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Lori Herbst President 972-539-1591, ext. 141 Sheryl Floyd President-Elect 512-594-0500 Lisa Van Etta Secretary 281-856-1071 Cindy Berry Treasurer 940-627-6495 cindy.berry@ Susan Duncan State Director 903-295-5031, ext. 265 Pat Gathright Convention Director 210-325-7793 pgathright@ Brenda Slatton Assistant Convention Director 210-442-0300, ext. 350 Sue Jett Assistant Convention Director 210-442-0800, ext. 262 Peggy Miller Past President 281-498-8110, ext. 2460 Peggy.Miller@ Rhonda Moore Executive Director 512-414-7539

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Cypress Falls’ Popelsky named High School Journalist of the Year “After mastering photography she began Kendall Popelsky of Cypress Falls High School was named the Texas High School Jour- to volunteer for other assignments,” Van Etta nalist of the Year at the ILPC awards convention said. “She extended her caption writing skills to include column and feature writing. Kendall April 19 in Austin. was soon completing double page spreads in “The judges chose Kendall because her portfolio demonstrates a variety of skills the yearbook and photo essays for the newspawhich make her a multi-faceted journalist,” per.” According to Van Etta, PopelTAJE State Director Susan sky has a strong sense of ethics. Duncan said. “She has “With a lack of ethics so precompiled superior quality dominant in today’s professionwork over an extended peKendall has all the al journalists, young journalists riod of time, and her entry such as Kendall are needed to shows amazing depth for traits needed to be a journalism as a rea high school journalist.” successful 21st Cen- reestablish spected and honored career,” Popelsky was the editor tury journalist. She Van Etta said, “diminishing the of the online newspaper label of tabloid and biased reher senior year. She has can take the photos, porting associated with the rebeen a member of the pubdesign the layout and porting of news today.” lications staffs at Cy-Falls Duncan said the JOY judges for four years. write the story for any were impressed with Popelsky’s “I extended an invitapublication. eye for detail. tion to Kendall based on Lisa Van Etta “The panel was impressed her application to join Cy-Falls adviser with her technical sophistication my publication staffs her as a photographer, her engagfreshman year as an ining abilities as a writer, her cutexperienced and untried ting edge layout design and the photographer,” adviser Lisa Van Etta said. “Not having met Kendall, I depth of the work presented,” Duncan said. Popelsky was named one of the top five fiwas pleasantly surprised when she showed up for the first day of the summer workshop, en- nalists for National High School Journalist of thusiastic and eager to learn how to be a pho- the Year at the JEA/NSPA convention in Phoetographer. It didn’t take her long. The results nix in April. “Kendall has all the traits needed to be a sucof her first day shooting in a variety of lighting cessful 21st Century journalist,” Van Etta said. situations showed great promise.” Popelsky was soon doing more than just “She can take the photos, design the layout and write the story for any publication.” photography for the publications.

