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.