Missouri Interscholastic Press Association https://mipajournalism.com The Student News Site of Missouri Interscholastic Press Association Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:41:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 October Photo of the Month winners announced https://mipajournalism.com/3831/featured-posts/october-photo-of-the-month-winners-announced-4/ https://mipajournalism.com/3831/featured-posts/october-photo-of-the-month-winners-announced-4/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:40:46 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3831 We had another great month of photo submissions! Below are the winners for October’s contest.

OCTOBER WINNERS

First Place: Ada Pipkins, Francis Howell High School

Swimming the 400 freestyle relay, freshman Will Cottle breathes during his race at the St. Peters Rec Plex, Oct. 5. (Ada Pipkins)

Judge’s Comments: Swimming can be a very challenging sport to photograph, but the photographer did an excellent job of capturing the swimmer at the right moment with the right exposure. The spray of water gives the picture momentum, and the swimmer’s facial expression gives it emotion. The caption, however, could use a quote or more information to offer more insight into the moment and what the subject was feeling.

Second Place: Charlene Nguyen, Liberty High School

Seniors Keegan Ward, Katie Mackey Juniors Tegan Brown, Kellen Reeve and Sophomores Alana Bryson, Reese McFather perform at the halftime show against Raymore Peculiar on October 16th. This hip hop dance was supposed to be performed at the annual HOCO assembly, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19. “It was very sad to learn the HOCO pep assembly was cancelled, but it was nice to get to show off our work to the crowd,” Ward said. (Charlene Nguyen)

Judge’s Comments: The angle and repetition in this picture, while not perfectly aligned, draws the eye in and makes it feel like the viewer is there. The subjects offer great facial expressions, and the photographer did a nice job of framing their focal point. The caption is also well-written.

Third Place: Kaylin Higgins, Kearney High School

Kearney Golden Girls lead the small student section in the fight song after a Kearney touchdown at the homecoming game, putting the Bulldogs up by seven. Due to COVID-19, no student section was allowed at games until this Homecoming game. “Although the student section wasn’t what we were used to, it gave me a feeling of normalcy that I had really been missing,” senior Maddie Leighr said. (Kaylin Higgins)

Judge’s Comments: This picture is less about the subject and more about the atmosphere, which it fully captured. So while the screen might be blown out in the background, the fireworks are cleanly featured and the subjects well-composed to balance out the multiple focal points in this image. The caption does a good job of articulating the visual elements of the picture as well.

Honorable Mention: Myah Snider, Nixa High School

Freshman Addison Harmon dismounts from her cheerleading stunt where she is cheering on the Nixa varsity football team after their 21-14 lead.  (Myah Snider)

Judge’s Comments: Though the subject’s face is not clearly visible, her profile still shows emotion. The photographer was also able to capture the moment where the subject is simply suspended in air without support. The caption, however, could use a quote or more information to offer more insight into the moment and what the subject was feeling.

Honorable Mention: Emma Thom, Staley High School

On the sidelines, juniors Zachary Sherwood, Anderson Hendershot and coach Jared Simmons watch the play. Varsity defense was able to make an important play and stop the opponents from making a first down Oct. 9, winning 45-6 against Oak Park High School. “I felt excited and a bit worried that it wasn’t going to go right, but after the play I was extremely excited because our defense made the stop,” said Sherwood. (Emma Thom)

Judge’s Comments: While the framing is off in this image, it is the facial expressions that make it. The viewer might not know what is happening, but from the subjects’ facial expressions, it is clear that it was a big moment in the game. Many photographers only aim for action shots when photographing sports, but this is a good example that important moments can also be captured on the sidelines.

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September Photo of the Month winners announced https://mipajournalism.com/3815/uncategorized/september-photo-of-the-month-winners-announced-2/ https://mipajournalism.com/3815/uncategorized/september-photo-of-the-month-winners-announced-2/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:01:23 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3815 Even with all the challenges from the start of this school year, we had lots of submissions for our first Photo of the Month Contest. It was a tough choice to narrow it down, but below are the winners for September. Congrats to all photographers who submitted!

SEPTEMBER WINNERS

First Place: Christina Nguyen, Oak Park High School

Sophomore Haley Brown catches the ball on Wednesday, Sept. 9. This was Brown’s 11 year playing softball. “My favorite thing about softball is getting to meet new people and play with my friends,” said Brown. (Christina Nguyen)

Judge’s Comments: The exposure on this is fantastic. Not only was the photographer able to capture the dirt flying, but it looks like the opponent is still moving. You can try cropping this as a horizontal image to bring more focus onto that action, too. Try to incorporate more information into your caption, like the opposing team’s name and what level team it is (varsity, JV, etc., if it applies to your school). It would be nice to add more unique information to the second line and a quote that relates more to the moment as well.