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Herbst’s hurrah

Name a nominee

4-year president signs off -page 2

Nominate a deserving Trailblazer/Friend -pages 6-7

Workshop winners

Find a workshop for you, your students -pages 4-5


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TAJE teaches more than journalism When I meet journalism teachers who are not Riverwalk. members of TAJE, I admit that I am a little sad- • …to check in as early as possible to the convendened for them. I didn’t discover TAJE until I tion hotels. had been an adviser for about five years, and I • … that just smelling Peggy Miller’s cooking remember clearly how much more difficult and can make me gain 5 pounds. • … that no matter how smart and well-behaved lonely the job was in those early years. my students seem to This is my 15th column for the From the President be, they are still teennewsletter, and I imagine I’ve menagers and will abuse tioned the benefits of membership Lori Herbst my trust from time to in TAJE in at least 13 of them—that’s Marcus High School time. how passionate I am about joining. TAJE President • … that I always But for this, my last column, I wish to forgive them, even reminisce on some of the things I’ve though I never forget. learned that I really never expected to know. As a result of my time • …that Mark Murray can fix almost anything. as a TAJE member, I have • … how supportive people in this business are, and how much it means in hard times to have learned… • …how to successfully people who care about you. squeeze “just one more per- • …how hard I can laugh. Thank you so much son” onto an elevator—and • … the true limits of my patience. for your support how to tune out the incessant • …to give Susan Duncan the date of the retreat these past four years alarm that inevitably goes off more than once. • … that journalism teachers really need air conwhen you do that. that I have served • …which member of the ditioning. as president of this TAJE board snores the loud- • … how many advisers are willing to pitch in est. (Hint: It’s the one who and help when something goes wrong at conventerrific group. It has always miraculously ends up tion. been my privilege to • … that after 21 years as an adviser, I still have so with her own room!) work with you and to • …how to use the bathroom much to learn and there are so many of you out get to know so many from the side of a car (thanks, there to teach me—in sessions, keynote speeches, listserv posts, etc. Jeanne). of you. • …how to use the bathroom • … that there is no better group of colleagues on a charter bus that is ca- out there than journalism teachers. You people reening down a pothole-laced are unique, weird, fun, smart, compassionate, independent, hilarious, loyal, brave and, best of highway at 70 mph. • …just how much one person can physically all, my friends. Thank you so much for your support these do. (That would be Rhonda Moore, and though I have only seen her reach her limit once or twice, past four years that I have served as president of this terrific group. You have volunteered, judged, you’ll know when she has!) • …what it feels like to ride in a police car. (Thanks critiqued, served on committees, run for office— to some of my students at the 2007 convention, done whatever you could to make this group who were caught climbing a fire escape to the top a support system for all of us. It has been my privilege to work with you and to get to know of City Hall. Ah, the memories….) • …how to room check 12 hotel rooms in 12 min- so many of you. I know that you will give the new president, utes flat. • … where to look to get tons of resources— Sheryl Floyd, an equal amount of help and support. She is going to be an absolutely awesome namely, the TAJE Web site. • …that Dianne Smith is not only a top-notch president, and in a few months you’ll be wonderwebmaster but also TAJE’s First Amendment ex- ing how you tolerated the likes of me for so long. I look forward to her leadership. pert. Hasta la vista! • …where to find the best food on the

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May was not meant for deadlines Spring delivery yearbooks make end of year less stressful For those still working on the weeks when the students’ only desire is last newspaper or a summer or fall to be outside the school doors enjoying delivery yearbook, surviving May the gorgeous weather and spending their means getting students to finish as- last few days with high school friends. signments when all anyone wants With that realization, I began workto do is laze around the house or the ing to get my administrators to approve pool with family the change to spring and friends. delivery for the next State Director’s Report I don’t know that year. It made so much I have any great admore sense to have Susan Duncan vice for late deadmajor deadlines in Pine Tree High School line advisers other the winter months TAJE State Director than I hope you got while the staff memyour bluff in early bers’ brains were still because if your students are like in gear and their bodies were still in the mine, they already have one foot in building. vacationland. It helped that my school had proI try, if at all possible, to avoid criti- duced spring delivery books a couple of cal deadlines in May. My school went decades ago when many of the current to a spring delivery book several parents were students themselves. They years ago, and I have to admit I don’t were used to getting their yearbooks in mind the month of May anymore. May and were excited to go back to an For many years, I struggled through early delivery date. fall delivery deadlines, and my staffs Since the change was made, I haven’t have finaled as late as early July. looked back. November through March I resented spending so much of is hectic, but I can enjoy the end of school my summer trying to get kids to AND summer vacation. finish assignments that were due at Now, the hardest thing about May least a month earlier. I hated my col- is finding enough assignments to keep leagues who were getting everything the children busy. Our latest project is wrapped up in May and planning creating online photo books, calendars, ahead for the fall. Their lives were cookbooks, etc. through sites such as slowing down while I was trying to Shutterfly or Lulu. The staff members are make everyone around me speed up creating portfolios of their work or perto get pages finished faster before the sonal scrapbooks from photos they have staffers and their sources vanished taken. I grade them online, and then the the week after graduation. students can get their parents to actually The event that really made my purchase the books if they desire. decision for me occurred when I We’ve also done some fun projects attended a TAJE summer retreat with PowerPoint, Photoshop and Illusseveral years back. Then-president trator to fill the days until the books arPeggy Miller spent the afternoon rive. What we haven’t done is miss May telling everyone that she was already deadlines. It’s 3:15 on a Friday afternoon, bored and talking about all the things and I’m walking out the door. she had accomplished in the month Thanks, Peggy, for opening my eyes of June. “That’s it,” I thought. “I’ve to the wonders of spring delivery and had enough.” congratulations on your retirement I decided it is just plain crazy to and that final trek out of the yearbook plan major deadlines for the final six room.


