Thursday, March 20, 2008

Workshop opportunity for editorial cartoonists

Just passing this along from the American University Discover the World of Communication Summer Program:

(At the program) students will work with professional editorial cartoonists on how to capture the essence of an issue or event in a single drawing. The course will introduce beginners to world of editorial cartooning, while giving experienced cartoonists a chance to hone their skills. Partial to full tuition scholarships will be available to the top high school editorial cartoonists.

Students wishing to be selected for a partial to full tuition scholarship should send 3 editorial cartoons or drawings, or a paragraph describing his/her interest in learning how to become an editorial cartoonist by May 1 to:

Discover the World of Communication
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Attn: Sarah Menke-Fish, Assistant Professor and Director

Please include your name, age, high school and home phone number. Winners will be notified no later than May 5, 2008. Check out the website at for additional courses.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Another successful conference in the books

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2008 WJEA State Conference at Auburn High School on Saturday. The conference was a huge success, as we had more than 350 students and nearly 40 advisers attend.

If you missed out, you can catch up on all of the award winners here. Special congratulations to our major award winners.

  • Future Journalist of the Year: Taylor Buck, Peninsula HS (Gig Harbor)
  • Lu Flannery Outstanding Journalist: Emily Rome, Charles Wright Academy (Tacoma)
  • Newspaper Best of Show: JagWire, Emerald Ridge HS (South Hill)
  • Newsmagazine Best of Show: The Commoner, Gov. John R. Rogers HS (Puyallup)
  • Yearbook Best of Show: The Thunderbolt, Todd Beamer HS (Federal Way)
  • Adviser of the Year: Kay Locey, Gov. John R. Rogers HS (Puyallup)
  • Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award: Jeff Nusser, Wenatchee HS
  • Special Recognition awards: Brian Schraum and Fern Valentine
  • Adviser Scholarship awards: Stephanie Keagle, Auburn Mountainview HS (Auburn), and Michelle Hornaday, Edmonds-Woodway HS (Edmonds)
Thanks again to all who participated and attended! And don't forget to mark your calendars for the adviser and student workshops at Central Washington University.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Conference just three days away; presenter lineup finalized

The 2008 WJEA state conference at Auburn High School is now just three days away, and we've finalized the presenter lineup.

If you just can't wait until Saturday to get your presenter program, you can get a sneak peak at this Google spreadsheet. I think it's a tremendous lineup that is going to give all students a wide variety of learning opportunities. This is in addition to the contests in the morning and the keynote by the Seattle P-I's Monica Guzman. Exciting stuff!

Hopefully we'll see you all there.