Press Club honors high school journalists

Aragon High School in San Mateo took top honors at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2013 High School Journalism Awards, which were presented Thursday afternoon at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City. Aragon’s newspaper, The Outlook, was recognized as the first-place winner in the General Excellence category. The Outlook received a total of 13 awards, topping last year’s record of 12. The paper’s editor and advisor will be honored at the Press Club’s Evening of Excellence

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Palo Alto’s Gunn High School takes top honors in Press Club student journalism contest

Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto took top honors at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2012 High School Journalism Awards which were presented Thursday afternoon at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. Gunn’s newspaper, The Oracle, was recognized as the first-place winner in the General Excellence category. The paper’s editor and advisor will be honored at the Press Club’s Evening of Excellence May 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City. In all, 11 Peninsula high

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Half Moon Bay High School to start print-only journalism class

Half Moon Bay High School is dropping its mass media class, which involves broadcasting and print, and is starting a print-only journalism class this fall, the Half Moon Bay Review reports. The switch is due to the fact that the University of California wouldn’t certify the mass media class for purposes of its four-year-university track. UC deemed the class, taught by former sportscaster Pat Olson, “too vocational.” The print journalism class, on the other hand, is apparently approved by the

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A look at the Press Club’s high school boot camp

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club holds a “boot camp” every fall for hundreds of high school students who are studying journalism. The event takes place on the campus of the College of San Mateo. This year’s boot camp is set for Oct. 26. Above is a report by the college’s newspaper and website, The San Matean, on the event. The report, by Jeffrey Gonzalez and photographer Mario Ayala, includes an interview with attorney Jim Wagstaffe, whose is an expert

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Press Club to offer grants to high school journalism programs

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is now offering grants to high school journalism programs. Grants can be used for: • Equipment such as computers, software, cameras, books, cabinets  • Training  • Students to attend journalism seminars, workshops, conferences and other educational opportunities and related travel expenses  • Public records fees Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. The grant program is open to all Bay Area high

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Attention, high school journalists and advisers

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is seeking entries for its annual high school journalism contest. This year it is even easier to enter — entries are being accepted entirely online. No more cutting and pasting. Click here to download the contest rules. And here’s a link for uploading contest entires. Deadline to enter: March 31.

A few chuckles at the Press Club’s boot camp

Kit Dicioccio, left, and Jack Heffernon, of Serra High School in San Mateo, discuss some of the more humorous experiences they have had on their school’s newspaper. Below, Alexis Stewart of Jefferson High School in Daly City talks about how she and her fellow staffers are working to improve their newspaper. They were part of a panel discussion of student journalists yesterday, hosted by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. The discussion was at the conclusion of an annual boot

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High School Journalism Boot Camp set for Oct. 21

Attention, high school journalism advisers. Please save Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, for the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s High School Journalism Boot Camp at the College of San Mateo. The hours will be 1-5 p.m. and again will take over the CSM Theatre and surrounding classrooms for presentations by professional journalists. This year we are tying the Boot Camp to participation in the spring High School Journalism Contest. Every school that participates in the Boot Camp will be eligible to

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Free high school adviser institute

The California Newspaper Publishers Association reports that up to 175 teachers will be selected to attend the 2011 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The deadline to apply is March 1. Go to hsj.org/reynolds. There is no cost to the teacher or school. Teachers from high schools that lack student media or have struggling journalism programs are especially encouraged to apply. Transportation, lodging, meals, materials, tuition and continuing education credits are covered by ASNE with a grant from the Donald W.

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