More than 60 of those student journalists competed in contests involving news writing, sports writing, editorial writing, photography, yearbook writing and design, and literary magazine contributions. The competition involved prompts designed to parallel what students might encounter while working on their own student publications. Students were on deadline, with approximately 45 minutes to create their work in each contest.
Educational sessions led by Drexel University faculty and staff from the Student Press Law Center ran opposite the contest sessions. Students and advisers practiced graphic design strategies, participated in discussions about the future of print news, and learned about how student press law applies to public and private schools in Pennsylvania.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Drexel University for hosting our regional event for the first time,” PSPA site coordinator and vice president Kate Plows said. “On behalf of PSPA, I’d especially like to thank Jackie Hopkins, Director of Events and Visitor Relations for Drexel’s Enrollment Management. Jackie’s background in student journalism made her determined from the start to host a great event. The engagement of our students and advisers as they explored and learned at the URBN Center confirmed that Drexel did just that.”
PSPA hosts eight regional Student Journalism Competitions each fall throughout the state. Only the top-scoring competitors in each regional contest category qualify to attend the annual state finals in State College, PA. PSPA is excited to invite the following 19 Philadelphia-area student journalists to spend a day of journalism competition and learning at Penn State University on March 25, 2020, hosted by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
2019 PSPA Philadelphia SJC Results
- 1Y—Yearbook Caption Writing | Kate Malley, Strath Haven H.S.
- 4Y—Yearbook Spread Design | Anish Garamidi, Conestoga H.S.
- 5N—Newspaper News Story Writing | Quinn Luong, The Haverford School
- 6N—Newspaper Feature Writing | Will Garrett, Strath Haven H.S., Owen Ley, Perkiomen Valley H.S.
- 7N—Newspaper Sports Story Writing | Aimee Butterbaum, Conestoga H.S., Mitav Nayak, The Haverford School
- 8E—Editorial Cartoon | Melinda Xu, Conestoga H.S.
- 9E—Editorial Cartoon | Matt Fan, Conestoga H.S.
- 10L—Literary Magazine, Poetry | Lara Briggs, Conestoga H.S.
- 11L—Literary Magazine, Artwork | Madison Red, Conestoga H.S., Lauren St. Clair, Strath Haven H.S. (Tie)
- 13YP—Yearbook Photography | Tamara Rushby, Conestoga H.S.
- 14NP—Newspaper Photography | Isabella Ewing, Perkiomen Valley H.S., Maria Andraos, Strath Haven H.S.
- 15BF—Broadcast Carry-In Feature Package | Alisha Lou, Franklin Learning Center, Jack Susanin, Conestoga H.S., Owen Cutler, Conestoga H.S.
- 15BN—Broadcast Carry-In News Package | Val Pucci, Conestoga H.S.
The Pennsylvania School Press Association originated in 1925 and stands as one of the oldest scholastic journalistic organizations in the country. The group presently is headquartered in Manchester, PA and welcomes all to apply for membership. For details, visit www.paschoolpress.org.