Second Place: Jaiden Key, Willard High School

Ethan Bliss (10) sparks his creative side as he works on his 7th hour Welding project during class Sept. 24. Bliss initially took Intro to Ag as a second elective but soon realized he had a passion for welding. “I love the simplicity of it,” he said. “It does take a lot of skill, but at the end of the day it’s just you and the electrode and it’s such an amazing stress reliever.” (Jaiden Key)

Judge’s Comments: The photographer did an excellent job of clearly framing their subject and positioning themselves so that they could capture the action of the moment. The caption is extremely well-written, giving a unique voice to the subject and providing all information to clearly explain the image.

Third Place: Eli Dean, Nixa High School

Nixa High School football center prepares to snap the foobtall to his quaterback out in the shotgun. (Eli Dean)

Judge’s Comments: The angle at which this photographer approached this moment creates a sense of anticipation and action, even though most of the faces are not clearly visible. The repetition of players on both sides adds to the overall composition as well. The caption, however, has a few typos and could use more information to clearly describe the action and subjects’ views.

Honorable Mention: Grace Kut, Nixa High School

Steven Ward II looks out onto the field while standing on the sideline during the first Friday night football game in the brand new Eagle Stadium. (Grace Kut)

Judge’s Comments: Though there isn’t much action in this photograph, it is clear that this is at a football game and the image is still able to offer some emotional response. Overall, the framing and exposure are excellent, and it is a very well-composed portrait.

Honorable Mention: Katie Glasford, Liberty High School

Junior Lauren Slocum throws her fast ball against Lee’s Summit West at home on Sept 8. This was the first home game, and because of COVID, Sr night. All sports held their Sr night festivities on the first home game to make sure all seniors were recognized in the case school was canceled early. “It is a lot of pressure being a pitcher and hitter, but it is super fun. I enjoy playing every single game. It makes me happy to be a part of such an amazing team,” said Slocum. (Katie Glasford)

Judge’s Comments: The photographer did a great job of stopping all action and capturing the pitcher’s movement while still clearly being able to see the subject’s face. They also did an excellent job writing their caption.

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Updated Information/Deadlines for Overall Yearbook Contest https://mipajournalism.com/3807/mipa-news/updated-information-deadlines-for-overall-yearbook-contest/ https://mipajournalism.com/3807/mipa-news/updated-information-deadlines-for-overall-yearbook-contest/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:26:12 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3807 Yearbook Advisers, please check the links and updated deadlines below!
Spring delivery yearbooks need to be postmarked by August 7, 2020.
Fall delivery yearbooks need to be postmarked by October 31, 2020.
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March & April Photo of the Month Contest winners announced https://mipajournalism.com/3796/featured-posts/march-april-photo-of-the-month-contests-winners-announced/ https://mipajournalism.com/3796/featured-posts/march-april-photo-of-the-month-contests-winners-announced/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 23:57:02 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3796 We apologize for the delay in sharing the photo submissions for March. With schools being closed and all the educational adjustments, we fell behind schedule. Thank you to all of the wonderful Missouri photographers who participated this year. Hopefully we will see your images up here again in the fall! Have a wonder (and safe) summer.

MARCH/APRIL PHOTO OF THE MONTH RESULTS

1st Place: Sophia Eaton, Rock Bridge High School

Sophia Eaton
The “March March” parade is the annual kick-off event for True/False; it was free for all community members. The organization encouraged participants to dress up in bright and colorful attire and march down 9th St. where performers collected an audience outside of Missouri Theater.

Judges’ Comments: We love the different angle you took of the action while still maintain a clear focal point. It does a wonderful job of showing the size of the crowd and the location of the event.

2nd Place: Ana Manzano, Rock Bridge High School

Junior Xavier Sykes jumps over a member of the Lakers team at the sectionals game Wednesday, March 11. Though the win was a team effort, it is undeniable that Sykes’ performance throughout the game was a major contributor to their victory. Sykes said, “Our hope is to go out play well so we can go to the final four for the third time in a row.”

Judges’ Comments: Great job stopping the action and capturing the facial expressions of the players. Crop just a smidge tighter to avoid the arm with no body on the right-hand side of the shot.

3rd Place: Emily Grimm, North Kansas City High School

Emily Grimm
Track athlete JaDora Hood, sophomore, practices her long jump on March 10. This practice was one of the last track team practices before Spring Break and the shutdown on all school activities due to coronavirus. “The team works well together. It’s not at all separated in different events; all events kind of cheer for each other and just pick each other up,” Hood said.

