Palmiter High School’s culinary arts program was the host site for the “1st Annual Journalism Awards Dinner”. Steve O’Donoghue, the evening’s master of ceremonies and the Director of the SHSJN welcomed young journalists, mentors, teachers, and family members to this special event. In addition to tasty fajitas served up by the youthful culinary staff, special honors were awarded to the following high school journalism programs and their school newspapers.
- Best News Writing – Davis High School
- Best Feature Writing – River City H.S.
- Best Editorial Writing – Foothill H.S.
- Best Column or personal Opinion Writing- Whitney H.S.
- Best Sports Writing – Foothill H.S.
- Best Photography – Foothill H.S,
- Best Editorial Cartoon – Davis H.S.
- Bet New or Revived Newspaper – Foothill H.S.
- Overall Newspaper Excellence – Davis H.S.
Joyce Terhaar, Editor Sacramento Bee, was the featured speaker and spoke of the changing world of modern journalism and the challenges presented by new instantaneous and constant postings from social media sites such as Facebook and especially Twitter. She encouraged the young reporters to become adept at using new technology and the importance of statistical analysis in many news stories. The Bee is a major sponsor of the program and many Bee writers, current and retired, serve as program mentors working with students at participating high schools.
Walt Yost, retired Bee reporter and Access Sacramento Board member, gave out the honors to the students and added an encouraging comment explaining the judge’s decisions. He expressed, “I am pleased to be involved in this program. Reading the examples of excellent reporting from these high school newspaper gives me hope for the future of journalism as a profession.”