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EIGHT JEMKC Member Schools Named Pacemaker Finalists

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

EIGHT JEMKC Member Schools Named Pacemaker Finalists

The National Scholastic Press Association announced the finalists for the 2016 Newspaper and Broadcast Pacemaker awards earlier this week. JEMKC had EIGHT member schools named as finalists–two in Broadcast and six in Newspaper:

BROADCAST

Southside Scoop, Park Hill South HS
Tiger Broadcast, Lee’s Summit HS

NEWSPAPER

The Express, Blue Valley Northwest HS
The Standard, Blue Valley Southwest HS
The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS
The JagWire, Mill Valley HS
Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS
The View, Park Hill South HS

Congratulations to these eight member schools! Winners will be announced at the Fall National Convention in Indianapolis on Nov. 12.

Check out all the finalists here: Newspaper  Broadcast

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Member Schools Named All-Kansas

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

Member Schools Named All-Kansas

Kansas Scholastic Press Association named its Spring All-Kansas Publications yesterday, April 26, in overall News, Video and Online categories. Congratulations to the many JEMKC member schools who earned this ranking:

NEWS

4A
Piper High School

5A
Blue Valley Southwest High School
Mill Valley High School

6A
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Lawrence High School
Shawnee Mission South High School
Shawnee Mission West High School

VIDEO NEWS

5A
Blue Valley Southwest High School
Mill Valley High School

ONLINE NEWS

5A
Mill Valley High School

6A
Shawnee Mission South High School
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Shawnee Mission East High School

See all the winners here

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JEMKC Members Win Big at Spring NSPA/JEA Convention

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

JEMKC Members Win Big at Spring NSPA/JEA Convention

The theme for this spring’s JEA/NSPA Spring National Journalism Convention was “It’s All Here” and for many JEMKC member schools, “it” included a haul of awards:

Runner-up, Student Journalist of the Year

Justin Curto, Mill Valley High School


Online Pacemaker

Winner, Mill Valley High School
Finalist, Shawnee Mission East High School


Yearbook Pacemaker

Winner, Notre Dame de Sion High School
Winner, Shawnee Mission North High School
Winner, Shawnee Mission East High School
Finalist, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School


Best in Show

#3 Newsmagazine: Mill Valley High School
#8 Newsmagazine: Shawnee Mission North High School
#6 Newspaper Tabloid 17 pages or more: Shawnee Mission East High School
#10 Yearbook 233-288 pages: Mill Valley High School
#3 Yearbook 289-336 pages: Shawnee Mission North High School
#2 Yearbook 337 or more pages: Shawnee Mission East High School
#5 Yearbook 337 or more pages: Shawnee Mission Northwest High School


Individual Write-Off Awards

28 students from member schools placed in Individual Write-off contests, including students from Raymore-Peculiar, Liberty North, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission South, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission Northwest. See all results here
Congratulations to all our member schools who received awards, as well to all others who competed at the national level this year.

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Members named MIPA Student Journalist and Teacher of the Year

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

Members named MIPA Student Journalist and Teacher of the Year

At Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s State Journalism Day on Wednesday, April 6, two members were named with the top awards.

Congratulations to Cherie Burgett of member school Staley High School for being named MIPA’s 2016 Journalism Teacher of the Year.

Also, congratulations to Sophie Nedelco of member school Notre Dame de Sion for being named MIPA’s 2016 Student Journalist of the Year.

Many other member schools earned awards for their publications. Check them all out on the MIPA website.

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Two Member Schools named Online Pacemaker Finalists

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in JEA News, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

Two Member Schools named Online Pacemaker Finalists

Two JEMKC Member schools were named Online Pacemaker Finalists today by the National Scholastic Press Association.Winners will be announced at the Spring National Convention in Los Angeles on April 16.

Congratulations to our two member school finalists:

Mill Valley News Online
Mill Valley High School, Shawnee, Kansas

The Harbinger Online
Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas

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ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 play

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Adviser Resources, Kansas/Missouri News | 0 comments

ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 play

For several days before Courtwarming, we’d been having trouble with the fiber connection in the gym back to our studio. We’d only had one camera for the pep rally, and we’d anticipated the same for the game. But my Niles Media tech, Jeff Knold, was able to get the floor camera up and running just an hour before the game started. We got our crew in place and went live to our TV channel in Liberty, as well as live streamed on our website. 

As time ran down on the 1st half, we were down by 6 to a team we’d previously beaten by 20 just a week or so earlier. You could feel the frustration from the players and the coaches. With about 2 seconds left, senior Michael Hughes  heaved a desperation shot from the free throw line across the court and it went in as time expired at halftime. Bedlam ensued on the court, in the stands and in the studio. I asked my sophomore boy who was running the replay machine, “Did you get it?” He rewound the footage, and yeah, he got it on replay.  I had two camera people working: a junior girl running the top camera, who didn’t follow the shot because she “thought it wouldn’t make it” and a freshman girl working the floor camera, who followed the shot because “why not? I wasn’t doing anything else.” Freshman girl on the floor camera was the one who got the shot. 

We then downloaded that video, and John Sprugel of Niles Media called the ESPN assignment desk, who said to send it in. We sent the video about 9:45 pm. About 11:30, I got a text that it was going to be on ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 at midnight. It ended up being #2 for the night. It was measured at 75 feet. 

The whole thing was interesting process: from not even having a working camera earlier, to the basketball player throwing up an improbable shot, to the girl who followed the shot, to the boy who was paying attention to get it on replay—so many things could have gone wrong and we could have missed it altogether . It has been a great experience for my students, who have been honored at the school board meeting, and a great boost for the program. 

ESPN video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5suhtpp_8bw

Hughes shot with natural sound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYmlBI_rJ6g

My broadcasting students put this story together about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq1ZACa9KeQ

My newspaper kids wrote this story about the event:

http://www.northnationmedia.com/showcase/michael-hughes-snags-espn-top-ten-play/

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