JEMKC Members Win Big in Seattle

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

JEMKC Members Win Big in Seattle

Many JEMKC member schools were honored with a variety of awards at the Spring JEA/NSPA Convention in Seattle April 6-9. Congrats to everyone!

Adviser Awards

Pioneer Award
Jim McCrossen, Blue Valley Northwest

Distinguished Broadcast Adviser
Christina Geabhart, Oak Park High

Online Pacemaker Winners

The Harbinger Online, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
http://www.smeharbinger.net
C. Dow Tate, adviser

Mill Valley News, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.
http://www.mvnews.org
Kathy Hill Habiger, adviser

Dart News Online, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, Mo.
http://dartnewsonline.com
Brad Lewis, adviser

Online Pacemaker Finalist

Tonka News, Winnetonka HS, Kansas City, Mo.
http://tonkanews.com
Laura Williams, adviser

Yearbook Pacemaker Winners

Indian, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.
Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.
Le Flambeau, Notre Dame de Sion HS, Kansas City, Mo.

Best in Show Winners

Newspaper Special Edition
9. The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.

Newsmagazine
7.The JagWire, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.
8.The Tiger Print, Blue Valley HS, Overland Park, Kan.

Publication Website, small school
3.The JagWire, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan. www.mvnews.org

Publication Website, large school
6. The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan. www.smeharbinger.net

Broadcast Program
4. The North Report, Blue Valley North HS, Overland Park, Kan. www.vimeo.com/21153550
8. MVTV, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan. vimeo.com/album/4136570/video/200244983

Newspaper Tabloid 16 or Fewer Pages
4. The Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.

Newspaper Tabloid 17 or More Pages
1. The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.

Yearbook 232 or Fewer Pages
4. Le Flambeau, Notre Dame de Sion HS, Kansas City, Mo.

Yearbook 289-336 Pages
1. Indian, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.

Yearbook 337 or More Pages
3. Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
4. Heritage, Shawnee Mission South HS, Overland Park, Kan.
5. Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.

 

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Choosing The Right Editor-in-Chief

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Adviser Resources | 0 comments

Choosing The Right Editor-in-Chief

*Note: This was published last year around the same time and I feel it’s something we can all think about each time this year when it comes to looking at leadership for your publication’s staff. Enjoy it again!

Choosing an Editor-in-Chief for student publications is one of my favorite things to do. It’s a chance for a fresh start and there’s nothing quite like seeing a student’s excitement when you offer them the position,

It is also one of my most dreaded things I have to do as an adviser too because, despite the previous sentence, there is also the other side of it. Having to inform a student who did not get the nod is a tough thing to do because their dream of being EIC is crushed, and you just hope it doesn’t drive them from wanting to be a part of the publication.

As advisers, we sometimes spend weeks collecting applications, performing interviews, and pouring over portfolios and emails from co-workers trying to narrow down to those students who will lead our publications in the coming school year. There’s no magic wand or formula to choosing the best candidate, but as a former leadership consultant prior to my days as a publications adviser, here is some advice for making the process a little easier.

  • Go through the application process. Having an application for students to fill out gives them a chance to tell you a little about themselves and why they want to be EIC up front. Plus, it’s a good indicator as to who is taking the process seriously. Timeliness, proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, plus how they articulate their thoughts are all factors that go into my final decision. The application is the first step.
  • Put the application online. Trust me, this is going to save you so much time. Using Google Forms is my preferred way to manage the application. This places all answers into a nice and neat spreadsheet in which I can filter and quickly look at each applicant’s answers. Click here for the link to my EIC application at St. Teresa’s.
  • Perform an interview. I know. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Despite this, it’s another great indicator of how your applicant will handle a high-stress situation. For example, last year, I had an applicant whose written application was full of great ideas and very articulate. However, when she came in for her interview she froze up and could barely get a word out. This was a factor in my decision in the end, as I wondered if she would be able to communicate with staffers when she needed to. Plus, this is a great chance to ask questions you didn’t ask on the application or to have an applicant expand on their ideas from the application.
  • Ask for feedback from your peers. We only see our students for a small percentage of the day. Other teachers, coaches, and club or organization sponsors can give you a wider picture of an applications leadership potential. Don’t be afraid to ask for their feedback as well. I do this every year not just with my EIC applicants, but for new staff applicants as well.

Outside of the process of helping you make a more informed decision, here are some factors I take into account when all the above has been done.

  • Practice what you preach. Perhaps the most important factor I look for when choosing an EIC is do they hold themselves to the same standards they will expect from their staff? Do they meet deadlines? Do they help others without being asked to? Do they go above and beyond what their current duties are, whether they are a staff writer, page designer, or managing editor?
  • Leadership. This one is wide open to interpretation, but what obstacles would keep this applicant from being a strong leader? Do they delegate tasks or do they take over? Will staffers be able to trust in the decisions the applicant will have to  make?
  • Communication. Does the applicant have the ability to listen to others? Do they have the ability to communicate well face-to-face, electronically, online?
  • Time in class. Do they spend the whole class period working on their own assignments or have they taken the time to help others when asked?
  • Open mindedness. Are they open to the ideas of others or is it their way or the highway? Are they open to trying new ideas? Are they ok with tearing down the whole publication from story ideas to publication and starting over or are they ok with the status quo?
  • Trust. This kind of ties into the first one but can they be trusted to follow through? Will staffers be able to view them as their leader or just as their peer?

Although this is the process I go through, the most important thing is to find a process that works well both for you and for your publications.

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It’s Contest Time!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Contests | 0 comments

It’s Contest Time!

All of our contests this year are once again online submission, utilizing the same, streamlined submission site that you loved using last year.

All submissions are due MARCH 3 by 11:59:59 p.m.

Here is everything you need to know to enter JEMKC’s Spring 2017 Contests:

Remember: one entry per school per category.

 

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JEMKC Annual Winter Brunch Jan. 21

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

JEMKC Annual Winter Brunch Jan. 21

Mark your calendars! JEMKC’s annual Winter Brunch will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Brio on the Country Club Plaza. Click here for directions.

Come socialize with fellow advisers, eat some delicious food and hear from featured speaker Scott Canon of the KC Star! Only $5 per person and you can bring it with you to the brunch.

RSVP by Jan. 18 for a food head count.

Click here to see the full invite with all the details

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Results from JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

Results from JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention

JEMKC member schools took home a pile of awards at the Fall National Convention in Indianapolis. Congratulations to all the winners! KC is such an impressive area for high school journalism.

Newspaper Pacemaker Winners

The Express, Blue Valley Northwest
Standard, Blue Valley Southwest
The JagWire, Mill Valley
The Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest

Finalists included:
The Hargbiner, Shawnee Mission East
The View, Park Hill South

Broadcast Pacemaker

Finalists included:
Tiger Broadcast, Lee’s Summit
Southside Scoop, Park Hill South

BEST IN SHOW

Newspaper Special Edition
#8 Griffin Rites, Winnetonka

Newsmagazine
#10 The Spotlight, Blue Valley West

Publication Website, Small School
#4 Mill Valley News, Mill Valley
#9 Tonka News, Winnetonka

Publication Website, Large School
#3 The Harbinger Online, Shawnee Mission East

Newspaper Tabloid 17 or more pages
#1 Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East
#4 JagWire, Mill Valley

Yearbook 0-232 Pages
#7 Cambia, Oak Park

Yearbook 233-288 Pages
#4 The JAG, Mill Valley

Yearbook 289-336 Pages
#2 Indian, Shawnee Mission North
#8 Vision, Blue Valley Southwest

Yearbook 337+ Pages
#1 Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East
#3 Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest

Individual “Of the Year” Awards

Newsmagazine Cover Design
#4 Vivian Brockman, Park Hill South
#10 Thomas Sherk, Shawnee Mission East

Newspaper Page/Spread Design
#2 Anna McClelland, Shawnee Mission East
#8 Nicole Becker, Blue Valley Southwest

