo by Maddie Binning

Photo by Maddie Binning

 

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