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2015 Journalism Educator of the Year Award
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Next year`s yearbook and broadcast editors pose with Mrs. Bateman and her award. Pictured Left to right: Abby Aguilera, Regan Francis, Tynecia Curry. Front: Mrs. Bateman
Next year`s yearbook and broadcast editors pose with Mrs. Bateman and her award. Pictured Left to right: Abby Aguilera, Regan Francis, Tynecia Curry. Front: Mrs. Bateman

Youth Journalism International chose Murphy teacher, Barbara Bateman as the 2015 Journalism Educator of the Year. Nominated by her students, Bateman was informed of the award May 6 by phone. A portion of the press release is below.


Winner: Barbara Bateman, Murphy High SchoolMobile, Alabama

After a tornado ripped into Murphy High School on Christmas Eve in 2012, teacher Barbara Bateman relocated her classroom and got her students right to work documenting the event. That passion for news led her to convince administrators to let her start an introduction to journalism course a year ago and add classes in broadcasting and photography this school year.

While she’s taught everything from the inverted pyramid in newswriting to interviewing techniques, four of her students said the best thing she offered them was “how to stay professional and accept that unexpected things happen.” She also showed them they could rise to the challenge, said students Lillian Thomas, