California Educator

November 2014

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CTA & You Journalism contest T E A C H E R S L I K E M A T T J O H A N S O N (see page 50) are so proud of their students, we decided to have a contest to promote and highlight the outstanding work and creativity of student journalism programs throughout California. Here's how it'll work: 1. Interested public high school journalism programs will submit one spread that showcases teaching and learning in the school. This may include a teacher or group of teachers and their work with students individually or as part of a program. 2. All entries will be posted online at The winning entry will be published in the May 2015 California Educator (circulation 325,000) with a story about that journalism class. 3. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m., March 2, 2015. There is no charge for submitting an entry. One entry per journalism class. Through the John Swett Awards for Media Excellence, CTA annually recognizes journalists, publications, websites, and television and radio stations for their outstanding achievements in reporting and interpreting public education issues. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of media professionals. CTA John Swett Awards honor excellence in education reporting CTA Journalism Contest 4. Each entry will be submitted electronically as an attachment to an email sent to Each entry must be submitted with the following information: • Name of school and journalism class. • Local CTA chapter. • Town or city. • Journalism teacher. • Names of students who worked on the layout. Please include the school's name in the name of the PDF. (Example: AnytownHigh-Journalism1.pdf.) An entry must be one PDF file containing a double- page spread of two 8-inch by 10-inch pages, preferably combined into one 16-inch by 10-inch sheet. If you are using InDesign, you can set the export options to combine spreads automatically. Please try to reduce the file size as much as possible. 5. All complete entries received by the deadline will be judged by the CTA Communications Committee and professional journalists. The winner will be determined based on content, writing, photography and layout design. Matt Johanson Contest rules can be found online at 56

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