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OSMA’s convention: sessions, awards, inspiring keynoter

Mary Beth Tinker was in 8th grade when she took a stand for student expression that still helps protect your voices today. (photo by Melinda Yoho)

Join us on the Kent State campus April 12 & 13, 2019. Friday afternoon’s sessions will culminate with the awards banquet. You’ll get to hear Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court decision that said neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

That’s still true today as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tinker v. Des Moines Community Independent School District decision. Tinker will inspire you to fight even harder to be able to use your voice to make a difference.

Then we’ll celebrate YOU as we announce Ohio’s Journalist of the Year, whose portfolio go on to the national competition in Anaheim, and the OSMA Scholarship winner. Links to details about those awards will be on this page soon.

Finally, we’ll cheer as we see who earned Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention in the 54 individual categories and how each overall news website, newspaper and news magazine scored in the critiques. Yearbooks, which were judged earlier in the year, will also be recognized.

Stay overnight to enjoy both days

Special Hotel/Motel Information here. Be sure to say you’re here for a Kent State event.

Get Certified! Take the CJE or MJE test

Ever thought about getting certification from the Journalism Education Association? It often helps advisers show they really DO know what they’re talking about!

Learn more about what it takes to become a Certified Journalism Educator or a Master Journalism Educator. If you need to take the CJE or MJE test, you can do so Friday afternoon, April 12 on the campus of Kent State University.

Find out more and sign up by March 1 by contacting JEA.

Want to be an Student Board representative?

Watch this video to see them in action. Then check out requirements and find an application here.  Deadline to submit is March 29, 2019.



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

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