Judges’ Comments: Excellent job stopping the action at the right moment. Consider a tighter crop as there is quite a bit of dead space around the subject and action.

Honorable Mention: Patty Reyes, North Kansas City High School

Patty Reyes
Sophomore Patty Reyes spreads hygiene awareness about COVID-19 for an assignment in her online Spanish class. COVID-19 forced North Kansas City High School to close for the school year, but students continued their classes online. “I don’t mind the online assignments, most are fun and lighthearted like this one, but I do miss my friends and teachers,” Reyes said.

Judges’ Comments: Great job making the focal point something other than a face. However, watch your cropping. It would be nice not to have part of the fingers cut off since the right hand is framed so cleanly.

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Welcome to Virtual #JDay2020! https://mipajournalism.com/3731/mipa-board/welcome-to-virtual-jday2020/ https://mipajournalism.com/3731/mipa-board/welcome-to-virtual-jday2020/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:45:35 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3731 MIPA wishes we could be gathered at the University of Missouri campus for the 51st annual J-Day, but due to circumstances, we would like to welcome you to the first-ever Virtual J-Day.

Your board of directors has been working to bring you as many elements of J-Day as possible. We were so excited to see 1,525 students and teachers planned to attend this year.

Let’s start our morning with a video featuring staffs from across the state, as well as, the Photo of the Month and Challenge winners. Watch here:

edited by: MIPA Vice President Michelle Turner, Washington HS

Welcome from the Dean of the School of Journalism

Dear J-Day Participants,

I would like to welcome you to the first-ever Virtual J-Day! A couple of weeks ago, we were preparing to welcome you as part of the more than 1,500 students and scholastic journalism advisers from all over to the state to the Mizzou campus for a day of learning and fun. Then, we learned about COVID-19 and have moved to this format with your health and safety in mind.

Dean David Kurpius, University of Missouri School of Journalism

The role of journalism is front and center in providing news about the coronavirus as it ricochets through countries and towns. Journalists around the world are providing information that can literally mean the difference between life and death. They’re in touch with public health and medical experts to provide factual, true, accurate advice on what to do to avoid contracting the virus. The news is ever-evolving, and journalists are working around the clock to help communities and families stay informed and safe.

We’re proud to say that some of these journalists learned their core values at the Missouri high schools you attend, and here, at the Missouri School of Journalism. I hope many of you will want to follow in their footsteps as there has never been a better time to consider a career in journalism and strategic communication.

I wish to offer a special thanks for the leadership of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association for all they have done to make this Virtual J-Day possible.

Best wishes for the day. You’re in for a real treat!

Dean David Kurpius, Missouri School of Journalism

 

Speakers

A few of our session speakers will be generously sharing their materials with our members in the coming days.  Please check your listserv email soon for those links. We want to thank the more than 40 speakers from professional journalists, journalism advisers to MU faculty and others who volunteered their time and journalism expertise to plan to travel to campus to meet with the students.

Awards

We are so honored to recognize these award winners on behalf of MIPA. Unfortunately, we cannot walk the Jesse Auditorium stage and hear the award winners’ words in person, but we have invited them to share their acceptance here. Please help MIPA celebrate the years of work and service these honorees represent!

Contributing Medium Award

MIPA recognizes a media outlet or publication, person, or people, who have provided outstanding support to scholastic journalism either to an individual school, a school district or MIPA, in some form. Tom Hutchinson and Jason Wallestad, founders of SNO Sites are the 2020 Contributing Medium Award winners for 2020.

SNO Sites has helped MIPA tremendously in the last few years with both the main MIPAjournalism.org website hosting and trouble-shooting, and the national lesson plan site, SchoolJournalism.org. Without their professional expertise, MIPA could not bring its services to so many Missouri journalism teachers and students, as well as teachers nationwide.

Taft Award

MIPA strives to honor its tradition of recognizing excellence and dedication. The Taft Award is awarded to a person or group giving outstanding service to scholastic journalism and/or to MIPA.

North of Hwy 50 Representative Leigh Rogers

The MIPA Board of Directors is so excited to name Leigh Rogers, yearbook adviser at Hermann High School, the 2020 Taft Award winner for service to journalism. Outside of her classroom, she serves as a representative to the MIPA Board of Directors where she has lead both the Membership and Mentor committees, where her passion for recruiting and reaching underserved schools in our state knows no bounds. In the last few years, Rogers has reached out and created new ways for advisers to connect with MIPA’s services and to connect with each other. Her innovative efforts have resulted in a membership growth among the underserved small high school journalism programs in our state. In addition, she’s contributed on a national level as a regular contributor to the SchoolJournalism.org website, which hosts articles and lesson plans for journalism.

“Where do I begin? Leigh Rogers goes above and beyond for not only her students, but many others. She contributes often to SchoolJournalism.org, she has served the MIPA Board, and was named a JEA Rising Star. When I think of her dedication to Scholastic Journalism and young journalists, what really impresses me is that as a new mom she still manages to juggle it all. This summer, she even met up with me once she was able to get a sitter for her son and we spent several hours stuffing envelopes and making a MIPA recruitment game plan! Such dedication is something I cannot help but admire – plus she always greets people with a smile. I love her drive and motivation and her love for MIPA, Scholastic Journalism, and journalism students!” from the nomination by MIPA Vice President Michelle Turner.

2020 Taft Award winner Leigh Rogers, Hermann HS

 

Administrator of the Year

MIPA is recognizing an Administrator of the Year for all the years of support and autonomy he has given to his student journalists and their adviser. We are happy to announce yet another Francis Howell High School administrator to this honor. Congratulations to 2020 MIPA Administrator of the Year Dr. Dave Wedlock, principal of Francis Howell High School, St. Charles.

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Francis Howell High School Principal Dave Wedlock, Ed.D. was named the 2020 MIPA Administrator of the Year.

“A strong supporter of student free expression, Dr. Wedlock has strongly supported the student journalists and is always there for my students. He does not censor what they say, nor does he make them feel like anything but a real journalist (even on controversial topics which might put him or the school in the hot seat). Dave answers their questions honestly and with integrity,” said journalism adviser Michele Dunaway in her letter of recommendation.

“Dave is a staunch supporter of student learning, and to this extent he always makes himself available to every student who needs to interview him. He does not shy away from controversial topics and provides statistics that are needed. He believes in the hands-on, high academic learning that journalism provides, and he sees how being on a publication staff has changed many of my students’ lives. 

“Dave is always there for my students. He does not censor what they say, nor does he make them feel like anything but a real journalist (even on controversial topics which might put him or the school in the hot seat). Dave answers their questions honestly and with integrity. He respects them and makes them feel as if they have an important role representing the voice of the students. 

“Dave also asks for unused yearbook photos and uses these on inspirational banners around the school. To give you a student perspective of what it means, I asked my photo editor Sam Figgins to write a few words. He said, “My sophomore year Dr. Wedlock put up a poster in the cafeteria with a photo I took. This gave me confidence to continue photography and do something I love.” It’s important to note that Sam earned a superior at JEA this past fall.

“I had the good fortune to work with the 1999 MIPA administrator of the year, Dr. Gary Drummond, and 2012’s Chris Greiner. I can only say that I have been blessed three times to have had such fantastic support and would be honored to see Dr. Dave Wedlock as MIPA’s administrator of the year.

2020 Administrator of the Year David Wedlock, Francis Howell HS

 

Journalism Teacher of the Year

The 2020 Journalism Teacher of the Year brings his professional broadcast experience to his classrooms daily. Adviser Justin Ford teaches students at both Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools. For 13 years, his students have produced a live morning show at Park Hill South and a live afternoon show at Park Hill High. In addition, Ford served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Student Television Network, the largest scholastic broadcast journalism and film organization in the country. This month, he was elected to the MIPA Board as a representative for the Kansas City region. Prior to teaching, he worked in television news for five years in Kansas City covering sports news at Metro Sports. now Spectrum Sports, on Time Warner Cable.

Broadcast adviser Justin Ford, Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools, earned the 2020 Journalism Teacher of the Year honor.

“I have been able to find a profession for my future that I know will bring me happiness each and every day,” student Salome Yimer wrote in the nomination letter. “He is a teacher whose passion for the subject shines through each and every single lesson. Walking into my first class I wondered why a 40 year old man got so excited talking about unfamiliar words like “hook,” “package” and “Walter Cronkite”. I was soon introduced to a world of creativity. I’ve learned many important life skills from Ford, that I know will allow me to push further than my peers in the future. Leaving Park Hill High School I will know that in order to get a great story I must immerse myself into the real world and push past great boundaries, but most importantly I have learned that even as a highschooler I am a storyteller and journalist who must always be ready to bring timely information to my community. Secondly, Mr. Ford is a friend. 1 can not name a date where I haven’t left the classroom dying laughing at a joke or just the quirky personality that Ford is. Many of us look forward to every fourth period because we know what awaits us.”

Past students also wrote on his behalf.