Yearbook Page/Spread Design
#1 Michael Hamilton, Shawnee Mission East

Infographic Design
#7 Yashi Wang, Shawnee Mission East

News Story
#4 Margo Johnson, Blue Valley Southwest

Diversity Story
#1 Maddie Davis, Blue Valley High School

Multimedia Feature
#Morgan Biles, Yashi Wang, Shawnee Mission East

Feature Photo
#1 Erica Good, Blue Valley Southwest

Sports Action Photo
#4 Delaney Oliver, Blue Valley Southwest

Sports Reaction Photo
#10 Julia Huebert, Blue Valley West

Environmental Portrait
#4 Hailey Hughes, Shawnee Mission East
#8 Ryan Barrett, Blue Valley West

Comic Strip/Panel
#3 Alex Ralston, Shawnee Mission West

Broadcast Sports Story
#7 Cassidi Sterrett, Lee’s Summit High School

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Online Senior Ad Submission

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Tips and Ideas | 0 comments

Online Senior Ad Submission

So we tried something new this year at Blue Valley High — we asked parents to submit all senior ad content online — crazy, right?!

I set up the form on Survey Gizmo (super easy, by the way). I then linked all of the survey information to a Google Sheet.

Here are some perks we’ve noticed so far:

  • When I ask for a 50-word limit on an eighth-page ad, they can’t progress through the form unless it’s 50 words or less. Also, while designing, students just have to copy/paste from the Google Sheet — it’s exactly what the parents submitted.
  • For the first deadline, we had TWO checks. Out of 168 submissions. Amazing. (We have parents pay on Vendini. It charges us like 4 percent of the total, but if you wanted, you could charge that to the parents. It’s totally worth it, in my opinion! There are also probably other sites that charge a lower fee, but this is the one used at my school.)
  • Everything is uploaded at once. Very rarely did we wait on an extra photo coming from a photographer/hard copy submission/etc.
  • Surprisingly, we had fewer issues with low-quality photos submitted.

Below is a series of screenshots I took from my phone. The submission process is broken down a bit more on the phone than it is on the computer, but this allows more of a step-by-step explanation.

Senior Ad Setup

 

Here is a link to the online submission form. goo.gl/1bNnGr. Feel free to mess with it. We are done with senior ad submissions already, so it won’t mess us up if you submit something. You can also see what the confirmation looks like if you enter a valid email address.

Also, here is a copy of our senior ad information sheet with FAQs we send to parents. By all means, look it over.

If you have more questions, please feel free to ask me. My email address is mnhuss@bluevalleyk12.org.

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JEMKC Member Schools Named Individual Award Finalists

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

JEMKC Member Schools Named Individual Award Finalists

JEMKC member schools had a total of 18 finalists in NSPA’s Individual Of the Year Awards. See all individual finalists below. Winners/placing will be announced at the NSPA Awards Ceremony during the NSPA/JEA Fall National Convention in Indianapolis on Nov. 12. Congrats to all finalists!

DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Newsmagazine Cover

Thomas Sherk
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School

Vivian Brockman
The View
Park Hill South

Newspaper Page/Spread

Nicole Becker, Kate Bowling
The Standard
Blue Valley Southwest High School

Kathleen Gartner
Epic
Shawnee Mission West High School

Anna McClelland
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School

Rachel Bateman
The Northwest Passage
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Yearbook Page/Spread

Michael Hamilton
Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School

Infographic

Yashi Wang
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School

PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Feature Photo

Erica Good
The Vision
Blue Valley Southwest High School

Sports Action Photo

Delaney Oliver
The Standard
Blue Valley Southwest High School

Sports Reaction Photo

Julia Huebert
Illumination
Blue Valley West High School

Environmental Portrait

Ryan Barrett
Illumination
Blue Valley West High School

Hailey Hughes
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School

STORY OF THE YEAR

Feature

Margo Johnson, Blake Gustafson
The Standard
Blue Valley Southwest High School

Diversity Story

Maddie Davis
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School

Multimedia Feature of the Year

Morgan Biles, Yashi Wang, Staff
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School

Broadcast Sports Story of the Year

Cassidi Sterrett, Kelly Dauer
Tiger Broadcast
Lee’s Summit High School

Comic/Panel Strip of the Year

Alex Ralston
The Epic
Shawnee Mission West High School

 

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