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Many Good Things To Share

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Diana Hadley

There are so many good things to share that I’m going to list them and let the links lead you to the details.

1. Schools from throughout Indiana gathered at the Indiana Statehouse last week, March 7, to celebrate The First Amendment  and recognize this year’s top high school journalists in the state. Beatriz Costa-Lima, Munster High School, was named 2012 Indiana High School Journalist of the Year, and Darian Eswine, Floyd Central High School, was named runner-up. In all, 10 finalists were recognized for their outstanding high school journalistic accomplishments. Please take a moment to see our special coverage of the Symposium here.

In addition, 14 students received awards for First Amendment contests with projects ranging from essays to Postage Stamp Design.

2. Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, visited Indiana for three days last week. In addition to speaking at the symposium, he visited three colleges and met with people we work with in the legislature. As House Bill 1169 goes to a study committee of best practices for the summer and fall, Frank and Steve Key, General Counsel for Hoosier State Press Association will help us keep track of it and other legislation that could affect scholastic journalism. Their assistance in this effort would be impossible to overestimate.

3. The Munster Crier covered HB 1169 in its most recent issue. Other schools that have covered the bill are encouraged to send me a PDF of their publications. The Dow Jones Adviser Update featured Indiana publications in its entire “These Struck Our Fancy” edition with last year’s referendum coverage. They have invited us to continue to send examples of the civic journalism our students are doing.

4. The Floyd Central Bagpiper covered the recent tornado tragedy in their community with Bagpiper Storm Coverage about the event. Henryville High School, one of the hardest hit, is one of our member schools. A request from adviser Jolie Lindley for $5,000 to produce a special section in the yearbook about the storm and provide yearbooks for all seniors had an instant donor for that amount, but we will continue to share information about Henryville needs as the school tries to get back in business.

5. North Central High School and Columbus North High School combined forces for a shared publication when their girls basketball teams met each other in the state championship basketball tournament. Such a team effort with the two publications staffs created a unique record of the event and provided another way for our schools to work together. You can see their Special Flipped Issue here.

To have so many positive things happening during such a challenging time for high schools is a reflection of outstanding students and advisers. It is a privilege to work for all of you.

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