More than 1,000 awards went to students in 58 categories and to student media at 40 schools in Ohio. Executive director Candace Perkins Bowen read the names of those who won superior to the cheering audience of 350. (photo by John Bowen)


Registration forms are now available for overall publication critiques and for the 53 individual categories in OSMA’s annual contest. Get feedback from national experts to help you improve and earn Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention for your work. Your newspaper, newsmagazine or website could even get an All-Ohio! The state convention is at Kent State University, Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017, so plan to attend to learn from a wide variety of sessions, to meet other student journalists and get inspired, to take part in Day-of contests and go home with certificates and maybe even a plaque.

Check out yearbook award-winners

All 2015-2016 books have been judged and critiques will be back to the final batch of entrants before Christmas. The best news: We have two All-Ohio winners, and we have never had even one before. See how your school did here, but be sure to look at the critique book you received for ways to be even better next year. Hint: You can download a blank score book and check out how you’re doing as you prepare the 2016-2017 book now.


What a convention it was!

The OSMA Awards Banquet in April 2016 in the Kent State Ballroom brought students from as far away as Wilmington and Antwerp and as close as Streetsboro and Stow to enjoy dinner, a keynoter who has made a difference as a journalist and lots and lots of awards. Here’s the PowerPoint with the winners in 53 pre-entered individual categories and overall publication and website critiques. Additional winners Day-of winners from the Friday on-site contests are also available. Could you be an award-winner in 2017?

A look at last year’s Awards Banquet

(photos by John Bowen)

Check out yearbook award-winners SO FAR for 2015-2016 books. Last deadline is Nov. 30.

Ohio names its 2016 student journalist of the year, two honorable mentions

Maddie Weikel, Georgia Stilwell Dunn Ohio Student Journalist of the Year for 2016

Maddie Weikel, Georgia Stilwell Dunn Ohio Student Journalist of the Year for 2016

Maddie Weikel was named the 2016 Georgia Stilwell Dunn Ohio High School Journalist of the Year. The Lakota East senior has written such stories as “A Need to be Needed,” an in-depth piece that not only looks with a caring eye at the elderly, but researches what problems loneliness causes for them and what a difference “age-friendly practices” can make.   Her digital portfolio has been submitted to the national Journalism Education Association competition.

Brittany Meisler, Lakota East, and Madeline Zupko, Streetsboro, were both named honorable mention in the contest.

Advisers who are JEA members should watch for information about the contest in email in early Fall 2016. Portfolios for 2017 applicants will be due shortly after the start of second semester. Additional information is on the Journalism Education Association website.



Questions? Contact Candace cbowen@kent.edu