“Mr. Ford was my high school broadcast teacher from 2011-2015. His class was taught using the Missouri Method, which most people recognize from the Missouri School of Journalism,’ wrote Kara Strickland, KY3/KSPR Multimedia Journalist. “Every day we were challenged to create a newscast for the announcements. At that time, social media was just becoming a tool newscasters integrated into their newsrooms. Even as high schoolers, he pushed us to advance with the times to be prepared for what real-world newsrooms would look like. We would utilize social media to create social and trending segments and get our classmates involved in what they saw on the screen every afternoon. This is just one example of how he did- and still does- work to create well rounded journalists. When I started his course the idea of being on TV and telling everyone what was going on intrigued me. Ford taught me that journalism is more than that. He taught us how to become storytellers and real journalists.”

 

2020 Journalism Teacher of the Year Justin Ford, Park Hill South and Park Hill high schools

The Journalism Teacher of the Year honor comes with a $425 cash prize from the following sponsors:

  • Balfour Yearbooks, Whitney Baker, Allison Schroeder and Liz Bardin
  • Walsworth Yearbooks
  • Herff Jones – Dan Mueller and Leah Blase
  • Missouri State Teacher Association
  • KCWIFT, KC Women in Film & Television
  • Planet Radio

Student Journalist of the Year

Several talented student journalists submitted their portfolios for consideration as the MIPA Student Journalist of the Year this winter. The MIPA Student Journalist of the Year candidates spent dozens of hours compiling portfolios of their work in 11 different journalistic categories. 

MIPA SJOY winner, senior Hunter Donelson, left, conducts an interview at Truman High School.

Your 2020 MIPA Student Journalist of the Year is Hunter Donelson from Truman High School, where he’s been a staff writer for four years for THS Media and the copy editor for the Heritage Yearbook.

In his essay, Donelson wrote: “During my four years at Truman, I’ve learned that although there is freedom in journalism, there are boundaries too. The verbiage of a single word or the tone of a single sentence can affect how the reader views an entire story or even me as a writer. Every little detail matters. Knowing when you can really drive an argument home and when you need to be more delicate with word choice makes a massive difference. But I didn’t just learn the proper way to write certain stories, I learned that no matter my official role, I can always assist my fellow staffers in any medium they need. Yes, I consider myself a writer, but I also consider myself everyone’s right-hand man. 

“Journalism at Truman has taught me many things about myself also. I found the value in remaining patient and keeping myself together when a deadline is approaching. As a sophomore, I began to panic when deadlines appeared over the horizon. Eventually, I learned to take a moment and gather myself to find the balance between writing articles and making yearbook spreads. Now, deadlines are more like lifelines providing me with an adrenaline rush to spark my creativity in the waning seconds before submission. 

“Believing in my abilities and trusting my talent as a writer impacted me beyond just the realm of journalism. It forced me to realize that people really can do whatever they put their minds to. Does it take a certain effort and focus? Of course, it does. But that’s just the reality of striving for greatness. “

Garrett Gordon, Truman High School Digital Media Teacher, spoke highly of Donelson in his letter of recommendation: “Over his four years in our program, I have seen him grow. He’s always had a passion for sports and sports reporting. But over the years I’ve seen him expand his interests and develop a willingness to truly push himself and test the limits of his skills. Many students achieve success and then continue to do that same thing over and over out of fear of failure. Hunter instead looks for change. He actively seeks new things and new challenges. It’s one of the reasons he’s become the most reliable writer on my staff. There are always stories that we need to do, but they don’t seem super interesting to most students. Hunter is willing to take those on. 

“And while he’s young and still learning the craft he has all of the most important components in his bag. It’s about the most important craft in our democracy. He is a beacon of hope for a profession that continues to absorb shots from all sides. We need students like Hunter to take up the profession and be on the front lines telling the stories of our humanity and uncovering the corruption that is a threat to us all.”

2020 Student Journalist of the Year Hunter Donelson

This year, in addition to the award and recognition, the MIPA Student Journalist of the Year will receive a $850 in scholarship monies thanks to these sponsors who contributed:

  • MIPA Board of Judges
  • eMissourian
  • Balfour yearbooks
  • Walsworth yearbooks
  • Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Planet Radio
  • KCWIFT, KC Women in Film & Television

Overall and Individual Awards

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for….the announcement of the All-Missouri winners for individual and overall contests. 

Award winners are selected by journalism professionals across the country based on a set of the highest journalistic standards. MIPA judges chose roughly the top 10% of the entries to recognize as All-Missouri. Click the link to download and watch.

2020 All-Missouri Award Winners

Please right click to download this PowerPoint presentation to your device.

Congratulations  to everyone!

