Edinboro University Hosts 10th Annual High School Journalism Competitions

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 9:18 PM
Edinboro University Hosts 10th Annual High School Journalism Competitions by Hannah Webster
Above, McKenzie Jay floor directs at an ETV newscast. High school students who attend Journalism Day meet campus media students and learn about the journalism industry.

Edinboro University is hosting the 10th annual Northwestern Pennsylvania High School Journalism Competition.

In a statement released by the university, Dr. Tony Peyronel, chairman of the department of journalism and public relations, called the competition “an important part of our annual high school journalism day.”

The competition acknowledges journalistic talent in northwestern Pennsylvania high school students, along with the surrounding areas. The event is open to all 10-12 grade students interested in journalism.

Participating students may submit into various subcategories under features, sports, news, broadcast and photojournalism. An additional category is being added this year — podcast/vodcast, due to the many podcast and vodcast submissions under the broadcast categories.

Faculty members from the department of journalism and public relations, as well as student members from the campus media organizations will evaluate the submitted entries.

Local media providers such as The Meadville Tribune, YourErie.com, Jet- TV and Fox 66, are awarding the top three finishers in all categories. The fourth and fifth winners will receive a certificate of recognition. The winner of the “Best in Show” award will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Edinboro University.

Last year’s winner of “Best in Show” was junior Jacob Perrett.

Winners of the various categories will be allowed to invite one guest to attend an awards luncheon on April 8. This particular event is a part of Edinboro University’s high school journalism day.

High school journalismday is an opportunity for high schools involved in communication arts and journalism to network and meet other students, staff and Edinboro campus media. This day is also a chance for high school students to meet local media professionals and successful alums.

“I think the opportunity that high school students have talking to college journalists is really helpful for them and can be really inspiring if they make the right connections and ask the right questions,” said Dr. Jim Wertz, Edinboro University assistant professor of journalism and public relations.

Schools from areas as far as Pittsburgh and Allentown have made the long journey to Edinboro to compete and participate in the events.

The day begins with breakfast, which includes a keynote speaker, followed by various panels which students can choose to attend. Such panels have included topics like on-air presentations, professional journalism, new media landscapes and podcasts. At noon, there will be another keynote speaker, followed by the distribution of awards.

This year’s midday speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Vitez. Vitez has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985, specializing in humaninterest stories. He has published three books, his latest titled, “A Road Back: Journey of Grace and Grit.”

Past speakers include, Jamison Hixenbaugh, Vanessa Herring, Jack Speer, Bob Benz, Janet Castro and Randy McIlwaine.

Another great opportunity offered to the schools is a chance for them to bring their newspaper for a critique on content and design layout. Advisors are also invited to sit in on a panel specially designed for them. This panel will give high school media advisors the opportunity to network and compare high school media programs.

For more information regarding the competition, please visit the journalism and public relations department event page on the university’s website.

Hannah Webster is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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