Friday, January 25, 2008

Textbook Adoption Reviews Available

Journalism teachers who are already overwhelmed with regular responsibilities (I think that would be everyone.) may be glad to hear that IHSPA officers Sarah Verpooten and Carrie Wadycki have coordinated an effort to provide advisers with reviews of several journalism textbooks to help teachers select books for adoption. Six reviews are available now; and others (including one by Jim Streisel, Carmel High School newspaper adviser) will be added as soon as we receive them.

In addition to the reviews, we have also provided a blank review sheet to copy for your own reviews. Anyone who has additional textbook suggestions or reviews is welcome to send them to me (, Sarah Verpooten ( and/or Carrie Wadycki (

Mass Media Standards
IHSPA representatives met with representatives from the Department of Education, Ball State University, Indiana University, J-Ideas, Franklin College, and the Indiana Association of High School Broadcasters, Thursday, January 24, to work on state mass media standards. We will share information about those standards and Journalism Core 40 as soon as info is available.

Important Dates
Remember that First Amendment essays and Student Journalist of the Year portfolios should both be sent to me at IHSPA, 101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131) by Feb. 15, 2008. The “Student Journalist of the Year” winner for Indiana will be forwarded to JEA.

First Amendment Symposium, March 4
The second symposium for the First Amendment will be March 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. Some schools are expanding to bring government or civics students. There is no fee or registration required, but letting me know you’re coming helps us plan.

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