Journalism Teacher of the Year
For more than 40 years, MIPA has honored outstanding journalism teachers with the state Journalism Teacher of the Year program. MIPA wishes to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work throughout their careers.
In the past, high school editors and other journalism students, initiated the nomination process, and if they would like to continue to do so, they may certainly bring this recognition to their teacher’s attention. However, in an effort to align with the national awards, MIPA will now encourage teachers to nominate themselves and include at least one letter of recommendation from current or former student(s).
The winning teacher will be encouraged to present a short acceptance speech at the spring Journalism Day on the MU campus.
- Nominees must be teaching at a MIPA member school.
- Teacher must have at least three years of experience.
The components of the Missouri JTOY process closely align with those of several national Teacher of the Year programs, including:
- Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year: due in July.
- JEA’s Broadcast Adviser of the Year: due Oct. 15.
- JEA’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year: due Oct. 15.
The Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year will be encouraged to submit materials to the national competition, should s/he wish to do so.
The nominee should submit an application, proof of publication(s) and supporting materials to the judge and the MIPA office using our online submission form:
- Application: Journalism Teacher of the Year
- After the general application questions, there are different portions based on what publication(s) you advise. Please complete each section matching the type of media or publication(s) you advise. If you advise multiple publications, please complete all applicable portions.
- Please download and complete the PDF application and upload to the online submission form
- Proof of publications:
- Broadcast teachers: Inside the application, please provide links to six videos/shows your students produced in the last year.
- Yearbook teachers: When submitting supporting materials, please provide a single PDF file with the following pages/spreads from your most recently published yearbook: cover, front endsheet or table of contents, title page, opening spread(s), one divider, one index spread, one people spread, colophon, closing, up to five spreads of inside coverage of your choosing.
- Newspaper/Newsmagazine teachers: When submitting supporting materials, please include three issues of the publication from the last year in PDF form or in a list of weblinks to the publication stored online (on a site similar to Issuu.com).
- Online teachers: Inside the application, please provide web links to at least six stories and/or packages produced by your students in the past year, as well as the main URL for your site.
- If you advise more than one publication, please include the examples requested above for each publication.
- Required support:
- Current headshot
- A one-page resume of the nominee
- A one-page letter of recommendation from a current or former student
- Students: Please address how this teacher contributed to journalism excellence in your school and raised the level of your journalism program. Consider points such as: What this teacher has done to increase your desire to continue in journalism, how s/he increased respect for your publication, how s/he supports and promotes journalism education on a local and state level and how s/he continues to increase his/her professional competence.
- Upload each to the online submission form with your application
- You may choose to add optional* supporting documents, which would help the judge make a decision:
- Candid photo of the teacher instructing or working with students
- Up to four additional one-page letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators and/or students/former students. Please merge all letters into a single .PDF.
- Copies of articles or links to articles about or by the nominee (limit four)
- Please scan and upload as PDF or JPG files to the online submission form
* The optional supporting materials are required at the national level but not for the state level.
SUBMIT MATERIALS using our NEW Online Submission Form
DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
2018 SPONSORS: We are currently securing sponsors for the 2018 contest season and will post them here when finalized.
If you can think of anyone who would be willing to sponsor our top teacher, please email vice-president Michelle Turner directly at email@example.com so she can reach out to them.
2017 SPONSORS: The following sponsors supported this contest:
- $250 from the Missouri Press Association http://www.mopress.com/
- $150 from Jostens, www.Jostens.com
- $100 from John Kelley, Amanda Tillery, Tracy Tuley, Anessa Musgrave, and Alyssa Moses with Walsworth http://www.walsworthyearbooks.com/
- $100 from Dan Mueller and Leah Blase with Herff Jones – STLhttp://www.ybk-stl.com/AboutUs.html
- $100 from Whitney Baker at Balfour Yearbook http://www.balfour.com/
- $100 from Jami Williams of Mexico High School in memory of her mother, Mickey Hunt, who worked in newspaper for 30 years at a small weekly in Northeast Missouri.
STAN ZOLLER – Journalist and journalism educator with extensive experience in reporting and editing as well as developing journalism curriculum and various initiatives to further scholastic journalism. Awards include a 2010 Peter Lisagor Award for exemplary journalism (presented by the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) recognition by the Dow Jones News Fund as a Distinguished Adviser in 2011, and Special Recognition Adviser in 2010. Zoller also served with the Journalism Education Association on a number of committees and initiatives. He also supported the successful New Voices bill in the state of Illinois.
The judge will weigh each teacher’s service in journalism organizations, personal and publication awards, quality of the student work, their philosophy and approach to student press rights and ethics, among other aspects.
QUESTIONS: If you have questions about the process, please contact the MIPA office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-6031.
