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Murphy High Journalism Wins at Alabama Scholastic Press Convention
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Dr. Smith and Regan Francis
Dr. Smith and Regan Francis
State Awards

Thursday February 12, Journalism students from Murphy boarded a bus for a trip to the Alabama Scholastic Press Convention in Tuscaloosa. Students from Broadcast, Intro to Journalism and Yearbook attended the convention to listen to guest speakers talk about ways to improve their publications and learn more about journalism. Some students would be competing in various journalism competitions.

Friday evening, February 13th, at the awards ceremony for the Alabama Scholastic Press Convention, Regan Francis, a first year Mohian student, placed SECOND IN THE STATE for yearbook layout and design.  

Dr. Smith won the Larry Haynes, ASPA Administrator of the Year Award. He did not know he had been nominated by the yearbook staff a month prior to the convention and was very surprised to hear his name called to receive the award. He thought he was sitting through an hour+ long awards ceremony for one of the students. 

Excerpt from student's letter of nomination of Dr. Smith:

"We have read of other schools where the journalism staffs are under prior review and micromanaged by the administration. There are schools where principals don’t view the mission of student journalism as important and require students do their work through the short block or even as a club experience. Not only has our principal given us a full block for yearbook, we are able to have a mixed media journalism experience as the majority of the journalism students have signed up for more than one journalism class at a time.

 We are thankful that Dr. Smith treats our staff with respect that allows us to perform our mission without interference. If we need to meet in homeroom for photos or distribution of materials, he allows the bell schedule to be adjusted. When we need to interrupt the day for announcements to announce photo times, he allows it.  He trusts that we won’t abuse our position and grants these requests without discussion.

His support and trust in us allows our staff to perform their job without fear of reprisal or interference. Even though our class numbers are small, Dr. Smith believes in us enough to know that we are worth it. By allowing us small numbers now, we will be able to grow the journalism program to meet the needs of the students, the faculty, and the community." 

Congratulations to both Regan and Dr. Smith.

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