Time to renew membership Invoices for TAJE membership for the 2009-10 school year have been mailed. Members should check the invoice to see when their membership expires. Those who do not need to renew TAJE membership this year may use the invoice to join JEA, ATPI or SIPA. Members who need to join JEA may do so through TAJE. TAJE receives a rebate from JEA for each member who joins JEA through TAJE.

Dates set for 2009 convention The 2009 Fall Fiesta convention will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. Speaker forms are on the Web site. Members are urged to sign up to present a session at the convention. Please note: The deadline dates are incorrect on the hard copy of the convention flier. The correct dates are on the flier that is on the Web site. The earlybird deadline and the hotel deadline are Sept. 18.

Clip contest winners announced Certificates for clip contest winners were mailed to schools in February. A complete list of winners can be found on the TAJE Web site at


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Vacation? What vacation? Summertime means workshop time

With summer vacation just around the corner, many advisers will be looking for workshops for their students. Two of the biggest in the state are ILPC and the Gloria Shields AllAmerican Workshop, Information for these workshops is as follows:

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Gloria Shields All-American Workshop July 5-9 Dallas Marriott Quorum Hotel E-mail: gloriashields@ Yearbook companies also host workshops. If you need a workshop other than the two listed, contact your yearbook representative.

ILPC June 26-29 UT Austin Contact Jeanne Acton at

Regional representatives plan workshops for next year Regional workshops are planned for members in August and September. Workshops will include lunch, and participants will receive a certificate for inservice credit. For more information, contact your regional representative. The representatives and their e-mail addresses are as follows: Region I Laura Smith Canyon HS 1701 23rd St. Canyon 79015 806.677.2740 Region II Mary Beth Lee SH Rider HS 4611 Cypress Wichita Falls 76310 940.720.3019 - School 940-232-1589 - Home Region III Mikyela Tedder


I Amarillo

Lubbock El Paso



Wichita Falls


Ft Worth Dallas


Waco Odessa/Midland




Beaumont Houston

San Antonio


Corpus Christi


Lindale HS P.O. Box 370 Lindale 75771 903.882.6138 - School 903.534.5495 - Home Region IV Pat Monroe Burges HS 7800 Edgemere El Paso 79925

915.780.1100 ext. 6203 - School 915.822.2513 - Home Region V Christine Keyser-Fanick John Paul Stevens HS 600 N. Ellison Dr. San Antonio 78251 210.397.6450 - School 210.681.6819 - Home

Region VI Laura Negri Alief Kerr HS 8150 Howell Sugarland Rd. Houston 77083 281.983.8484 ext. 267- School 832.379.9924 - Home laura.k.negri Region VII Dina Wilson BETA 510 S. Sugar Rd. Edinburg 78539 956-318-8589 Regional representatives will meet with the Executive Board at the beginning of July. Members with questions or concerns for the Board should contact their regional representative byMay 31.

