Category: Awards

2021 Student Impact Award winner uses skills to bravely document protests in Oregon

Stun grenades lobbed in her direction. Tear-gassed multiple nights so she couldn’t see straight. Shoved against the wall by police officers. Guns pointed at her by federal officers. This is not what a journalist signs up for when they are placed on an assignment. This is definitely not what a high school journalist is supposed…
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Atkinson of Kansas named the 2021 JEA Journalist of the Year

By Joe Humphrey, MJE, Journalist of the Year coordinator Riley Atkinson’s high school journalism journey started on an espresso-stained, saggy sofa in the back of the newsroom at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas. “I sat there when I first learned how to export an InDesign document, how to tighten a three-hour-long…
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38 entries receive Superior rating in spring National Student Media Contests

By Nancy Smith, MJE, NSMC chair The National Student Media Contests were all completed virtually for the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention. In all, 438 students competed in photo, broadcast, graphic design, literary magazine, design and writing contests. There were 218 winning students comprising 38 superior, 80 excellent and 100 honorable mention awards.…
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JEA honors Pennsylvania’s Denkovich as 2021 Aspiring Young Journalist

By Joe Humphrey, MJE, Journalist of the Year Coordinator The Journalism Education Association names Christopher Denkovich as its 2021 Aspiring Young Journalist. Denkovich is editor-in-chief of the Bulldog Barker newspaper at Freedom Area Middle School in Freedom, Pennsylvania. JEA also recognizes two runners-up: Nahshon Cooper of John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and…
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14 named press freedom schools

By Kristin Taylor, MJE, Scholastic Press Rights director A committee with representatives from the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society chose 14 First Amendment Press Freedom Award winners for 2021.  The award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights…
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