HERMANN, MO – Hermann High School’s yearbook copy editor, Maddie Bader (11), won first place in the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Challenge for her feature article, “Courage for Change.”
The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) is an organization designed to provide support for student journalism programs in quality journalism education. To recognize exceptional student journalism, MIPA hosts a variety of student contests throughout the year in journalism, photojournalism, and design.
“Contests of this nature help students in many ways. First it gives them valuable feedback from professionals in the industry. Beyond that, with this being a ‘timed’ contest, students get a taste of producing quality content with a fast turn around time as would be expected if they choose this career path,” said MIPA Vice President and Washington High School Broadcast Journalism teacher and adviser, Michelle Turner.
On Jan. 11, 2017, Bader received her prompt for the feature challenge with a deadline of approximately two weeks until submission. Within this time, Bader had to develop a story, interview for this story, and compose the article in a fine-tuned AP format before submission date.
Bader also won second place with her peer editors, Kaitlin Rohlfing (12), senior editor; Daelynn Payne (12), assistant editor; Brandi Buesking (12), photo editor, earlier in the year for their yearbook spread layout, a contest also sponsored by MIPA.
“As more and more schools embrace project-based learning, I have always felt that journalism is the ultimate PBL experience,” said Turner. “Your homework and classwork assignments are projects literally published for everyone else to see.”
With the 2016-2017 school year being Bader’s first year in yearbook, as well as copy editor, she reinstituted the Hermann high school newspaper under the new title, The Blue Review, in an online format, which was launched January 2017. The newspaper, as well as Bader’s article, “Courage for Change,” can be found at thebluereview.info.
After high school, Bader plans to pursue a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.