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SPA journalists attend national JEA/NSPA Convention; take home 11 awards
Posted 11/05/2018 04:19PM

Over the weekend of November 2-4, nine SPA Upper School students and their advisors traveled to the Journalism Education Association (JEA) / National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Convention in Chicago, IL. This year's convention brought record numbers of students to the windy city (6200 attendees from over 600 schools nationwide) and featured a full weekend of activities including a keynote by Pete Souza and sessions on everything from equity in reporting to new reporting technologies to journalists as watchdogs. Overall, the group was inspired by the convention's message, "It's an important time for journalism," and left energized and full of ideas. 

In addition to lots of time spent learning and networking, the Spartans also took home some big awards:

NSPA Individual Awards

  • 1st Place | Lit Mag Cover - Quinn Christensen '20
  • 5th Place | Comics Journalism - Mimi Geller '19
  • 5th Place | Editorial Cartoon - Melissa Nie '20
  • HM (Top 10) | Page Spread - Martha Slaven '20
  • HM (Top 10) | Multimedia News Story Package - Mimi Geller '19, Koji Gutzmann '19, Sharee Roman '20, Noah Raaum '20, Marlee Baron '18

JEA/NSPA Convention Best of Show (Top 10 publications from 600+ schools)

  • 1st place | Literary Magazine - Iris: Art and Literature
  • 6th place | Small School Website - RubicOnline

Eight of our journalists also participated in JEA Write-Offs, an opportunity to compete against students from all over the country in a two-hour contest. This year, there were over 2000 entries, with 800 awards, and 4 SPA students came home with awards:

  • Literary Magazine Poetry - Quinn Christensen '20
  • YB Copy: Academics - Ashley Su '20
  • Review Writing - Jack Benson '19
  • Feature Writing - Annika Rock '21

Please join us in congratulating our convention-goers and our national Individual Award winners!

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