FHN Journalism Program Shines in Sunny California

Posted on 04/27/2018
FHN Journalism Program Shines in Sunny California

The Francis Howell North High School journalism staff returned from their spring National High School Journalism Convention and brought home their usual haul of awards. The conference took place from April 12-14, 2018, in San Francisco, California. And in sunny California, these students were shining brightly.

“It was a great way to turn the corner and hit the home stretch of this school year,” Director of Student Media Aaron Manfull said. The staff attended learning sessions and did some sightseeing in the Bay Area. And they got those mentioned awards, too. “The graduating staffers got some final awards to close out their careers, and those who will be returning loaded up on some great ideas to get excited about for next year.”

The top prize went to the //FHNtoday.com/FHNgameday.com staffs. They earned a Pacemaker Award in the Online News website category. The Pacemaker is regarded as the top award a high school staff can earn. The school also snagged one spot in the Best of Show competition. The North Star newsmagazine placed second in the Newsmagazine category.  

Seven staffers were also honored for their work in write-off competitions at the convention. Earning Honorable Mentions were Kylah Woods in Newswriting and Reide Pearson in Broadcast Feature Story. Earning Excellent ratings were Emma Vernon in Yearbook Copy/Caption: Academics, Alex Rowe in General/Spot News Photography and Sam Cary in Photo Story. Taking the top spot in their categories with Superior rankings and earning medals were Madison Abanathie in Literary Magazine: Poetry, and Emily Hood in Broadcast Anchor.

One team of students from FHN qualified for the final 16 teams in the Journalism Education Association National Journalism Quiz Bowl event. The team of Alex Rowe, Carolynn Gonzalez, Kylie Kirkpatrick, and Sam Cary made it to the final eight teams in the competition.  

The program’s student editors-in-chief who oversee production of the media are senior Carolynn Gonzalez (North Star newsmagazine), senior Kylie Kirkpatrick (Excalibur Yearbook), senior Taylor Sheridan (Digital Media), senior Alyssa Barber (FHNtodayTV), and senior Alex Rowe (Photography).

The journalism program at FHN is led by Aaron Manfull and Jordyn Kiel. They oversee the nearly 100 members on staff and 300 students who run through the program each year. High school students at FHN can enroll in a variety of journalism courses. Beginning students can take Digital Photojournalism for Practical Arts credit. The Introductory Journalism and Journalism 2 classes count as Communication Arts credits. Once students have had a prerequisite, they can join staff and enroll in a for-credit class, taking Newspaper Production, Newspaper Production Honors, Yearbook Production, or Yearbook Production Honors.

For more information about the journalism program at FHN, please contact Mr. Manfull at aaron.manfull@fhsdschools.org.

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