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Texas Association of Journalism Educators

TAJE P.O. Box 5554 Austin, TX 78763-5554 Susan Duncan President 903.295.5031, ext. 265 Cindy Berry President-Elect 940.393.7231 cindy.berry@ Christine Davis Secretary Mikyela Tedder Treasurer 903.881.075 Pat Gathright Convention Director 210.325.7793 Brenda Slatton Assistant Convention Director 210.442.0300, ext. 350 Sue Jett Assistant Convention Director 210.363.5156 Sheryl Floyd Past President 512.775.3405 Dianne Smith-Harper Webmaster Rhonda Moore Executive Director 512.414.7539

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Rumscheidt named Texas High School Journalist of the Year Christian Rumscheidt of Cysaid. “It’s a 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. job but very press Falls High School in Housrewarding to know I am offering a serton was named the 2012 Texas vice to the students at my school.” High School Journalist of the Year According to Rumscheidt, he must during the awards ceremony at keep his team focused on what comes the ILPC convention April 29. next. He will receive the $1500 Bill “Our attention is always focused Taylor Memorial Scholarship. In on what comes next,” he said. “That’s addition, Rumscheidt was a finalpart of my job, to keep the team foist in the National High School cused on what’s next.” Journalist of the Year competition Rumscheidt will work for a private and received a $2000 scholarship company as a product designer folfrom JEA. lowing high school. Rumscheidt has been involved “I cannot discuss what the product in journalism all four years of high is,” he said, “but it definitely has a lot Christian Rumscheidt school and created his position of to do with digital publications.” Executive Director, someone who “makes sure that Rumscheidt said journalism is the only class at things run smoothly.” his school that has given him real-world experi“I am responsible for all of our publications, do- ence in communications. ing technical housekeeping and making sure that “That is very important to me,” he said. “The we constantly cover the events at our school,” he lifestyle is addictive, too.”

Scholarship winners announced TAJE presented college and workshop scholarships at the ILPC awards ceremony. The winners are listed below. $1000 Bobby Hawthorne Scholarship Rachel Plumley Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities $1000 DeWitt C. Reddick Memorial Scholarship Tatiana Marceleno Duncanville High School $1000 Julia Jeffress Memorial Scholarship Elizabeth Friedman Westlake High School $1000 Jim Davidson Memorial Scholarship Hannah Kunz Westlake High School

Student Workshop Scholarship Winners Monica Garcia Jersey Village High School Evie Marie Sweeten Jersey Village High School Emma White Rider High School Emma Pattison Denton High School Kristina Jingling Rouse High School Philip Morgan Alief Hastings High School Teacher Workshop Scholarship Winner Megan Ortiz Summer Creek High School


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End of year offers teachers time to reflect As the year draws to a close, I usually take time to reflect a bit in the three to four weeks between the time the yearbook finals, the last paper goes out, and the yearbook comes back to be distributed. You know, journalism is not just about the words and pictures; it is about the people who make stories happen. I am thrilled at the number of quality journalism teachers we have in the state and the influence they have to mold another generation of storytellers. Some advisers I only see once or twice a year at conventions, but I am always amazed when I see the great educators we have as Texas journalism teachers. These are people who love to produce a great publication, but more importantly, they enjoy being around teenagers and helping them grow and mature into young adults who can think critically and write fluently. The advisers I so respect come from

ATPI to host workshop for advisers June 6-9 The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors will be held June 6-9 at Allen High School. The $250 registration fee covers the workshop, all lunches, one dinner, snacks, gift bag and other fun items. All workshop participants will receive a certificate for hours earned. Participants can stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Allen. The hotel has free wireless internet access to all rooms and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. The rate at the Holiday Inn is $89/ night plus 7 percent city tax. Rooms must be reserved by May 11. Contact the Holiday Inn at 972.727.2000 or use the online form to make reservations. Tell them you are with the ATPI group. The classes to be offered include “10-Minute Newscast,” “Action Photography,” Photoshop CS5 Certification,” “WordPress Bootcamp” and “Back to the Basics.” For more information, including full class descriptions, go to

