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Competition Deadlines and Links To Help You Participate

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Diana Hadley

Diana Hadley


As deadlines approach, here is a review of competition opportunities for your students and publications.



Send 3 consecutive newspapers from the beginning of the 2012 school year. Click here for the Hoosier Star Newspaper application form. (Fee is $50. Check should be made to Franklin College with notation to IHSPA.)


This contest is a continuation of the popular Media Day Super Bowl contest initiated last year.

Each student who enters the sports contest should send any combination of three of the following: sports stories, sports columns or sports photos that have been published in a high school publication or for a high school website since the beginning of the 2012 school year. (Website sports entries can be video or multimedia coverage or features.)

Winners of the sports contest will receive press credentials to cover this year’s Indianapolis 500 Media Day. Awards will be announced and presented at the First Amendment Symposium on March 6 at the Indiana Statehouse. (There is no entry fee for this contest, and entries can be sent as PDF attachments to my email.)



Check this link for Portfolio Guidelines, but send the Student Journalist of the Year portfolio to Diana Hadley at IHSPA. (No entry fee.)


• Essay Contest:

Advisers are encouraged to send up to three of their best student entries based on this year’s Society of Professional Journalist essay topic:

 “Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?”

Include the Essay Entry Form. Additional copies can be downloaded from the Society of Professional Journalist website but send to Diana Hadley. (IHSPA will pay national entry fees and forward winning entries to the national contest.)

• David Adams First Amendment Contests

Poster or t-shirt designs that promote the First Amendment should be submitted as a PDF and sent to Diana Hadley’s email:

• Special publications or in-depth features about First Amendment issues. (A feature story about the 25th anniversary of Hazelwood would be a possible example for this category this year.) (add link)

• Other First Amendment projects can include video or multimedia presentations that promote or describe First Amendment Freedoms or special educational events planned for the student’s school or community. Past entries have included First Amendment weeks or First Amendment programs for the community or multiple schools. Description of projects should be submitted with materials that help describe the projects. (There is flexibility in this category to encourage creativity. Questions about possible entries are welcome.)

Entries for all contests should be sent by the deadlines above to:

Diana Hadley, IHSPA
Franklin College
101 Branigin Boulevard
Franklin, IN 46131

Awards for all the contests described above will be presented at the First Amendment Symposium at the Indiana Statehouse, March 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Feel welcome to contact me with questions about any of the contests or symposium.

Diana Hadley
Office: 317.738.8199
Cell: 317.341.4360

Categories: IHSPA News

Memories Of Hazelwood And A Principal Who Cared

January 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Diana Hadley

Diana Hadley

In what some may categorize as another episode of  “Remembering the olden days with Diana Hadley,” I want to describe the day the Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier case was announced 25 years ago this week.

My principal, my newspaper editor and I all read about the Hazelwood decision in the morning paper. (Morning newspapers sometimes had breaking news in the last century.)

My newspaper editor decided to wear black mourning clothes to school that day to make a fashion statement about her opinion of the decision. My principal was at the sign-in counter when I arrived. He mentioned the Hazelwood article and then asked when the next production night was scheduled.

When I told him it was Tuesday and asked if he planned to be there, he said, “No, you can tell your kids it is business as usual around here.”

Sharing that great news with the editor was a momentary damper on her great black clothes protest, but we all breathed that sigh of relief that comes from working in a positive environment.

Not everyone was as lucky as we were, and I have learned that many administrators have realized our fears and used Hazelwood as the opportunity to take more control of the content of student publications.  The good news is that many have not, and 25 years later that is what we can actually celebrate: the fact that given the opportunity to stifle student voice, many administrators still support student publications.

IHSPA recognized my principal, Bill Overholser, with a special award for his support of high school publications. He shares that honor with 15 other Indiana administrators who have continued to value student expression despite the temptation to embrace Hazelwood when student coverage is uncomfortable for them.

At the 2012 fall convention, IHSPA recognized two of those administrators: Patricia Flowers, Connersville High School Principal, and Jeff Butts, Wayne Township Superintendent. Thanks again to them and all administrators who believe that “business as usual” at their high school should include strong, independent publications staffs.

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First Amendment Contests, Projects Challenge Students’ Creativity

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Diana Hadley

Diana Hadley

IHSPA Members:

Recent emails and Facebook messages indicate that many advisers were as busy during the holiday break as they are when school is in session. I hope everyone has been able to complete first semester responsibilities, and the New Year seems like a fresh start.

As you look at the opportunities for your students and publications to participate and compete, feel welcome to contact me with specific questions.

In the meantime, let me promote the First Amendment contests.

First Amendment Essay Contest

The essay should be double spaced and 300-500 words. IHSPA is using the same essay question for the First Amendment contest as the Society of Professional Journalists 2013 competition.

“Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?”

 IHSPA will pay the entry fee and send in the winning entry to SPJ prior to the symposium. All entries should be sent to me but include the SPJ entry form that can be downloaded from the SPJ website here.

David Adams First Amendment Projects

These entries can be posters or t-shirt designs that promote the First Amendment or any educational project that encourages First Amendment freedoms in the school or community. (The more creative the entries the more categories we can give awards.)

Feel welcome to contact me with questions about any of the contests or events. More information about the symposium program will be provided soon.

Diana Hadley

Office 317.738.8199

Cell: 317.341.4360

Categories: IHSPA News