Nelson Named Dow Jones Journalism Teacher of the Year
Written by Idea File Staff
Terry M. Nelson, publications adviser with Central High School, Ind., was selected as the 2001 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund (DJNF) for her outstanding contribution to teaching journalism and advising the Munsonian newspaper.
A 26-year veteran of publication advising, Nelson feels her unwavering commitment to freedom of speech helped her earn the award.
“My students take their newspaper very seriously,” Nelson said. “I have really stood up for student rights throughout my time as an adviser, and I have watched Muncie Central journalism students work through rough times with difficult administrations in the past, and I am proud to say our newspaper staff truly understands and upholds the value of free press.”
According to Richard Holden, executive director of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, “Terry is the kind of adviser every serious student of journalism wishes he or she had. There is no equivocating with her. Her stance is clear and firm — she stands on the students’ rights under the First Amendment.”
Additional advisers also received honors. The following earned the Distinguished Advisers Award: Karl Grubaugh, Granite Bay H.S., Granite Bay, Calif.; Pete LeBlanc, Center High School, Antelope, Calif.; Lora Geftic, Hasbrouck Heights High School, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; and Terry Lewers-Sollazo, Wharton High School, Tampa, Fla.
Six Special Recognition Advisers were also named: Dianne Smith, Alief Hastings High School, Houston, Texas; Christie Gold, Gaither High School, Tampa, Fla.; Matthew Deabler, Central High School, Omaha, Neb.; Jennifer Lacher-Starace, Wells High School, Wells, Maine; Linda Barrington, Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and A. Mario Rios, Jr., Southwest High School, San Antonio, Texas.
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund was founded in 1958 by editors of The Wall Street Journal to improve the quality of journalism education. The fund provides internships and scholarships to col lege students, career literature, fellowships for high school journalism teachers and publications advisers and training for college journalism instructors.