Multiple Journalism staff entries honored in JEA competition

The Fairbury Journalism staff saw 16 of their entries place in the annual Journalism Education Association (JEA) Awards. The staff entered the competition in December of last year.

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The results from the Journalism Education Association Awards are displayed. Seven different students combined to have sixteen entries place with Nichole Harris ’19 leading the way with eight works. Infographic by: B. Novotny

Entries that place in the JEA competition are marked as one of three rankings. Fairbury oversaw 11 Honorable Mentions, 3 Excellent entries and 2 Superior entries from its staff. Nichole Harris ’19 earned both Superior ratings in the Column Writing and Entertainment Review Writing categories.

“It felt good, but I wasn’t surprised necessarily,” Harris said. “I’m glad that we had so many entries place, but I think our staff could’ve gotten more recognition for their work.”

With four months left in the year, the staff looks to continue its work on its three main publications (the X-Ray, the Blazer and the Trail) along with another competition on the horizon. Entries for the NSAA State Journalism competition will be submitted in February. For sophomore staff member Taylor Gustafson, this will be her first time entering.

“It [The JEA Awards] was fun and a new experience,” Gustafson said. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I am looking forward to NSAA State because that means I have another try in winning something.”


The FHS Journalism staff braces the cold for a group picture. The staff is in charge of three main publications: the X-Ray, the Blazer, and the Trail. Photo by: J. Martin

To promote the 2018-19 Trail, the staff will be hosting a convocation in the Burkley Fine Arts Center on February 7.