2022 Kansas Student Journalist of the Year Portfolio
The Kansas Student Journalist of the Year contest gives student journalists the opportunity to showcase their work. The competition is separated into 3 classifications: 1A/2A, 3A/4A, 5A/6A. A winner is chosen from each of those categories and then a finalist is chosen to be sent on to the national competition.
This is the portfolio for 2021-22 Charger editor in chief Emma Alderman.
Reporting and Writing
Explanation The purpose of this news story was to inform community members on the effect of the decreased number of substitutes and how the district was attempting to solve the problem. This story involved a lot of research and data collecting before I could begin interviewing people.
Editing, Leadership and Team Building
“The mission of the Charger newspaper and related media is to inform the students and school community about relevant issues in a fair, accurate and timely manner, to advocate for all students and serve as an open forum for student free speech.”
Explanation At the start of this school year, our adviser challenged us to write a new mission statement following negative community reaction to an article we published and the institution of a new administrative review policy. During this process I explained to the new members what our purpose as a student newspaper is and ensured that the purpose was clearly stated.
Changes The first thing I noticed when reading this story was the format of it. If I were to write this story now I think I might begin it with writing about the sports changes and then move onto other fans and then other activities. Starting with the impact on fans is alright, but the changes to sports should have at least been ahead of cheer and band. Another big thing I noticed was the quotes I included with the section about cheerleading. I should have only used one of those quotes and then maybe gotten a better one from the coach about reasoning or impact of the new policies. It’s also usually a good idea to talk to the superintendent or principal when writing stories like this. Lastly, there are some grammatical errors that after reading I noticed. There is nothing too big that affects the story, but little mistakes that I no longer make.
Explanation This is the first ever newspaper story I wrote. Since then I believe my skills as a journalist have improved — not only in my writing but also in my editing skills as I am now editor in chief of our paper and have to review all other projects. I have learned how to critique work in a way that is both kind and helpful to ensure that everything we publish is up to a standard that we can be proud of.
Web and Social Media
Explanation This is an illustration I helped develop for the substitute teacher shortage story I wrote. I took the picture and blacked out the teacher, and then my adviser helped me to add the question marks. The idea behind this image was to visually show the uncertainty students have when teachers are absent. They never know who, if anyone is going to cover their class, and in some cases they are just sent to the library.
Explanation As of this year, our journalism adviser has tried to ensure that every article we write has some form of photo or illustration with it. Here is a photo I took and a caption I wrote of the school resource officer working with students for an article a fellow staff member wrote last year to introduce her.
Law, Ethics and News Literacy
Marketing and Audience Engagement
Question of the week
Commitment to Diversity
Print Issue Copies
All-Kansas News Publication 2020-21
Kansas State Fair Scholastic Press Corps — Print Competition