Student journalists attend Mizzou J-Day

Keynote speaker John Beaudoin, KC Communications and Media Matters president, speaks about maintaining objectivity and integrity in journalism. Photo by Ashli Wagner

Journalism, ECHO newspaper staffers and ECHO yearbook staffers attended Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Day at Mizzou on March 29, with about 1,300 journalism students from across the state attend this event.

The keynote speaker was John Beaudoin, KC Communications and Media Matters president, who spoke about the importance of maintaining objectivity and integrity as journalists.

Following this students were able to participate in breakout sessions covering topics like feature writing, sports photography, drone reporting and over 30 others.

MIPA awarded the ECHO’s online publication the All Missouri rating (its highest) and the ECHO’s print version an excellent rating.

Four ECHO entries earned individual All-Missouri ratings: senior Andy Kimball for his news story “District extends programs for VICC, Riverview students,” junior Ashli Wagner for her news photo “Annual Martin Luther King community march celebrates 22nd year,” sophomore Cole Schnell for his news photo “Alumni lead ‘Black Friday’ march on Lockwood” and junior Riley Mullgardt for her sports action photo “Cheerleading captain.”

Four ECHO entries earned superior ratings: junior Caroline Fellows for her op-ed “Futuristic movie disappoints, presents questionable morals,” Kimball and senior Bennett Durando for their online sports package “Webster survives three-point blitz, takes down Iowa’s top-ranked team,” junior Page Kimzey for her photo of the year “During Acquatic Ecology, campers search the creek to find insects” and Kimball for his sports reaction photo “Junior Carte’Are Gordon celebrates.”

Five ECHO entries earned individual excellent ratings: junior Jake Collins for his news story “Middle school Spanish teacher arrested for promoting prostitution” and his op-ed “Student rights, clubs need protection,” senior Caleb Bolin for his op-ed “Student journalists should be credentialed for debates,” Wagner for her online feature package “Freshman performs at Muny, on Broadway,” and Fellows, Wagner and Kimball for their online feature package “Slideshow: Annual Martin Luther King community march celebrates 22nd year.”

Eleven ECHO entries earned individual honorable mention ratings: sophomore Evelyn Trampe for broadcast news feature “Dewey’s Pizza,” freshman Nora Baumgart-Miller and sophomore Eleanor Marshall for their broadcast news feature “Election 2016,” Durando, Bolin and Collins for their feature story “R.I.P George: The life and death of WGSD ‘teacher’ network,” Durando for his op-ed “Stateswomen remind us sports are about more than sports,” Schnell for his academic photo “Student wins award at Lindenwood art show,” Kimball for his news photo “Women’s march cover photo,” his sports action photo “Sophomore Carte’are Gordon goes for a dunk” and his sports action photo “Senior Michael Greaves swims,” Alexicia Moore for her broadcast news feature “Mermaid Drama,” and Josie Krueger, Sean Mullins and Rosa Parks for their broadcast news feature “Students discuss holiday choices” and Wagner for her sports action photo “Senior Donovan Daniels runs for end zone.”

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