FHN Journalism Program Earns Multiple Honors at Spring National Journalism Convention

Posted on 04/16/2021

The Francis Howell North High School journalism staffs earned numerous awards this past weekend during the virtual Spring National High School Journalism Convention. 

The staffs earned numerous Top 10 finishes in the Best of Show competition. The Knightly Show, FHN Media’s weekly news show, placed 7th in the Broadcast category. The North Star brought home two Top 10 finishes with a 9th place finish in the Special Edition category and a 2nd place finish in the Newsmagazine category. The placings were highlighted by FHNtoday.com nabbing 1st Place Best of Show in the Large School Website category.

“Our website has gone through a lot of changes this year, both with our staff and with the content we've been posting, so it's a huge honor to win Best of Show,” Online Editor-in-Chief Ashlynn Perez said.  “I was so excited when I heard the news. It's always great to see when your hard work pays off. I'm so proud of everyone who contributes to the website and pours all their hard work into our program daily.”

Two students placed in the National Student Media contests. Seniors Ashlynn Perez and Emily Zhang each earned Excellent ratings in Feature Writing (Perez) and Videography (Zhang). 

Two staffs were also honored over the weekend for being named Pacemaker finalists. The Excalibur yearbook was honored as a yearbook finalist and FHNtoday.com was honored as an online news site finalist. 

“It’s been a really wild last 12 months and Mrs. Kiel and I are just so proud of these students and how hard they’ve worked day in and day out through it all,” Media Adviser Aaron Manfull said. “Each of the staffs were honored this weekend and it will be all the more special for them as it shows someone else recognized all their hard work during this time as well. 

The program’s student editor-in-chiefs who oversee production of the media are: senior Sydney Ellison (North Star Newsmagazine), junior Claire Brockmann (Excalibur Yearbook), senior Ashlynn Perez (FHNtoday.com Web), senior Gabe Lobato (FHNtodayTV Podcast), senior Emily Zhang (FHNtodayTV Social Media) and senior Anna Hollinger (Photography). The journalism program at FHN is led by Manfull and Jordyn Kiel. They oversee the nearly 100 members on staff and 300 students who run through the program each year.

High school students at FHN can enroll in a variety of journalism courses. Beginning students can take Digital Photojournalism for Practical Arts credit. The Introductory Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes count as Communication Arts credits. Once students have had a prerequisite, they can join staff and enroll in a for-credit class, taking Newspaper Production, Newspaper Production Honors, Yearbook Production or Yearbook Production Honors.

For more information about the journalism program at FHN, please contact Mr. Manfull at aaron.manfull@fhsdschools.org or Mrs. Kiel at jordyn.kiel@fhsdschools.org.

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