Attention high school journalists and advisers

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is now accepting entries for its annual High School Journalism Contest. Click here to download an entry form which also contains the contest rules. The deadline for entries is March 31. Awards will be presented in April at Ralston Hall on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Categories include news story, feature story, editorial, column, sports story, layout and design, news photo, feature photo, sports photo, Web site design and

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Record turnout for high school boot camp

The Press Club’s annual high school boot camp Friday attracted 88 students, six teachers and 11 speakers — the largest turnout in the event’s history. The purpose of the afternoon of workshops, discussions and hands-on demonstrations was to help students who will be publishing school newspapers and Web sites in the coming academic year. Students came from the following high schools: Aragon, Burlingame, Hillsdale, MetWest, Mills, Notre Dame in Belmont, San Mateo, Sequoia, Summit Prep in Redwood City and Washington

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High school journalism boot camp coming up

High school journalists from throughout the Bay Area are invited to the second annual High School Journalism Boot Camp the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club will present from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the College of San Mateo. Last year about 80 young journalists attended seminars on digital photography, online publishing, page design, writing editorials, finding stories, editing sports and arts/entertainment sections and making the transition to college newspapering. Media Attorney Jim Wagstaffe will reprise his very popular talk

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Eastside Prep, Paly take top high school journalism prizes

The Eastside Panther of Eastside College Preparatory High School in East Palo Alto took top honors in General Excellence in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s High School Journalism Competition this year. (Above is the staff of the Panther with adviser Angela Filo at left. Palo Alto High School, which entered two magazines and one online publication, won the most awards with 11, including best web site content and design. Awards were presented at a reception today (May 12) in

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Attention high school journalists

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is now accepting entries for its annual High School Journalism Contest. Click here to download an entry form which also contains the contest rules. The deadline for entries is March 31. Awards will be presented at a reception in the spring. Categories include news story, feature story, editorial, column, sports story, layout and design, news photo, feature photo, sports photo, Web site design and Web site content. Last year, 132 students from 12 publications

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New law protects journalism teachers

A new law has gone into effect that prohibits school administrators from retaliating against advisors for trying to protect student press freedoms. The LA Times wrote about it, quoting a Peninsula journalism teacher: “Any day some story could come to me and my students that would put me in a bad position,” said Paul Kandell, a journalism advisor at Palo Alto High School. “Without some security, teachers like me would lose their jobs.” The article also quotes Jim Ewert, legal

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Adviser selected for closed student paper

Students at Carlmont High School in Belmont will once again publish a newspaper now that school officials have appointed a journalism adviser. School officials shut down the paper, the Scots Express, last month after a student wrote a facetious opinion piece about his own sex appeal. A Carlmont vice principal handed the student editor, Alex Zhang, a letter saying the paper was being closed because of the article. Despite the letter, school officials said the paper was closed because its

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District does an about face after closing paper

The Sequoia Union High School District, which serves southern San Mateo County, plans to look at ways it can improve journalism programs at all of it schools following the controversy that erupted after one of its schools “canceled” a student newspaper for “inappropriate” content. At Belmont’s Carlmont High School, editor Alex Zhang and reporter Jack Dooley said they were called into the principal’s office and told their paper, the Scots Express, had been “canceled” and would no longer be published.

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High school shuts down student paper

The San Mateo Daily Journal reports that the principal of Carlmont High School in Belmont has shut down the student newspaper saying it needs more supervision. The move came after the paper printed a satirical story by one student about his own sexiness. The paper, the Scots Express, is published by a journalism club and does not have a faculty advisor. The paper is funded by ads the students sell on their own, although Principal Andrea Jenoff says some money

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New law protects journalism teachers

The AP reports that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that prohibits school administrators from retaliating against high school and college journalism instructors. The bill by Sen. Leland Yee makes it illegal to dismiss, transfer or discipline teachers for protecting students’ free-speech. The California Newspaper Publishers Association says teachers have been punished at least 12 times since 2001 because of stories or opinion pieces written by student reporters.