Adviser Update Spring 2014

SPRING 2014 PAGE 24A NEWS FUND ADVISER UPDATE yellow magenta cyan black ■ Who are we? The Dow Jones News Fund, a nonprofit foundation supported by the Dow Jones Foundation and other newspaper companies, encourages young people to consider journalism careers. ■ Adviser Update’s mission Adviser Update, a newsletter published by the Dow Jones News Fund for high school journalism teachers and publications advisers, is a free quarterly serving the inexperienced as well as the veteran. It will be the seminal free resource for these educators, a clearinghouse of practical, topical information. ■ Contacting the News Fund Mail: P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300 Phone: 609-452-2820 Fax: 609-520-5804 E-mail: ■ News Fund staff Richard Holden, executive director Linda Shockley, deputy director Diane Cohn, director of finance ■ Contacting Adviser Update Please address all news items to George Taylor, Adviser Update editor. Mail: 200 North Lehigh St., Tamaqua, PA 18252 Phone: 570-668-4451 E-mail: Copyright © 2014 Dow Jones News Fund, Inc. BY RANDY HAMM E Dow Jones News Fund P.O. Box 300 Princeton, NJ 08543-0300 609-452-2820 WINNERS — For the first time The Newsies! offered a Best Middle School Newspaper and the staff of The Clinton Post at The Clinton School for Artists and Writers (pictured here) received an honorable mention. Best in the Big Apple F orty-one teens were honored at the 2013 Newsies!, the only high school journalism competition for New York City student journalists. The big winners were The Murrow Report (Edward R. Murrow HS), Dow Jones Best Overall Print Newspaper, and The Classic (Townsend Harris HS), Dow Jones Best Overall Online News Site. The Classic, Murrow Report and Brooklyn Latineer (Brooklyn Latin School) each walked away with six awards. The ceremony, which took place as part of the 10th NYC High School Journalism Conference, was hosted by Michael Aronson of the New York Daily News editorial board and produced by the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College. Winners were published on the New York Daily News Online at GOING FOR THE GOLD — The Murrow Report took home the gold for the second year for Dow Jones Best Overall Print Newspaper at the 2013 Newsies! at Baruch College. Update photos by Glenda Hydler SHUT DOWN Elimination of an established journalism program is a huge loss for a school ast Bakersfield (Calif.) HS celebrated its 75th anniversary this past fall with a community celebration. Among the many traditions that began with the founding of the school is the school newspaper, produced through the decades by a single journalism class. But the principal cancelled the class for this year. Principal Lee Vasquez told The Bakersfield Californian he hated to put an end to The Kernal but said he made the call due to budget constraints, lack of sufficient numbers in the journalism class, and the need to focus on test scores and the core academic subjects. “It was a tough decision we had to make,” Vasquez told the local paper. “I hate the idea of The Kernal being shut down on my watch.” A group of committed student volunteers, led by a volunteer adviser, have stepped up to produce quarterly issues of The Kernal during their after-school hours in hopes of keeping up student interest in journalism on campus. They are lobbying Vasquez to reinstate the class next year, but if he doesn’t, there are no plans to continue the paper. This is not an isolated incident. East High is the latest of several in this district of 18 comprehensive high schools to lose its student journalism class in recent years. Only seven journalism programs remain in the Kern High School District, and none of the three new campuses opened in the past six years have included journalism as an elective. Although some have suggested that top district administrators want a journalism-free district, recently retired members of the See SHUT DOWN on page 2A Inside Drone use, legal or illegal Page A14 News Fund workshop contest winners Page A11 black ■ Update George Taylor, editor Kathleen Zwiebel, design Mary Kay Davis and Elsa Kerschner, production Adviser Update VOLUME 54, NUMBER 4 cyan ■ Web site services Information about the News Fund, its services and programs and selected articles from Adviser Update are available at the News Fund’s Web site: Non-Profit Org. 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