College Station students building a journalism tradition

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

A brand-new high school offers great opportunities for journalism students. The 11 newspaper and yearbook students from College Station High School attending the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention next week in San Antonio are ready to get ideas to help them mold and define their publications.

Five of College Station’s students will be attending JEA/NSPA with their registration paid for by scholarships from Walsworth Publishing thanks to the 75 Scholars program Walsworth partnered with through JEA and NSPA.

College Station High, in College Station, Texas, opened this fall, and currently only has freshmen and sophomores. These students have been given the opportunity to name their publications, and they are hoping to get ideas in San Antonio.

Kayla Kurmaskie, a freshman on the newspaper staff, said she wants to read newspapers from other schools.

“I want to see different design ideas and different writing styles and see how I can apply them to our school’s newspaper,” Kurmaskie said.

Rachel Grant said she also is interested in looking at newspapers from other schools, and taking a variety of writing and photography sessions.

Currently, everyone on the newspaper staff is a staff writer, with no specific positions assigned, and each student will need to report and photograph their own stories, the girls said.

“I want to try to do everything (at the convention), because we are doing everything on staff,” said Grant, who is also a freshman.

The first deadline of College Station High’s first newspaper is Dec. 14, so staff members have their work cut out for them.

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.