Best of Show honor to The Volante stands

On Oct. 30, the editor of The Volante, the student newspaper at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, published a note to readers revealing that questionable sources arose in multiple articles written by a now-former Volante reporter.

Editor Megan Card wrote that over the course of nine months, the now former staff member wrote six articles with as many as 10 student sources that have yet to be verified for their existence. While the writer denies fabricating sources, verifications could not be made and he was terminated on Oct. 28.

The Volante received a “Best of Show” award last week from the Associated Collegiate Press at the National College Media Convention in New Orleans.

As ACP became aware of this issue, we immediately checked our records to see if any issues of The Volante submitted for the contest matched those in which the stories in question were published.

The issues of The Volante submitted and judged did not contain any of the stories in question. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that the Best of Show award to The Volante stands.

ACP Statement on Future Conventions

The Board of Directors of the Associated Collegiate Press is committed to provide quality support to student media organizations and advisers, and will continue to do so at its conventions for years to come. While the board is disappointed that the College Media Association has moved to formally sever ties after 2015, it looks forward to producing conventions in concert with CMA in 2014 in Philadelphia, and in 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Starting in fall 2016, a robust ACP fall convention will feature relevant and targeted program sessions, the Pacemaker Awards and opportunities for attendees to connect with exhibitors.

With transparency and financial accountability, ACP is steadfast in its mission to serve student media and advisers, introduce new ideas and reinforce best practices, reward excellence, embrace diversity, and provide ample networking and partnership opportunities.

NSPA Elects Three New Board Members

The National Scholastic Press Association has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. They are:

Ron Johnson: Mr. Johnson is director of student media at Indiana University. He is past president of the College Media Association, the Western Association of University Publications Managers and Kansas Associated Collegiate Press. He taught and directed student media at Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Valerie Kibler: Ms. Kibler just finished her 25th year of teaching; for 15 of those years she has been at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia. She teaches advanced placement English Language with an Intensive Journalistic Writing focus, freshman journalism, and Journalism in the Digital Age for the online Virtual High School. She is the 2010 Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. A 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, she is currently working toward a master’s degree in journalism education from Kent State University.

Sara Quinn: Ms. Quinn is on faculty at the Poynter Institute, specializing in multimedia innovation and news reading behaviors. She also directs Poynter’s College Fellowship. Quinn has conducted eyetracking research on print, online and mobile news technologies, and leads workshops on multimedia storytelling and news reading. Previously she was a designer, art director and assistant managing editor for visuals at newspapers in Kansas and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University.

The three join current board members Peter Bobkowski, Tim Dorway, Laura York Guy, Monica Hill, Chris Ison, Seth Lewis, and Ann Visser. Board president is Al Tims, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

“NSPA has built a very strong board that includes some of the most distinguished scholastic and collegiate journalism leaders in the nation,” Tims said. “Ron, Valerie and Sara will help provide leadership that will assure NSPA will continue as a leader in this field for many years to come.”


The National Scholastic Press Association is a 92-year-old non-profit educational association that provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States. In addition to its original mission serving high school journalism, its Associated Collegiate Press division serves college, university and professional and technical school media. Student media in its headquarters state are organized under the Minnesota High School Press Association.

Diana Mitsu Klos named NSPA Executive Director

National Scholastic Press Association
Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 17, 2013

The National Scholastic Press Association board of directors has named Diana Mitsu Klos as its executive director. The appointment is effective immediately, and she will be full-time director as of Nov. 1.

Ms. Klos, a media education and nonprofits consultant based in northern Virginia, was a senior staff member at the American Society of News Editors from 1996 to 2012. At ASNE, she developed and secured grant funding for the High School Journalism Institute and the education and online hosting services hsj.org and my.hsj.org.  Previously she was staff writer, city editor and managing editor at daily newspapers in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. She also has served on the board of NSPA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from City College of New York.

The first woman executive director of NSPA in its 92-year history, Ms. Klos will lead a national organization that supports scholastic journalism at middle school, high school and college levels. The association provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States.

NSPA Board President Al Tims said of Ms. Klos’ appointment: “We are delighted to have found a journalism leader of Diana’s national stature to lead our organization. This is a time of dynamic change for journalism organizations of all kinds. Diana is the right person to help us reach and serve ever more young journalists and their advisers, throughout the nation.”

In addition to its original mission, dating back to 1921, of serving high school journalism, NSPA’s Associated Collegiate Press division serves college, university, and professional and technical school media. Student media in its headquarters state are organized under the Minnesota High School Press Association.