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Margaret Davis named Administrator of the Year

Superintendent Margaret Davis of asked us to cut a story.” Pleasant Grove ISD was named the Harris said Davis also provided 2009 Administrator of funding for her the Year at the ILPC program. awards ceremony “I am certain Because of her April 19 in Austin. that my students In her letter of would not have visible and vocal nomination, Pleasant achieved their pride in our program, Grove adviser Charla very high level of the district and Harris said Davis has success over the always been supportyears without her community view my ive of the journalism support,” Harris students’ work with program. said. that same pride. “From the beginBecause of DaCharla Harris vis’ support, Harris ning, she was interPleasant Grove adviser said, her program ested in the journalism program and has not had to face the opportunities it controversy. would provide PG “Because of her students,” Harris said. “During her visible and vocal pride in our protenure as superintendent, shes never gram,” Harris said, “the district and even suggested that principals per- community view my students’ work form prior review, and she’s never with that same pride.”

ATPI to host summer workshop for advisers July 15-18 in Commerce The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors will be held July 15-18 at Texas A&M University in Commerce. The $250 registration fee covers the workshop, all lunches, dinner on Wednesday and Friday evenings and other fun items. Teachers who have attended the Summer Workshop in the past who bring one new person with them this year can register both individuals for $200 each. All workshop participants will receive a certificate for hours earned. Participants can stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Commerce, less than five minutes from the campus. The hotel has free wireless internet access to all

of the rooms. The rate at the Holiday Inn is $79/night (single or double) plus 7 percent city tax. Make sure you bring your state sales tax exemption form in order not to pay the 6 percent state tax. Rooms must be reserved by July 6 with a credit card. Contact the Holiday Inn at 1-903-8864777 to make reservations. The classes to be offered include Sports Photography, Digital Video, Digital Processes and Visual Communication. For more information, including full class descriptions, go to Workshop supporters include Olympus America (John Knaur), the Photo Imaging Education Association and Stan Godwin Photography.


TAJE scholarships presented in April TAJE presented the following scholarships at the ILPC convention in Austin April 20: Kendall Popelsky Cypress Falls HS $1,500 Bill Taylor Memorial Scholarship Chelsea Ruffino Cypress Falls HS $1,000 Bobby Hawthorne Scholarship Stephanie Doan Marcus HS $1,000 Jim Davidson Memorial Scholarship Emily Judd McKinney HS $1,000 DeWitt C. Reddick Memorial Scholarship Kelley Peterson Decatur HS $1,000 Julia Jeffress Memorial Scholarship Summer workshop scholarships: Sonia Acosta Rachel Nguyen Alief Hastings HS Kimber Morris Rowlett HS Monique Moreno Sierra Flores Morton Ranch HS Hayley Munguia Pflugerville HS Teacher workshop scholarship: Brenda Marafioto Krueger MS


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Trailblazer Award Nomination Form Purpose: To recognize individuals/staffs whose initial risk-taking efforts and subsequent experiences (whether wholly successful or not) to expand the scope and capability of Texas scholastic journalism benefit others who follow their lead. Eligibility: Those who endeavor to “push the envelope” of conventional scholastic journalism to new venues or methods. Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2009. Mail nomination forms to: Rhonda Moore TAJE P.O. Box 5554 Austin, TX 78763-5554 Name of Nominee: School: Please explain this individual’s contributions to the field of journalism on a separate sheet of paper. Include examples of how he/she has helped to improve scholastic journalism in Texas and how these improvements have benefitted others. Attach this form and send both to the TAJE address.

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Friend of Journalism Award Nomination Form Purpose: To note outstanding contributions to scholastic journalism by persons/organizations not directly involved in the daily instructional process (i.e., outside the classroom). Eligibility: Those whose instruction, service and/or assistance, financial sponsorship or personal dedication and advocacy toward the betterment of scholastic journalism in Texas deserves recognition. Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2009. Mail nomination forms to: Rhonda Moore TAJE P.O. Box 5554 Austin, TX 78763-5554 Name of Nominee: Business/Organization: Please explain the contributions of this individual/organization to scholastic journalism on a separate sheet of paper. Attach this form and send both to the TAJE address.

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