Roy Peter Clark to discuss personal narratives in Journalist of the Year Zoom-in

Roy Peter Clark to discuss personal narratives in Journalist of the Year Zoom-in

By Joe Humphrey, MJE, Journalist of the Year coordinator

Roy Peter Clark leads students through the “Chicken Dance” during a lesson on writing at the Poynter Institute High School Writing Workshop. Clark frequently uses music to help teach writing. (Photo by Joe Humphrey, MJE.

Noted author and writing coach Roy Peter Clark is the guest for the next Journalist of the Year Zoom-in, a series of talks aimed at helping applicants for the scholarship competition sharpen their portfolios and applications.

Clark’s talk will focus on crafting effective, engaging personal narratives. Students and advisers are welcome to attend.

The Zoom-in is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, Jan. 5. Sign-up here to request login details for the Zoom-in. Attendees to our previous Journalist of the Year Zoom-in do not need to sign up again.

Roy Peter Clark

Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute since 1979. In more than three decades he served the institute as dean, vice president, senior scholar and member of the Board of Trustees. Clark has written or edited 19 books on writing and journalism, the most popular and influential being “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.”

His most recent work includes the book “Help! For Writers,” for which there is a mobile application, “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times,” and “The Art of X-ray Reading.” His work “Murder Your Darlings,” a book about writing books, was published in 2020. 

JEA Journalist of the Year coordinator Joe Humphrey, MJE, will moderate the Zoom-in.

“It’s a real thrill to have Roy join us for this conversation,” Humphrey said. “I learn something new every time I hear him speak. He’s made me a better writer and done wonders for students of all ages.”

While a personal essay has been part of the Journalist of the Year application for years, contest organizers this year underscored the importance of applicants exhibiting strong, vibrant voice in their essays.

The Journalist of the Year scholarship competition begins at the state level, with winning portfolios advancing to JEA, which will name one $3,000 scholarship winner and three runners-up, who each will receive $850 scholarships.

Future Zoom-ins, with topics to be announced, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26.

Founded in 1924, JEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, promoting professionalism, encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

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