NSPA and its divisions operate eight conventions and workshops each year. The association also conducts contest and critique programs that define the highest standards of scholastic and college journalism and recognize those who meet them. NSPA also is a leading advocate for First Amendment and free press issues as they pertain to school journalism.

In serving scholastic and college journalism, NSPA works very closely with two partner organizations: the Journalism Education Association based in Manhattan, Kan., and College Media Association, based in Nashville, Tenn.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., NSPA has long and close ties to the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

NSPA Announces Finalists for Executive Director Position

The National Scholastic Press Association board of directors voted to approve a slate of four exceptional finalists for executive director at its annual meeting in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 28th.  Onsite interviews begin this week.

The finalists:

Ron Johnson is director of student media at Indiana University. He is past president of College Media Association, the Western Association of University Publications Managers and Kansas Associated Collegiate Press. Johnson taught and directed student media at Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Diana Mitsu Klos is a media education and nonprofits consultant based in northern Virginia. As senior project director at the American Society of News Editors, she developed and secured grant funding for the High School Journalism Institute and the online hosting services hsj.org and my.hsj.org. Before her work at ASNE, she was staff writer, city editor and managing editor at daily newspapers in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the City College of New York.

Ira David Levy is the creator, executive producer and host of Pedal America, a national PBS and Create TV television series. He taught and advised student media at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, and served on the board of directors of College Media Association. Levy began his journalism career in broadcasting at local television news stations in New York, and at CNN in Atlanta. He holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University.

Sara Quinn is on faculty at the Poynter Institute, specializing in multimedia innovation and news reading behaviors. She also directs Poynter’s College Fellowship. Quinn has conducted eyetracking research on print, online, and mobile news technologies, and leads workshops on multimedia storytelling and news reading. Before coming to Poynter, Quinn was a designer, art director and assistant managing editor for visuals at newspapers in Kansas and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University.

Disclosure: One of the finalists, Ms. Mitsu Klos, resigned from the NSPA board upon being named a finalist, and had recused herself from all matters related to the search at the point of her candidacy.

The National Scholastic Press Association is a 92-year-old non-profit educational association that provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States. In addition to its original mission serving high school journalism, its Associated Collegiate Press division serves college, university and professional and technical school media. Student media in its headquarters state are organized under the Minnesota High School Press Association.

Newspaper and Magazine Pacemaker Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the last of the finalists in the 2013 Awards Week.

The Magazine Pacemaker awards recognize general excellence in collegiate magazines and are divided into two categories: Feature and Literary magazines. This year, the Feature magazines were judged by The Atlantic, and the Literary magazines were judged by Milkweed Editions.

View the list of Magazine Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content: Was there evidence of diversity in content and approach? Was the content innovative and contemporary?
  • Quality of writing and editing: Was there evidence that the authors were well-read, creative, original and aware of the audience? Was the writing almost or completely free of grammatical and spelling errors?
  • Photography, art and graphics: Did the photos have strong centers of interest, sharp focus and proper contrast? Was a variety of artwork and graphics represented?
  • Layout and design: Did the design accentuate rather than dominate the content? If color was used, did it appropriately enhance the layout? Was overall design unity evident?
  • Overall concept or theme: Was the theme clear and carried throughout the publication? Was the concept fresh and engaging?

The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 86 years. The 2013 Newspaper Pacemaker contest was possible because of a generous donation of time and expertise by the staff of The Miami Herald, who judged this year’s entries.

View the list of Newspaper Pacemaker finalists

Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Coverage and content: Were all aspects of student life covered (academics/sports/clubs/local news, etc.)? Was the use of wire/syndicated copy limited (especially on pg. 1)? Was there evidence of sound news judgment?
  • Quality of writing and reporting: Was the writing concise and the reporting thorough? Was writing free of opinion (with the exception of editorials or columns)? Was the copy edited for consistent style?
  • Leadership on the opinion page: Did staff editorials, cartoons and letters supplement personal columns? Did the staff demonstrate sensitivity to controversial topics? Was the content of the editorial page consequential?
  • Evidence of in-depth reporting: Did major stories show evidence of multiple sources? Are series or depth pieces prominent in entered issues?
  • Layout and design: Was the look of the paper clean and contemporary? Was a consistent modular page makeup used throughout the publication? Did designers establish a clear visual hierarchy for readers?
  • Photography, art and graphics: Did visuals enhance the verbal content and draw the reader in? Did visuals improve the reader’s understanding of the accompanying story? Were photos properly credited? Was the quality of photos and art technically excellent?

Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

Story, Multimedia Story and Reporter of the Year Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce three more categories of the 2013 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Reporter of the Year contest recognizes individuals for outstanding writing and editorial leadership. The contest is sponsored by McClatchy-Tribune Information. Entries consist of three single news or feature stories published in a college newspaper during the competition year. Winners receive cash prizes when announced at the fall convention.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Finalist selections are based on the significance and news worthiness of the stories, the quality and depth of reporting, the quality of quotes and the quality of writing, editing/AP style usage.

The Print Story of the Year contest is sponsored by the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Entries in the Story of the Year contest consist of a single story in one of the following categories: News, Feature, Sports, Editorial and Diversity. The entries are judged based on the importance of the story, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and editing and credibility and leadership.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

The Multimedia Story of the Year contest is also sponsored by the Deadline Club. Entries are accepted in the following categories: Multimedia News Multimedia Feature, Multimedia Sports and Photo Slideshow. All entries were accepted online. Entries are judged based on innovation in the use of multimedia, including audio, video, slide shows and graphics, technical quality of multimedia elements, respect of copyright laws, quality of reporting and quotes, quality of writing and reader/viewer impact.

View the list of finalists with links to entered stories

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans. Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Design of the Year and Advertising Award Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce two more categories of the 2013 Individual Awards. Each day this week, ACP is announcing the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The Design of the Year awards are co-sponsored by Adobe Systems and were accepted through online submission. Entries were accepted in the following categories: Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover, Illustration, Infographic, Newspaper Page One, Newspaper Page/Spread and Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread. The contest yielded over 500 entries. The first place winner in each category will receive complimentary software from Adobe.

View the list of Design of the Year finalists

Judges selected finalists based on the effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography; established visual hierarchy; news judgment for Newspaper Page One; contemporary appeal and suitability for respective audience.

The Advertising Awards entries were accepted in the following categories: Display Ad, House Ad, Ad Campaign, Advertising/Editorial Supplement and Brochure/Rate Card. There were over 200 total entries. The contest was judged by DDB Worldwide.

 View the list of Advertising Awards finalists

Advertising entries were judged based on contemporary appeal; effective use of photos, art, graphics, typography and color (if applicable) and suitability for respective audiences.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans.  Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Cartooning and Photo Excellence Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists in the first two Individual Awards of the 2013 ACP Awards Week. Each day this week, ACP will announce the finalists for one or more of the 2013 Individual Awards and Pacemaker contests.

The 2013 Cartooning and Photo Excellence Awards were accepted through online submission. The Photo Excellence contest is co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and honors student photographers in five categories: General News, Spot News, Feature, Sports and Environmental Portrait. Entries are judged based on technical quality, artistic value and journalistic content. There were over 800 entries this year.

View the list of Photo Excellence finalists

The Cartooning Awards contest is co-sponsored by Universal Uclick and honors cartoonists in two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Cartoon Panel/Strip. Entries are judged based on reader impact, community importance, artistic quality and originality and clarity of message. There were over 150 entries this year.

View the list of Cartooning finalists

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Comments from all judging teams will be published on the ACP website after winners are announced in New Orleans.

Please contact Grace Christiansen, ACP Contest and Critique Coordinator, with questions at contests@studentpress.org.

ACP Board Member Wins Dave Adams Educator Award

ACP is proud to report that board member Monica Hill received the David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year Award for her exceptional contributions to the field of scholastic journalism at the AEJMC conference in Washington D.C. on August 9th, 2013.

The David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year Award is given annually during AEJMC’s summer convention to recognize a deserving division member for his/her outstanding performance in the college/university classroom and in scholastic journalism workshops and conferences.

Fellow ACP board member Peter Bobkowski had this to say about Hill’s leadership role in the realm of journalism education:

“Colleagues from across the country seek Monica’s input and engagement for the unique attributes she brings to their organizations: level-headedness, an unflagging work ethic, Southern-style diplomacy, and an intimate knowledge of the issues facing journalism students and advisers,” said Peter Bobkowski, assistant professor at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism who worked as Hill’s graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006.  “Monica may not say much during board and committee meetings but when she does speak, people listen.”

For more on Hill’s impressive contributions, visit the First Amendment Blog by clicking here.