diverse backgrounds. Some teach in in a job well done. Whether our pubprivate schools, other in diverse public lications wow any judges or win any schools, but all have the same desire awards, we’ve given it our all. We’re to make their students reach for excel- confident that our student body will love our books (and hopefully buy evlence in their publications and in life. After the craziness of this April with ery copy). But whatever anyone else thinks, we are all yearbook proofs stronger for having and school trips From the President gone through the three weekends fire together. in a row, not to Susan Duncan So, as the weathmention having to Pine Tree High School er warms and the move classrooms TAJE President pool beckons, take from one end of a moment to rethe campus to the other, it was nice to sit with one of my flect on the progress your students future editors today and just talk about have made and the lessons you have hopes and dreams and life. Those are learned as an adviser. Rejoice in beprobably some of my most cherished ing a teacher who goes the extra mile moments—reconnecting with students and cares about the students as much as the publication. Enjoy the summer after a demanding deadline season. I am weary, but it is with the knowl- break and return rejuvenated, ready to edge that we’ve made it through an- train a few more journalists and love other year, another yearbook, another a whole bunch of them. It’s what you season of newspapers. It’s the pleasure do best.

Dow Jones News Fund accepting applications for Teacher of the Year The Dow Jones News Fund will select one National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, four Distinguished Advisers and several Special Recognition Advisers based on their work during the 2011-12 school year. Those wishing to apply must have at least three years experience and been honored as lifetime achievement, state or regional winners by local, state and regional groups. The winning teacher receives a plaque, a pin and addresses journalism educators and professional journalists. The teacher attends a seminar at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and receives a subscription to The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. In addition, a graduating senior will win a $1000 scholarship. Added benefits include expense-

paid travel, a newsroom laptop computer, a column in Adviser Update and a district substitute teacher per diem. Distinguished Advisers win $500 scholarships for seniors and The Classroom Edition. Special Recognition Advisers receive plaques and The Classroom Edition. Winning teachers will be guests of the Fund at the Advisers’ Luncheon during the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio on Nov. 17. Application packages must be postmarked by July 1 to Dow Jones News Fund, Inc., PO Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543. Nomination forms can be found at Programs at

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A year to remember After finding success this year, adviser looks forward to what San Antonio convention will bring Giant stuffed banana. Mr. Spock right. I got married this year, as if I bobble-head. Canary whistle. Bop could forget. We blew up two four-foot It. Tetris Cube. The Alaska state flag. photos of John and me holding hands and playing kissy face to hang up at Trout stapler. Every year I pack these items in a the wedding, and as neither John nor box and bring them home for the sum- I were egomaniacal enough to hang them anywhere in mer. Well, for the State Director’s Report the house. I chose to next few years I’m bring them both to going to pack up Alyssa Boehringer school and make my my entire classMcKinney High School students sick. My room since they’re TAJE State Director plan worked and I gutting McKinney High School to make way for new was able to enjoy my giant photos after growth – including a new television all. studio by the fall of 2013 (happiness). An elevated sense of enthusiasm But this year in particular, I’ll have to box up some new items I’ve acquired, for the coming year and anticipation for the JEA/NSPA convention in San some of which I’d like to share. Antonio, which I know will be the best convention ever atFirst, a Canon 5D tended by any student or Mark II – a welcome teacher of journalism that addition to any photo has ever lived – I can’t help or video classroom. I’m eager for all it. I’m eager for all those This camera revoluthose scholastic scholastic journalism peotionized the way our to come to Texas. Why? video looks, especially journalism people ple Texas rules, obviously. We while shooting in low have a network of innovalight. And yes, this was to come to Texas. tive teachers who admire the first year we’ve Why? Texas rules, and support each other. produced our broadThere are too many legendcast packages using all obviously. ary teachers here to name. DSLR cameras instead Our students win too many of camcorders (Shoot awards to count. We know me an email if you’d like more information about this. High- how to throw a good party – I mean proly recommend.) I love it and I’m going vide a nurturing learning environment for our students. We have queso. I mean, to take it to Alaska with me in July. the list goes on. We value scholastic journalism like no Two Pacemakers and one Best of Show trophy – Recognized for the other state. And that’s why I’m so lucky to be broadcast, MHS1, in Minneapolis and the DVD yearbook in Seattle, I’ll be state director in Texas. So as you pack up for the school taking home some hardware. Not a bad year. I’m so proud of my students year, think about what you’re bringand all they’ve accomplished, but more ing home with you and what you’ll be than anything, I can’t wait to see what bringing back next year. And go ahead make plans to have queso with me in these new kids can do. San Antonio this November. It’s gonna Engagement portraits – Oh, that’s be good.


