Educating the Community – FHC Publications Named Finalist at NSPA Convention

Posted on 11/27/2017
Educating the Community – FHC Publications Named Finalist at NSPA Convention

The Francis Howell Central High School Publications crew is never afraid to say what needs to be said. Their work offers intriguing insights into the bright minds of their generation, and their latest accomplishments at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference prove that we should all be reading.

JEA/NSPA conferences not only showcase the proverbial best of the best in youth journalism, they also provide a taste of what it’s like to work with professionals. Through education and recognition programs for members, NSPA and JEA promote the standards and ethics of proper journalism, as accepted and practiced by professional print, broadcast, and electronic media in the United States. Competitions (both at the conference and via submissions throughout the year) give students an opportunity to compare their work with their peers across the country, and to gain some feedback from professionals. This year, FHC reached a milestone.

Emily Mann, Skylar Laird, Taylor Tinnes, and Lukas Mendel earned an honorable mention in the Diversity Series Story of the Year competition for their story on students who come from diverse backgrounds (religion, race, etc.) at FHC.

Their honored story is an examination into the lives of different students at FHC who show us that, though we may be different, we all want to be treated the same. Read the linked story and you’ll see how these students aren’t just writing about their peers at FHC, but about all of us. Their advisor, Matt Schott, had to decide whether he was more proud of his kids, or intrigued by their journalistic acumen. “This was the first time a story (from FHC) has been named as a finalist by NSPA,” Schott said. “We've previously had broadcast, design, and photo honors.”

There are many stories and galleries worth reading at It certainly makes Schott’s job as advisor much easier when students desire to do more than just document events, they strive to be a voice of the school. “I love that my students are always looking for different types of stories and pushing the boundaries,” Schott said. “They're never willing to settle for what's easy to do and willing to push into areas that are maybe uncomfortable, but help educate our community.”

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