2019 J-Day winners announced

Thank you to the nearly 1,300 students and advisers who traveled to the University of Missouri-Columbia on Monday, March 25 for the 50th annual J Day celebration of student journalism! And congratulations to the State winners honored in Overall and Individual contests.

MIPA recognizes All-Missouri, Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention work with certificates. MIPA judges chose roughly the top 10% of the entries to recognize as All-Missouri award winners.

A complete list of individual and overall contest winners is available at: http://mipajournalism.com/j-day-awards-lists
and at: 2019 Individual and Overall Results

We would like to thank our 50+ judges who reviewed the 1,400+ entries this year. Judges range from journalism teachers and professors to professional journalists from across the country. Without their time, commitment and feedback, scholastic journalists across the state would not have the opportunity to learn and improve.

2019 Judges:

Jeanne Abbott
associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Shari Adwers
adviser, Loudoun Valley High School
Kathy Allen
adviser for newspaper and co-adviser for yearbook
Alicia Archuleta
journalism adviser/teacher
Louisa Avery
journalism and digital design teacher, adviser of Pep O’ Plant newsmagazine and PHSnews.com news site
Molly Baker
yearbook consultant
Jane Banester adviser
Karen Black
former newsmagazine and yearbook adviser at Hickman Mills H.S. – MIPA Taft Award 2006, Longview Community College “Current,” newspaper adviser, one semester for sabbatical professor.
MIPA Board of Directors advisers
Cherié Burgett adviser
Cal Butcher
Director of Media Crossroads & Full-time Faculty at University of Kansas
Erin Coggins adviser
Julia Copeland
education specialist, Balfour Publishing
Diane Davis
freelance proofreader, NNA
Adam Dawkins
adviser, RJ Media, Coordinator, National JEA Scholastic J Week, Past President, CSMA
Bethany Drobeck
yearbook adviser
Alis Dunaway writer
Brian Eriksen
teacher, adviser, JEA State Director
Taylor Ernst
Sara Gonzales
Annie Gorenstein-Falkenberg
yearbook adviser
Homer Hall
former JEA President
Trevor Hayes
freelance sports TV Producer (studio and remote)
Minerva Howard
retired journalism teacher at Hickman High School, taught writing at Sylvan Learning Center, volunteer at after-school program for Spanish speaking students, judge for newspapers for MU and Iowa University.
Joe Humphrey
teacher and adviser; experience as a reporter and editor
Jessica Hunziker, MJE adviser
Trevor Ivan
adviser, researcher
Christy Jung
Media Communication Professor at Hannibal-LaGrange
Tanya Katnic
yearbook and journalism adviser
Jack Kennedy
Executive Director, Colorado Student Media Association
Paige Kesler
supervisor of yearbook department
Rachel Kidder adviser
Suzan “Kim” Lynch adviser
Jonah McKeown
Staff Writer, Catholic News Agency
Jackie Mink adviser
Jennifer Nelson
Senior Information Specialist at Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute/Editor at Osceola Sentinel-Tribune from 2010-2012
Kristy Nyp
secondary journalism teacher
Megan Palmer adviser
Mary Patrick
yearbook adviser and JEA mentor
Wayna C. Polk
publications adviser – Abilene High School, Abilene, TX
Randy Raley
Operations Manager KPOW FM Sedalia
Terri Real
yearbook/ newspaper teacher
Michael Reeves
adviser of The Dispatch newspaper at James Bowie High School
Shannon Rennaker
journalism teacher
Brooke Rhoads editor in chief
Kimberlee Ried
Public Affairs Specialist
Hannah Shapiro
journalism & filmmaking teacher
Rebecca Suchy
Coginchaug High School adviser
Michelle Turner adviser
Lizabeth Walsh adviser
Maggie Walter
professor, retired, Missouri School of Journalism
Tom Winski
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Amanda Wood
Director of Marketing
Sergio Yanes teacher/adviser
Clay Zigler adviser
Stan Zoller, MJE
Lecturer of Journalism


We also thank the many sponsors who contributed to the awards:

  • Missouri School of Journalism
  • Balfour
  • Jostens
  • Walsworth
  • MIPA Judges Fund
  • eMissourian
  • KRCG Channel 13, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Missouri State Teachers Association, MSTA
  • School Newspapers Online, SNO
  • KC Women in Film & TV
  • Sexton Media Group, River Hills Traveler
  • Planet Radio, Randy Raley