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 for fall regional workshops will be available by Aug. 30. Check the dates in the column on the left. Hope to see you there.

What a convention it was!

The OSMA Awards Banquet Friday, April 1 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 58 pre-entered individual categories and overall publication and website critiques. Additional winners Day-of winners from the Friday on-site contests are also available.

If you’re a sophomore or junior of an OSMA member school, consider joining the student board. You’ll be able to present sessions next year and help shape what we do with the organization. For more info and an application, check here. Deadline extended to April 15, 2016.

A look at the Awards Banquet

(photos by John Bowen)

Check out yearbook award-winners for 2014-2015 books

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