Plows, who finished her fifth year of advising this spring, built a nationally recognized journalism program in just three years. Student editors of The Blackfriar Chronicle were named PA Student Journalists of the Year in 2016 and 2017, with national recognition from the Journalism Education Association (JEA) for the Student Journalism Impact Award in 2016. The staff has won numerous state and national individual honors, while the publication was awarded the prestigious 2017 Silver Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University.
PSPA past president and JEA Mentor Jane Blystone, MJE said, “As a newer adviser and someone who is new to the PSPA executive board, Kate has stepped up to the plate and invested herself in journalism as much as her art.”
“She brings a passion to journalism that can’t help but inspire you to interview that extra source to balance the story, attack another angle, or push the late hour because it’s deadline night,” previous Blackfriar Chronicle Editor-in-Chief and 2016 PSPA Student Journalist of the Year Justice Bennett said. “She is always available to help talk through a story or work on the structure.”
PSPA President Paul Fantaski said, “The selection process was no easy task this year. Each nominee showed such merit.”
To nominate advisers for the 2018 PSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, submit applications for any active member of the organization by June 15, 2018. Nominations can be submitted by any teacher, administrator, student, or media professional.