The very last on-demand writing session will take place on Thursday, February 7 at 6 PM.
All incoming J&C applicants who have not yet attended an on-demand writing assessment will need to attend this one in Manual’s senior cafeteria. The session will start right at 6 PM and end promptly at 7 PM. Please arrive early with pencil, paper and photo ID (ANY official document with the student’s name & photo – yearbooks, passports, state-issued ID, etc. – counts as photo ID!).
The Journalism 2 classes are about to start their unit on editorial writing, and part of writing a good editorial is avoiding flawed arguments. These flawed arguments are called fallacies and are to be avoided in persuasive writing or speaking.
Here are some great online resources on fallacies that you may find useful during this unit:
J&C students display their awards on stage in San Antonio.
The semiannual Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention is a rigorous academic event with competitions and workshops. Though J&C had relatively fewer individual competitors in attendance this time, this convention brought the most significant wins at a journalism convention for Manual since we first emerged as competitors on the national scholastic journalism landscape. Here are the results:
JOURNALISM QUIZ BOWL, SECOND PLACE. Manual’s powerhouse journalism team was Zoe Schaver, Julian Wright, Emily McConville, and Patrick Haertel. This was the first time we’ve seen this competition at a national convention and our team lost by one question to a team from Asheville, NC that has been competing in journalism quiz bowls within their region for some years. Questions involved current events, journalism terminology, knowledge of print and video production, and Associated Press Style rules.
BEST OF SHOW COMPETITION: This highly competitive contest recognizes the best publications among the attendees at the national convention. Side note: The highest awards for publications are the Pacemaker awards (for the National Scholastic Journalism Convention) and Gold Crown awards (for the Columbia Scholastic Journalism Convention) which will be announced at the spring convention.
THIRD PLACE, LITERARY MAGAZINE, One Blue Wall. A significant win because this was the first ever national placement for our literary magazine. The vision and implementation of the gorgeous layout was all one junior, Sadie Birchfield, who set herself the goal of designing a national award-winning literary magazine after becoming inspired at the NSPA convention her sophomore year. She designed the entire magazine herself in the J&C lab last year. Credit for the publication’s wonderful writing goes to Erica Darnell and the Creative Writing class; credit also goes to Amy Ritchie who got it printed and oversaw proofing with Sadie at the start of this year.
SIXTH PLACE, TABLOID NEWSPAPER, The Crimson Record. Last year, the CR’s Editor-in-Chief had a first national win for cover design in the NSPA individual competitions. This Best of Show placement is significant for the CR because it’s the first time it has placed in a national competition that recognizes the quality of the publication as a whole. Kudos to Amy Ritchie and her staffs of the last few years for making the improvements necessary for the CR to get noticed on the national scholastic journalism landscape.
FIRST PLACE, YEARBOOK 325+ PAGES, The Crimson. Not a first win for the yearbook in this competition but still significant because it’s the first time the yearbook earned First Place in Best of Show.
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS: We fared better with these competitions last year, but we have graduate Kelsey Bryant to thank for the Clint Vaught memorial video she produced which won an Honorable Mention for Multimedia Story of the Year.
ON-DEMAND “WRITE-OFF” CONTESTS: All of our delegates competed in these contests among 1,000+ of their national counterparts on Friday (except Julian Wright, Patrick Haertel, Emily McConville, and Jack Keyes who ended up having a conflict in the convention schedule). Five out of nine students who competed from Manual placed, our highest percentage of wins ever for on-demand contests.
Josh Svoboda, sophomore, received the highest award, SUPERIOR, in Yearbook Layout.
Kinsey Ball, a junior, received the highest award, SUPERIOR, in First Year Photography.
Tara Steiden, a senior, received the highest award, SUPERIOR, for her Photography Portfolio.
Hannah Phillips, a freshman, received the second highest award, EXCELLENT, in Poetry Writing.
Zoe Schaver, a senior, received the second highest award, EXCELLENT, in Feature Writing.
Olivia Millar, a freshman, received the third highest award, HONORABLE MENTION, in Review Writing.
COURAGE IN STUDENT JOURNALISM AWARD: Awarded by the Student Press Law Center. Zoe Schaver, Emily McConville, Kelsey McKim, Dakota Sherek, Patrick Haertel, and Virginia Johnson picked up this award for a publication they did outside of school last year. Zoe gave a five minute speech to an audience of about 5,000 students, teachers, and professionals at the San Antonio convention center.
In the next Journalism 2 unit, we’ll be reading lots of prizewinning feature articles. To start with, please read The Girl in the Window, a Pulitzer Prize winner from 2009. Be ready to discuss the article in class when we meet again. If you’re the type of person who can easily recall everything you’ve ever read, then you don’t need to take notes; if you’re not that type of person, then I’d strongly suggest making notes as you read. What words, phrases or descriptions are the most vivid? Which parts of the story have the most emotional impact on you? How is this different from a regular inverted-pyramid news article?
Both J2 classes should read one or more of these articles by local journalist Michael Jones before Thursday (W3) or Friday (R3):
Mr. Jones will be a guest speaker in class during J2 on Thursday and Friday. Mr. Jones will speak about feature article writing, moving a story from idea to publication, and being a freelancer versus a staff writer. After reading his article(s), have at least two questions ready to ask, and be ready to take notes during the discussion. Next week I will check for your notes and questions.
J2 students looking for online resources can find them here: