Jackie Engel Award nomination form

Know of a journalism adviser who’s heavily active in conferences or contest judging? Is he or she a staunch supporter of First Amendment rights? Fill out this year’s Jackie Engel Award nomination form now. The winner of the 2017 award will be announced at our spring conference in Wichita.

Download: jackie-engel-2017-nomination-form

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2016 Spring Conference Schedule

The 2016 spring conference will be held April 7-8 in Wichita. You can now download a pdf of the conference schedule. More information will be forthcoming.

Conference Schedule 2016 (pdf)

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Reminder — 2016 conference dates

As a reminder to the general membership, the dates for the 2016 KCM conference are Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8. The location of the conference  (the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita) will be unchanged from last year. Contest entries should be postmarked by this Wednesday, Feb. 10. Contest forms available at https://kansasmedia.wordpress.com/contest/forms/


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Contest Forms Now Available

Contest entry forms for the 2016 competition can be found under the Contest and Awards menu link (click on *Forms).  Remember that contest entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.  If you have questions, contact the coordinator for your division, or the contest coordinator, Kevin Page.

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Stacy Sparks to be inducted into College Media Association’s Hall of Fame

Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism and program coordinator for convergent journalism at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, will be inducted into College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame on Oct. 29, 2015 at the Austin Hilton as part of ACP/CMA’s National College Media Convention. Sparks, a long-term adviser, will be inducted during CMA’s Adviser Awards, which will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

“Stacy is not only a dedicated adviser and professor to her students, but also a tireless advocate for the college media industry as a whole,” said Rachele Kanigel, CMA president. “She has been a committed volunteer of both CMA and of Kansas Collegiate Media. Her students are lucky to have her, and we are equally lucky to have benefited from her expertise.”

Sparks has advised magazines, student newspapers and yearbooks since 1988 and has taught at Southwestern College since 2006. In addition to stacysparksserving on the advising team for UpdateSC.org, she is the faculty adviser to The Collegian student newspaper and Moundbuilder yearbook.

She taught at St. Mary of the Plains College from 1988 to 1992 and at Dodge City Community College from 1992 to 2006.

Sparks is an associate professor of journalism and teaches photography, media law and media writing. She is on sabbatical this semester, working on a photography project in Kansas and Oklahoma. She is an award-winning photographer and has completed photo workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana and New Mexico. She has shown her work in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama.

The John A. Boyd Hall of Fame Award is the most prestigious honor given by CMA, recognizing longtime members whose dedication, commitment and sacrifice have contributed to the betterment and value of student media programs of both their campus and the nation. It also recognizes the contributions of members who have devoted extensive and varied service to CMA on committees, the board of directors and other leadership roles and who have presented insightful, relevant and well-prepared programs and sessions. Those considered for this award must have contributed to college journalism education for 20 years or more while being an active member of CMA.

To learn more and to register for ACP/CMA’s National Media Convention, click here.

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Pittsburg High School adviser wins Jackie Engel Award

The Purple & White yearbook and Booster Redux newspaper adviser at Pittsburg High School has won a prestigious journalism teaching award for 2015.

Emily Smith is this year’s recipient of the Jackie Engel Award, sponsored by Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) and named in honor of a former journalism teacher at McPherson High School. Engel helped bring national recognition to Kansas high school journalism and was the first recipient of the award in 1990. She died in 2005, but her legacy of excellence lives on in this award.

The award was created to honor the best high school journalism teacher in Kansas. Smith received a plaque and cash award.

Her acceptance speech, at the annual KCM Awards Conference in Wichita on Monday, April 13, was followed by a standing ovation.

She will also be honored at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association state conference May 2 in Lawrence.

Smith has advised the student newspaper and magazine for the last five years. She was chosen because of her ability to inspire students, her support of a free press and helping to spread the good name of Kansas journalism. Her students’ work was described by a judge as “sophisticated and impressive.”

In her acceptance speech in Wichita, she talked about how the journalism program at the school has expanded and the challenges they have encountered. These included creating a “melting pot” of students and taking large groups of students to national conferences, where they won numerous awards. She gave the examples of 30-hour round-trip bus rides with 100 students to Minneapolis and San Antonio. She also supervised airplane trips with 30 students to Boston and San Diego. A recent trip was to Washington, D.C. with 28 students when she was eight months pregnant.

In her nomination materials, Miranda Moore, editor of the yearbook and managing editor of the newspaper, said Smith’s efforts contribute to their growth as young adults.

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2015 Spring Awards Conference

KCM Spring Conference  |  Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, Wichita

More than 160 students and media advisers representing 17 Kansas colleges and universities attended Kansas Collegiate Media’s Spring Awards conference April 12-13 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita.

In the overall category competition there were 29 entries with the following breakdown:
Online – 7
Two-year newspaper – 6
Four-year public newspaper – 4
Four-year private newspaper – 4
Yearbook – 4
Magazine – 4

There were 1,370 individual entries among the following divisions:
Online – 58
Two-year newspaper – 398
Four-year public newspaper – 276
Four-year private newspaper – 340
Yearbook/magazine – 298

Results of the overall, individual and Journalist of the Year categories will be posted as soon as paperwork can be processed. Please direct questions to:
Contest Director Anita Reed at anita.reed@sccc.edu
KCM President Laura Guy at laura.yorkguy@gcccks.edu


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