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With concerns about social distancing, YOUR school requirements, which, in some cases, prohibit field trips this fall, and OUR college workshop sites, which are not likely to allow large groups to meet, the OSMA board reluctantly decided to cancel the two scheduled fall workshops.

That’s the sad news. But the GOOD NEWS is some exciting possibilities of ways we can meet your needs in other formats. Board members suggested some unique and interesting ways to help you through this difficult time.

We want advisers from all of Ohio — whether an OSMA-member school or not — to help us sorting through these possibilities and deciding which we think would work best.

To that end, OSMA board members are holding two Adviser Roundtables, Thursday, July 16, one from 2 – 3 p.m. and the other from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Choose one that works for your schedule.

There may be better ways to help Ohio’s student media than sitting in a series of university classrooms during one day in the fall. Please start thinking about what you need and how our willing OSMA board might deliver that. Then join the conversation. To get the link for one of the Zoom calls, please fill out this Google form.

Anna Mullins, this year’s OSMA Journalist of the Year and an editor-in-chief of the Lakota East Spark, has been named one of six runners-up in the Journalism Education Association 2020 National High School Journalist of the Year competition. As such, she will receive an $850 scholarship in the name of the late Sister Rita Jeanne Abicht, FSPA, longtime JEA treasurer. (photo by Eric Mullens)

Here you go — and more to come…

  • April 3 about 8 p.m., I posted the PowerPoint I always show at the convention and put it right below where last year’s is now.
  • The following week, we will send folders to advisers whose students had materials entered in the contests/critiques. These will include the critiques from judges.
  • As soon as possible, we will print certificates and get plaques and mail those to each school. This might not happen until fall.
  • Also as soon as possible, we will begin to process refunds for schools who have submitted payment for attending the conference and the banquet. This will take some time, especially if you had individual student checks, though we believe we can find a way to work with the Kent State financial powers that be to accomplish even that.

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

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