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Bear River journalism program, students earn awards

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Bear River’s Journalism program earned awards at the 2019 National Journalism Convention in Anaheim, according to a release.

The event drew thousands of the nation’s best high school journalists and their advisers. Bruins competed in several categories.

Junior Zach Fink earned a first-place medal in the category Literary Magazine: Photography. This is the only photography competition where students are given a specific prompt and challenged to roam the city in order to take a relevant, compelling photograph. Fink’s winning on-the-spot photo captured the feeling of human loneliness. This is the second year Bruins have earned accolades in this photography competition, which depends largely on quick thinking, creative interpretation and bravery.

Junior Sonora Slater earned an honorable mention in the news writing category. Slater won in this category at last year’s convention.

Junior Catherine Desplancke earned an honorable mention in the sports writing category. Desplancke, a first-year journalist, was tasked with writing a sports feature story about a paralympian athlete’s journey to overcome physical disability.

Slater also has been selected to represent the state of California at the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington D.C. this summer. This highly-competitive program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a journalism career and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Only one journalism student is selected from each state.

According to the program’s website, winning students will go to Washington, D.C., June 14-20, to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum, an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment.

Winning students are awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. The Freedom Forum Institute program was established in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. This competitive, life-changing conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.

Source: Bear River Journalism

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