The Journalism Education Association, the nation's largest scholastic journalism organization for educators, has selected SPA senior Mimi Geller ‘19, Director of RubicOnline, as the Minnesota Journalist of the Year. RubicOnline is the digital partner publication to SPA's printed student newspaper, The Rubicon.
Geller is the sole winner from Minnesota, selected from among nominated student journalists from around the state. Candidates for the award must submit a portfolio of journalistic work that highlights their writing, design, photography, videography, and multimedia skills. Director of Publications Kathryn Campbell, who recommended Geller for the award, was notified of her selection on March 12, 2019, and Mimi was presented with her award by Laurie Hansen, Director of the Journalism Educators of Minnesota, at an Upper School assembly on March 14.
"There are so many things that make Mimi a standout journalist: her passion for our work, her leadership by example," Campbell said, "but what stands out most is Mimi's abiilty to create opportunities for other students interested in journalism to excel. From the social media challenges for her staff to the development of the "Life of a Story" summer workshop at SPA, Mimi champions journalism in everything she does."
Geller joined The Rubicon her freshman year at SPA as a staff writer, worked as an Arts and Entertainment editor her sophomore year, and was tapped to lead RubicOnline in the spring of 2016, serving two years as the top editor of SPA's NSPA Pacemaker- and CSPA Gold Crown-award winning website. In addition to the Minnesota Journalist of the Year award, Geller has won multiple awards for her work, including two NSPA Individual awards this fall for Comics Journalism and Multimedia Story of the Year, and taking first place in CSPA's Gold Circle awards for Video Feature Package, in addition to several state awards for writing and multimedia journalism.
In winning the Minnesota title for Journalist of the Year, Geller is now entered into JEA's national competition for student journalists. The national award winners will be announced in April 2019.