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OSMA state convention 2018 provides awards, insights

Keynote speaker Joshua Hatch suggested students ask themselves, “So what?” when deciding what to write in their media. (photo by John Bowen)

Nearly 400 high school journalists, their media advisers plus classroom and newsroom pros as speakers made for two days of a-HA moments, stressful Day-of contests, shrieks of surprise and excitement during the awards presentation.

The audience filled the Kent State Ballroom as Joshua Hatch challenged them to think “So what?” when they start to produce an article — so what difference does this make and can you tell your audience members why they should care? Hatch, is a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT on leave from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy where he works as assistant managing editor for data and interactives.

 

NEWS FLASH! Student scholarship winners

Lakota East senior Julieanne Ford accepts the Ohio Journalist of the Year award from Journalism Education Association Ohio state director Maggie Cogar. (photo by John Bowen)

Three seniors were honored individually at the banquet. Competition was tough  with Sydney Li as runner-up and Julieanne Ford named Ohio’s Journalist of the Year. The Lakota East senior will have her portfolio judged with those from other states and the national winner will be announced at the JEA/NSPA convention in San Franciso April 14.

Mandy Kraynak from Revere High School is this year’s OSMA Scholarship winner who will be attending Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fall 2018.

If you’re a student at an OSMA-member school, have been part of your student media, and plan to attend Kent State to major in journalism, apply for the OSMA Scholarship when the application deadline is announced next year.

AND check out the winners here:

 

 

Questions? Contact Candace Bowen at cbowen@kent.edu.

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