The judges also award three more levels at Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention. Click the link to open a view-only spreadsheet of winners.

2020 Full List of Overall Publication and Individual Award Winners

Congratulations, everyone! It’s been awesome year for scholastic journalism across the state!

  • The contest committee will be shipping certificates out on Friday, March 27.
  • Folders with entry critiques will be shared by Saturday, March 28.

2020-2022 Board of Directors

Your new board of directors taking office today are:

  • President Paul Aubrey, North Kansas City HS
  • Vice President Donald Johnson, Webster Groves HS
  • Secretary Megan Palmer, Park Hill South HS
  • Treasurer Jamie Gumina, Liberty HS
  • Kansas City Representative Justin Ford, Park Hill South and Park Hill HS
  • Kansas City Representative Michelle Kennedy, Grain Valley HS
  • St. Louis Representative Jane Bannester, Ritenour HS
  • St. Louis Representative Christina Manolis, Washington HS
  • North of Hwy 50 Representative Leigh Rogers, Hermann HS
  • North of Hwy 50 Representative Ronna Sparks Woodward, Liberty North HS
  • South of Hwy 50 Representative Jessica Cordonier, Lee’s Summit HS
  • South of Hwy 50 Representative Beth Eggleston, Nixa HS
  • Executive Director Suzette Heiman
  • Executive Director Ron Kelley
  • Past President Christina Geabhart, Oak Park HS

Cancelled portions

Some portions of JDay can only be celebrated in person.

  • All on-site contests including the OnSite Photo contest and critique and the new Strategic Communication Scavenger Hunt cancelled.
  • If your school already sent a check for the adviser luncheon or a T-shirt order, those checks or payments will be returned.
  • We’d like to thank the following organizations that planned to offer tables for students and teachers to learn even more: Walsworth Yearbooks, University of Missouri and the School of Journalism, Balfour Yearbooks, Lindenwood University, MIssouri Western State University and University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sponsors

Without these sponsors J-Day would not be possible, not even this virtual J-Day is possible without them.

If you have a chance to clap for them or drop them a thank you note, please do!

Thank you to the retiring MIPA Board of Directors

Every J-Day starts in June meeting of the MIPA Board of Director in a classroom on campus. From there, it grows for ten months as the directors and other volunteer MIPA members plan, make contacts, rewrite and bring to fruition as great a day of the year as possible for high school journalists in Missouri. Today would not be possible without the work of the following:

  • President Christina Geabhart, Oak Park HS
  • Vice President: Michelle Turner, Washington HS
  • Secretary Megan Palmer, Park Hill South HS
  • Treasurer Stephanie Green, Boonville
  • Kansas City Representative Paul Aubrey, North Kansas City HS
  • Kansas City Representative Michelle Kennedy, Grain Valley HS
  • St. Louis Representative Jane Bannester, Ritenour HS
  • St. Louis Representative Donald Johnson, Webster Groves HS
  • North of Hwy 50 Representative Karen Johnson, Kearney HS
  • North of Hwy 50 Representative Leigh Rogers, Hermann HS
  • South of Hwy 50 Representative Jessica Cordonier, Lee’s Summit HS
  • South of Hwy 50 Representative Christina Manolis, Washington HS
  • Executive Director Suzette Heiman
  • Executive Director Ron Kelley
  • Volunteers: Mary Prichard, North Kansas City HS

If you have a chance to clap for them, drop them a thank you note, or email mipajourno@gmail.com please do!

Thank YOU for attending the first-ever Virtual J-Day!

We hope you have enjoyed a little celebration today! MIPA loves to serve the scholastic journalists of Missouri and their teachers. Thank you so much for coming to J-Day!

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#JDay2020 is cancelled, more information to come soon https://mipajournalism.com/3717/mipa-board/jday2020-is-cancelled-more-information-to-come-soon/ https://mipajournalism.com/3717/mipa-board/jday2020-is-cancelled-more-information-to-come-soon/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:14 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3717 Because of COVID-19 and the necessary cancellations at the University of Missouri, the MIPA Board of Directors is sad to announce the cancellation of #JDay2020.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our scholastic journalism family, and we intend to comply fully with recommendations for staying safe during this time. We will be working to bring our members as much of the Journalism Day experience as possible in an online format. Please keep your eyes on our website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as the listserv for further details and materials.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you back at JDay next year.

NOTE: As of now, these events are still scheduled, please encourage your students to start thinking about:

  • Missouri Advertising & Public Relations Workshop, June 20-26, 2020
  • Missouri Investigative Journalism Workshop, June 20-26, 2020
  • Missouri University Journalism Workshop, June 20-26, 2020
  • Attending the J-Summit at East Central College in the fall.

