Four Coronado High journalism students earned top awards earlier this month at the National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas.
Students Alisa Garcia earned superior for broadcast news writing; Eric Moya earned excellent for sports photography; Karla Salazar earned honorable in yearbook and caption writing; and Jazmine Zamora earned honorable for news writing.
“When an El Paso student wins an award at this convention, that student knows that his or her work is as good as or better than the work of students from New York, California, or any other school in the country,” said Coronado journalism teacher Kimberly Haefner. “It is nice to see what other award-winning schools are doing. This is how we can stay competitive here in El Paso journalism.”
The semiannual convention, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, brings together thousands of students from across the country for journalism learning sessions, workshops and contests.
Junior Eric Moya, who has been shooting for two years, enjoyed networking with other students and attending the journalism workshops.
“When I found out I got an excellent rating, I freaked out. This was something I put a good amount of effort in, and to find out I placed, I was so happy,” Moya said. “I learned ways to improve my photography, as well as learning about a couple of colleges I can look into now.”
Fellow junior Jazmine Zamora was grateful for the opportunity to meet other aspiring journalists.
“Journalism is important because I am given the ability to tell others what they should know and give everyone up to date information,” she said. “I would tell those looking to pursue journalism to always have good questions and look outside the box for story ideas.”
Aside from Coronado, students from Franklin, Bowie and El Paso High School attended the event.
“This event is vital to the advancement and development of not just the book, but the staff. Students get to see just how big and important the business of yearbooks and journalism is to a school and community,” El Paso High teacher Daniel Ornelas said. “The exposure to different ideas sets an example for them and hopefully they realize how crucial their work is to their school.”
This year, students from Brown, Henderson, Lincoln, Guillen and Brown middle schools had the opportunity to go to Dallas.
Lincoln Middle School teacher Angela Word loved networking with other journalism teachers.
“This was the first time I was able to collaborate with middle school teachers outside of our area to see how they are pushing their program to the next level,” Word said. “I was able to watch best practices from the journalism perspective. We are formulating a plan to push the students so when they get to high school they are not only prepared but the top of their class.”