TAJE names Herrington Administrator of the Year Stewart Herrington of McKinney High School was named TAJE Administrator of the Year during the awards ceremony at the ILPC convention April 29. TAJE received letters of nomination from both McKinney advisers, Lori Oglesbee and Alyssa Boehringer, as well as MH1 producer Matt Farmer. Oglesbee said Herrington never once in his five years as principal infringed upon the students’ First Amendment rights. “He knows that information is better than misinformation,” she added. Broadcast adviser Alyssa Boehringer also praised Herrington, saying he supports students academically and in every other aspect of their high school lives. “He’s answered tough questions when my broadcasting kids asked them,” Boehringer said. “He’s always given honest and forthright answers to their questions and never once dodged an interview with a student covering a controversial topic.” Both Oglesbee and Boehringer said Herrington fully supported the journalism staff when they needed new equipment, as did Farmer. “Without him, the past four years wouldn’t have been the fantastic experience that my class will hold in their hearts for the rest of their lives,” Farmer said. “Without him, my fellow journalist classmates and me would never have been able to thrive.”


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Regional representatives to meet with Board 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. Each TAJE region represents two regional service center areas. The representatives and their e-mail addresses are as follows:

1 (ESC 16 & 17)

Region III Corey Hale Lewisville HS

(ESC 10 & 11)

5 6


(ESC 7 & 8)



(ESC 18 & 19)

(ESC 5 & 6)


(ESC 3 & 4)

10 (ESC 1 & 2)

1098 W. Main St. Lewisville 75067 469.948.3361 Region IV Charla Harris Pleasant Grove HS 5406 McKnight Rd. Texarkana 75503 903.832.8005

Short items Date set for 2013 TAJE convention After a really Hot Time in San Antonio when we host the 2012 JEA/NSPA Convention, the TAJE Fall Fiesta will return to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oct. 19-21, 2013. Room rates will remain the same at $150 per night, but we will have more rooms to spread out for sessions, on-

Region X Kelsey Martin Memorial HS 101 E. Hackberry McAllen 78501 956.632.5240

Region V Alex Seufert Coronado HS 100 Champions Pl. El Paso 79912 915.834.2460 Region VI No representative

site critiques, Breakfast with a Pro, onsite contests and more. So mark you calendar now for Oct. 19-21, 2013.

Time to renew membership Invoices for TAJE membership for the 2012-13 school year have been mailed. Members should check the invoice to see when their membership expires. Those who do not need to renew TAJE

Region VIII No representative Region IX Ed Larsen Cinco Ranch HS 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy 77494 281.237.5054

(ESC 12&13)

(ESC 15 & 20)

Region I Laura Smith Canyon HS 1701 23rd St. Canyon 79015 806.677.2740 Region II Mary Beth Lee Rider HS 4611 Cypress Wichita Falls 76310 940.720.3019


2 (ESC 9 & 14)

Region VII Michael Reeves Akins HS 10701 S. 1st St. Austin 78748 512.841.9765

Regional representatives will meet with the Executive Board in July. Members with questions or concerns for the Board should contact their regional representative by June 15.

membership this year may use the invoice to join JEA, ATPI, PIEA 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.

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 website at

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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 5, 2012. 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 5, 2012. 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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May 2012 Upfront  

newsletter of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators