Get ready for annual

OSMA contests and critiques

IT’S TIME TO PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES for OSMA’s pre-entered individual category contests and contests/critiques for overall news media. Individual categories cover everything from writing to design to visuals for newspapers, newsmagazines and yearbooks. Other categories cover broadcast and student-run news websites. These and the overall newspaper and newsmagazine submissions are due Jan. 23, 2015, with awards announced at the State Convention in April. Day-of contests are held at the State Convention, one student per school in each of the seven categories except for the Editors’ Challenge, Broadcast and Yearbook Design.



More than 700 advisers and students participated in fall 2014 workshops

Mitch McKenney, Daily Kent Stater and KentWired adviser, leads a session about how to find good story topics. (2014 – photo by John Bowen)

OSMA’s fall workshops took place in October and were located at Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, and Otterbein University. Thirty-five Ohio high schools were represented at the workshops by over 700 adviser and student participants.  Each workshop offered sessions that focused on different topics to strengthen student media, from photography and social media to interviewing tips and legal issues.

The next opportunity for students and advisers to collaborate and learn more about student media will be Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at the OSMA state convention. Registration information coming soon! Be on the look-out next September for information about our fall 2015 regional workshops.


OSMA welcomes inspiring editor

as banquet keynoter


Journalist and keynoter Mizell Stewart III shares what he has learned about being successful. Failure doesn’t have to be a bad thing, he said. (photo by John Bowen)

“Effort, failure and persistence” is what it takes, Mizell Stewart, III, vice president/content, newspaper division of The E.W.Scripps Company, told 350 journalism students and their advisers at the OSMA Awards Banquet, Friday, April 4. His “What it takes to find your place” talk gave them tips on how to be successful in whatever their careers end up being.

Check out who won what in the awards banquet Friday, April 4. With entries in 56 categories, we had 1,061 winners receiving Superior, Excellent or Honorable Mention. Best of all, they received feedback on all those entries — strength of the entry and areas that could use improvement. Overall publications also got critique books with tips for improvement.

Students learned Saturday how they placed in Friday’s Day-of Competition. Individuals and teams participated in writing, design, photography and broadcast categories, plus the new-this-year team Editors’ Competition, when four from each school had to select content based on news judgment, design and lay out four pages, also selecting photos and writing headlines. See winners below.

The 2015 state convention will be Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at Kent State University. Watch for details about new ideas and hands-on learning sessions.


Ohio’s Journalist of the Year
heads to national competition


Alexa Chryssovergis, Lakota East High School senior, accepts the certificate indicating she is Ohio’s entry into national competition. (photo by Wayne Dunn)

Alexa Chryssovergis is Ohio’s 2014 Journalist of the Year. She will be competing against Journalists of the Year from 35 other states in the national Journalism Education Association competition in late April. The annual contest requires a portfolio showing the range and depth of each entrant’s high school journalism contributions. Alexa will receive a $500 scholarship for her win at the state level.

This isn’t Alexa’s only win. Earlier she was named the recipient of the Wayne Brasler Award and was a member of the team that received first in the News Story of Year competition for their in-depth look at the gun culture in the U.S.

Students who will graduate in 2015 or later should start collecting work for their portfolios now. JEA State Director Georgia Dunn will offer sessions at fall regional workshops to help students plan what they need. Then the portfolios will be due for Ohio competition by March 1, 2015.


Senior Ashleigh Metzinger from Stow-Munroe Falls High School, receives the first-ever Ohio Scholastic Media Association Scholarship from Thor Wasbotten, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The $500 award goes to an outstanding senior at an OSMA member school who will be attending Kent State in the fall. (photo by John Bowen)

Others with outstanding portfolios received recognition, too. They are SUPERIOR Melissa Layton,  Centerburg, and Joshua Shi, Lakota East; EXCELLENT Bethany Bella, Gahanna Lincoln; Chris Bowling, Lakota East; Caitlin Coward, Findlay; Angela Ferguson, Lakota East; and Lily Wiest, Delaware Hayes; HONORABLE MENTION Avery McGrail, Delaware Hayes; and Amanda Weisbrod, Lakota East.




Day-of Award Winners


  • Honorable Mention: Hoover High School
    —Josh Woods
    —Madison DeChellis
    —Carly Preston
  • Third Place: Antwerp Local School
    —Aaron Schneider
    —Maddie Reinhart
    —Samantha Provines
  • Second Place: R.B. Hayes High School —
    —Megan Ayscue
    —Lily Wiest
    —Jen Foreman
  • First Place: Centerburg High School
    Melissa Layton
    Christina Higgins
    Emily Jayjohn


  • Third Place
    —Claire O’Neill,  R. B. Hayes High School
  • Second Place
    —Maddie Pinney,  Hoover High School
  • First Place
    —Cathy Perloff,  Beachwood High School


  • Third Place
    —Madeline Zupko, Streetsboro High School
  • Second Place
    —Brad Steel,  Kettering Fairmont High School
  • First Place (tie)
    —Madison Shelton,  Lakota East High School and Alexis Jarrett, Centerburg High School


  • Honorable Mention
    —Alyssa Roehm,  Lakota East High School
  • Second Place
    —Hannah Sutton,  Centerburg High School
  • First Place
    —Catie Carey,  Streetsboro High School


  • First Place
    —Josh Shi,  Lakota East High School


  • Third Place
    —Nathan Grizenki,  Centerburg High School
  • Second Place
    —Susan Eiben  Beachwood High School
  • First Place
    —Amanda Weisbrod,  Lakota East High School


  • Second Place
    —Soliana Goldrich,  Beachwood High School
  • First Place
    —Morgan Bain and Emily Hayes,  Lakota East High School


  • Honorable Mention
    —Caitlen Cameron,  Norwalk High School
  • Third Place
    Lily Condron,  Kettering Fairmont High School
  • Second Place
    —Maddie Otterson,  Roosevelt High School
  • First Place

    Sam Soltis,  Streetsboro High School


PLAN NOW FOR SPRING DELIVERY 2013-2014 YEARBOOK CRITIQUES. Later delivery books can be submitted Sept. 30 and Nov. 30.

  • by June 30 — evaluations returned by Sept. 15.

Download your application form now.


Questions? Contact Candace cbowen@kent.edu