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K-State Today

February 28, 2013



K-State faculty, staff help judge Kansas journalism contest

By Steve Wolgast

Starting today at the K-State Manhattan campus, judges are ranking more than 300 entries from more than 200 Kansas high school students for the quality of their journalism.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association sponsors the annual contest, which sees competition from 35 high schools across the state. The Collegian Media Group hosts the event and recruits the 35 judges, including area professionals, faculty members from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and staff from the K-State Alumni Association and the Division of Communications and Marketing. Judging will conclude Wednesday, March 6.

Kelly Furnas, contest administrator and associate director of Collegian Media Group, said, "It's always exciting to see high school students eager to practice journalism, and the fact that we can host the regional competition at Kansas State provides wonderful education to the students and wonderful outreach for the university."

Winners of the Manhattan contest go on to compete at the all-state level, hosted by the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association is a nonprofit organization composed of Kansas scholastic journalism students and their teachers. The organization is committed to excellence in journalism at all levels and views its focus as one of providing journalism education leadership for Kansas teachers and students. The KSPA provides a support system through its contests, conferences and scheduled activities. See more at http://www.kspaonline.org/.

Collegian Media Group, formerly known as Student Publications Inc., owns and publishes the Kansas State Collegian, the Royal Purple, the Campus Directory and the New Student Record. High school students from around the country come to its summer classes during the Flint Hills Publications Workshop. Founded in 1946, Collegian Media Group is the sixth-largest employer of K-State students on campus. See more at http://www.collegianmedia.com/.

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