Past state honorees include:
- 1970 Ron Clemons, Truman High School, Independence
- 1971 Charlotte Bell Conley, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood
- 1972 Mar’Lyn Cowan, Parkview High School, Springfield
- 1973 H.L. Hall, Kirkwood North Junior High School, Kirkwood
- 1974 Helen Brakke-Buel, Jefferson City Senior High School, Jefferson City
- 1975 Linda Smith Puntney, William Chrisman High School, Independence
- 1976 Elizabeth Ray, Adrian High School, Adrian
- 1977 Opal Heatherly, Westport High School, Kansas City
- 1978 Howard Emerson, Hazelwood Central High School, Florissant
- 1979 Elizabeth Lockhart, Central High School, Cape Girardeau
- 1980 Deanna Armstrong, Park Hill High School, Kansas City
- 1981 Al Hoffmeyer, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, MO
- 1982 W. Michael Brown, William Chrisman High School, Independence
- 1983 Carole Wall, Grandview High School, Grandview
- 1984 Mary Lu Foreman, Center Senior High School, Kansas City
- 1985 Diane Boyle, Parkway Central High School, Chesterfield
- 1986 Kathy Craghead, Mexico High School, Mexico
- 1987 Marcia Johnson, Park Hill High School, Kansas City
- 1988 Sandy Newcomer, Mount Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon
- 1989 Chris McMenemy, Liberty High School, Liberty
- 1990 Anita Campbell, Warsaw High School, Warsaw
- 1991 Debbie Von Behren, Mansfield High School, Mansfield
- 1992 Jan Morgan, Advance High School, Advance
- 1993 Mark Bubalo, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City
- 1994 Jan Hensel, Liberty High School, Liberty
- 1995 Karen Black, Hickman Mills High School, Kansas City
- 1996 Bill Hankins, Oak Park High School, Kansas City
- 1997 Robin Fuemmeler Stover, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia
- 1998 Karen Ray, Glendale High School, Springfield
- 1999 Lisa Scroggs, Jefferson City Senior High School, Jefferson City
- 2000 Marci Pieper, Clayton High School, St. Louis
- 2001 Bruce Schneider, Parkway South High School, St. Louis
- 2002 Beth Ann Brady, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis
- 2003 Marc Russell, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit
- 2004 Terry Durnell, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit
- 2005 Nancy Freeman, Clayton High School, St. Louis
- 2006 Karla Thompson, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit
- 2007 Stephanie Carey (Green), Boonville High School, Booneville
- 2008 Eric Thomas, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City
- 2009 Christina Geabhart, Oak Park High School, Kansas City
- 2010 Matthew Schott, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles
- 2011 Ben Merithew, Truman High School, Independence
- 2012 Michele Dunaway, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles
- 2013 Megan Hughes, Park Hill South High School, Riverside
- 2015 Michelle Turner, Washington High School, Washington
- 2016 Cherié Burgett, Staley High School, Kansas City
- 2017 Jane Bannester, Ritenour High School, St. Louis
Past national honorees include:
Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year (if you know of others, please email):
- 1963 Opal Eckert, Maryville High School, Maryville
- 1969 Virginia Woodring*, School District of Springfield
- 1977 Ron Clemons, Truman High School, Independence
- 1982 Homer L. Hall, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood
- 2003 Distinguished Adviser Marc Russell, Lee’s Summit High School
- 2004 Special Recognition Adviser Clay Zigler, Rockwood Summit High School, Fenton
- 2009 Distinguished Adviser Christina Geabhart, Oak Park High School, Kansas City
- 2011 Aaron Manfull, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles
- 2013 Special Recognition Adviser Michele Dunaway, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles
- 2015 Mitch Eden, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood
- 2016 Special Recognition Adviser Cherié Burgett, Staley High School, Kansas City
JEA’s Broadcast Adviser of the Year:
- 2014 Distinguished Broadcast Adviser Don Goble, LHS-TV and Films, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis
- 2014 Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser Michelle Turner, Blue Jay Journal TV, Washington High School, Washington
- 2015 Don Goble, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, Mo.
- 2015 Distinguished Broadcast Adviser Dave Davis, Hillcrest High School, Springfield, Mo.
- 2016 Michelle Turner, Washington High School, Washington
- 2017 Distinguished Broadcast Adviser Christina Geabhart, Oak Park High School, Kansas City
- 2017 Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser Jane Bannester, Ritenour High School, St. Louis
JEA’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year:
- 1995 H.L. Hall, Kirkwood North Junior High School, Kirkwood
- 1997 Special Recognition Adviser Jan Hensel
- 2000 Special Recognition Adviser Mary Ann Barton and Marci Pieper
- 2002 Distinguished Adviser Kathy Craghead, Mexico High School, Mexico
- 2003 Kathy Craghead, Mexico High School, Mexico
- 2005 Special Recognition Adviser Aaron Manfull, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles
- 2007 Special Recognition Adviser Nancy Y. Smith, Lafayette High School, Wildwood
- 2009 Distinguished Adviser Nancy Y. Smith, Lafayette High School, Wildwood
- 2010 Special Recognition Adviser Michele M. Dunaway, MJE, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles
- 2011 Special Recognition Adviser Eric Thomas, MJE, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City
- 2012 Distinguished Adviser Michele Dunaway, MJE, from Francis Howell High School in Saint Charles
- 2011 Michele Dunaway, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles
- 2009 Marcella A. Pieper, Clayton High School
- 2003 Ken Rosenauer, Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph
- 2001 Clay Zigler, Rockwood Summit High School, Fenton
- 2000 Mary Ann Barton, Eureka High School, St. Louis
- 1996 Roger Carlson, Florissant Valley Community College, St. Louis
- 1990 Laura Beth Widmer, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
- 1983 Minerva Spalding Howard, Hickman High School, Columbia
- 1982 Ron Clemons, Truman High School, Independence; and Homer L. Hall—Kirkwood High School
- 1980 Robert P. Knight, University of Missouri, Columbia
- 1975 Elizabeth Barnes, Stephens College, Columbia
- 1972 Sarah Ellen Campbell, William Chrisman High School, Independence
- 1965 Major Charles R. Stripling III, Missouri Military Academy, Mexico