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Everyone Benefits When Our Students Benefit

Diana Hadley

Although many educational institutions are eliminating programs and special projects, some Indiana groups have continued traditional journalism events with great success; and others have even initiated new ones. HSPA members and I have enjoyed being included in some of these special events this spring.

Something Old

Ball State University Journalism Department hosted its 56th annual J-Day in its traditional large format. As other conferences across the country report drops in attendance at frightening percentages, J-Day still drew a crowd of 1342 students and 78 advisers representing 68 schools.

J-Day occurs at a time when advisers and students can reflect on the past year and evaluate positives and negatives as they plan for the next year. Brian Hayes and his staff pack the day with a variety of sessions and contests that reward staff and individual success as they educate and inspire.

Something New

The NCAA offered a junior journalism workshop for middle school girls during the Women’s Basketball Final Four weekend at Conseco. The agenda included a lesson about news writing, the opportunity to participate in a national press conference and one-on-one collaboration with media professionals. It was a wonderful chance for young girls to meet successful young women, ask questions that interest middle school students and then tell those stories.

Both Old and New

Old charters were reinstated when Teresa White, Director of Indiana University’s High School Journalism Institute, hosted a Quill and Scroll induction ceremony for Indianapolis Public Schools on April 29.  The evening reception followed a workshop sponsored earlier in the day by the I.U. and IUPUI collegiate chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Vanessa Shelton, Executive Director of the International Quill and Scroll Society, led the induction of new members that recognized the scholastic and journalistic accomplishments of six yearbook or newspaper students from Arsenal Technical High School and six yearbook, newspaper or broadcast students from Broad Ripple Media Magnet High School.

All Good

The effort of many professional individuals and groups help organizations committed to scholastic journalism succeed. Members of The Hoosier State Press Association, The Indianapolis Star, WfYI and WTHR provided sponsorships and additional financial support for the SPJ workshop and Quill and Scroll event. They are part of a larger group that supports student activities and projects throughout the year.

Everyone benefits when our students benefit. Thanks to everyone who contributes.

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