If you are in a school district using e-learning, here’s a few resources to help you with your lesson planning:

  • Register to sign up for the new series of lessons created by the Missouri School of Journalism. More information is available in the flyer.
  • If you are a JEA member, use your log in to access their curriculum materials.
  • SchoolJournalism.org offers lessons, discussion starters and the First Amendment PSA contest is live now.
  • The Poynter Institute offers several tuition-free classes. A complete list of all free classes can be found here by selecting “free” in the catalog. It is also hosting a “How to Effectively Teach Online” webinar Friday, March 13, sign up here.

Sincerely, Your MIPA Board of Directors

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February Photo of the Months Contests winners announced https://mipajournalism.com/3706/featured-posts/february-photo-of-the-months-contests-winners-announced/ https://mipajournalism.com/3706/featured-posts/february-photo-of-the-months-contests-winners-announced/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:53:39 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3706 We had some great submissions this month! Below are the results for February.

FEBRUARY PHOTO OF THE MONTH RESULTS

1st Place: Dillan Elmquist,  Notre Dame de Sion

Dillan Elmquist
During the annual blood drive Feb. 14, junior Maggie McKinney flinches as the nurse begins to draw blood. McKinney passed out several times after her donation. “I chose to give blood because I felt like I should give back to those in need, especially since millions of people in the country rely on blood transfusions to save their lives,” McKinney said.

Judges’ Comments: What a wonderful facial expression. The exposure is great, and the caption fully explains the image and adds voice to the subject. Don’t forget rules of third, though, when framing.

2nd Place: Ana Manzano,  Rock Bridge High School

Ana Manzano
Senior Sanaa’ St Andre makes a lay-up against Miller Career Academy at the varsity basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19. The first half of the girls’ basketball game was tight, and neither team was able to settle a lead above six points.

Judges’ Comments: The exposure is a little dark, but the timing is perfect. The photographer did a great job of capturing the ball, hoop and facial expressions. A quote would help add more character to the quote.

3rd Place: Ava Stoltz,  Notre Dame de Sion

Ava Stoltz
Varsity basketball captain junior Shannon Karlin goes in for a basket and knocks down St. Teresa’s Academy senior Grace Kauten in the process during the rival basketball game February 27. The Storm defeated St. Teresa’s 53-42 and was awarded the Irish Cup trophy. “The game feels like a blur,” Karlin said. “I was so excited to beat St. Teresa’s not only because of the rivalry but also because it was our senior night.”

Judges’ Comments: Great job stopping the action. While the cropping of the opposing player is somewhat off, the photographer did a nice job of focusing on the subject’s expression and movements. The caption is also very well written.

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Ford named Journalism Teacher of the Year https://mipajournalism.com/3698/broadcast/ford-named-journalism-teacher-of-the-year/ https://mipajournalism.com/3698/broadcast/ford-named-journalism-teacher-of-the-year/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 01:07:52 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3698 “It’s not unusual for students at a high school to have journalism teacher who is passionate about journalism, mentors student journalism to produce quality journalism and to inspire them to take their skills to a higher level.

“However, when students at two schools have a teacher who does that – and it’s the same teacher – that’s exceptional.

Broadcast adviser Justin Ford, Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools, earned the 2020 Journalism Teacher of the Year honor.

“And that’s what Justin Ford, broadcast instructor at Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School does,” wrote the MIPA judge when choosing Ford as the 2020 Missouri Interscholastic Press Association Journalism Teacher of the Year.

As the Journalism Teacher of the Year, Ford will be recognized at the 51st Annual Journalism Day on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, on the campus of the University of Missouri. For 50 years, MIPA has honored outstanding journalism teachers with the state Journalism Teacher of the Year program. MIPA wishes to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work throughout their careers.

Ford has advised the broadcast journalism programs at both high schools in the Park Hill School District for the last 13 years. Daily, he travels between both Park Hill South and Park Hill High. His 120 students produce a live morning show at Park Hill South and a live afternoon show at Park Hill High. Prior to teaching, Ford worked in television news for five years in Kansas City covering sports news at Metro Sports, now Spectrum Sports, on Time Warner Cable.

The judge continued in his evaluation, “It’s more than just a little evident that Ford instills his passion for broadcast journalism in his students.  The work they do on their respective shows; “South Side Scoop” at Park Hill South and “Trojan TV News” at Park Hill High School is exceptional not only because of its content and production, but because each show reflects the character of the school.

“While program at both schools have been showered with countless awards and honors, what students say separates Mr. Ford from other teachers is, wrote Salome Yimer “We are gifted with a teacher who spends 24/7 of their time preparing us for class, competitions and most importantly the real world.”

“Ford’s extensive background in broadcast journalism gave him a taste of “the real world” and he has been able to impart those experiences to his students. Just as Kara Strickland, now at KSPR-TV. “Walking into a professional newsroom was not as intimidating because his classroom exposes you to a real-life newsroom every day…Mr. Ford pushed us to get our content out there for professionals to critique…”

“Ford’s desire for excellence goes beyond the classroom. As a member of the Student Television Network Board of Directors, he co-led the Curriculum Committee and launched and drafted national standards for broadcast journalism. These efforts gave broadcast journalism educators around the country the opportunity to apply Ford’s expertise to their own classroom so they can challenge their students to produce outstanding programs.

“The one thing they won’t have, however, is exceptional passion and dedication that is uniquely Justin Ford, which sets him apart from the pack.”

2020 Sponsors: $425 cash prize and plaque

  • Balfour Yearbooks, Whitney Baker, Allison Schroeder and Liz Bardin
  • Walsworth Yearbooks
  • Herff Jones – Dan Mueller and Leah Blase
  • Missouri State Teacher Association
  • KCWIFT, KC Women in Film & Television
  • Planet Radio
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Scholastic Journalism Day will be held on March 25 on the Mizzou campus https://mipajournalism.com/3693/mipa-news/scholastic-journalism-day-will-be-held-on-march-25-on-the-mizzou-campus/ https://mipajournalism.com/3693/mipa-news/scholastic-journalism-day-will-be-held-on-march-25-on-the-mizzou-campus/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:46:01 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3693 UPDATE AS OF MARCH, 12: J-Day Cancelled Out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and MU campus leaders about COVID-19 precautions, Scholastic Journalism Day – J-Day – on Wednesday, March 25, is cancelled. Visit https://mipajournalism.com for more information and updates.


Mizzou is ready to welcome MIPA to campus later this month!

Check out their coverage: https://journalism.missouri.edu/2020/02/school-to-welcome-1200-plus-high-school-students-to-campus-for-j-day/ 

Plus, don’t miss these other JDay links:

Sponsors:

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Recognizing Service to Journalism – Taft and Contributing Medium award winners announced https://mipajournalism.com/3680/j-day/recognizing-service-to-journalism-taft-and-contributing-medium-award-winners-announced/ https://mipajournalism.com/3680/j-day/recognizing-service-to-journalism-taft-and-contributing-medium-award-winners-announced/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:57:47 +0000 http://mipajournalism.com/?p=3680 Each year, MIPA wishes to recognize those teachers, organizations and other supporters of scholastic journalism. This year, the service to journalism awards include the Taft Award and Contributing Medium Award winners.

CONTRIBUTING MEDIUM AWARD:

Without question, the MIPA Board of Directors chose SNO Sites and its founders, Tom Hutchinson and Jason Wallestad, as the 2020 Contributing Medium Award winner.

In the nomination, “I have witnessed what SNO has done for our MIPA site and the SchoolJournalism site. They have also helped over 2,300 High School Newspaper Sites and 54 non-profit organization sites (like MIPA and SJ). They have reshaped the way we look at online platforms for scholastic journalism and deserve to be honored by MIPA.”

SNO Sites has helped MIPA tremendously in the last few years with both the main MIPAjournalism.com website hosting and trouble-shooting, and the national lesson plan site, SchoolJournalism.org. Without their professional expertise, MIPA could not bring its services to so many Missouri journalism teachers and students, as well as teachers nationwide.

Wallestad and Hutchinson with SNO will be recognized on stage at the 51st J-Day on Wednesday, March 25, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

TAFT AWARD:

The MIPA Board of Directors voted to name yearbook and newspaper adviser Leigh Rogers of Hermann High School as the 2020 Taft Award winner.

In the last few years, Rogers has reached out and created new ways for advisers to connect with MIPA’s services and to connect with each other. Her innovative efforts have resulted in a membership growth among the underserved small high school journalism programs in our state. In addition, she’s contributed on a national level as a regular contributor to the SchoolJournalism.org website, which hosts articles and lesson plans for journalism.

In her nomination, MIPA Vice-President Michelle Turner wrote: “Where do I begin? Leigh Rogers goes above and beyond for not only her students, but many others. Such dedication is something I cannot help but admire – plus she always greets people with a smile. I love her drive and motivation and her love for MIPA, Scholastic Journalism, and journalism students!”

Rogers will be recognized on stage at the 51st J-Day on Wednesday, March 25, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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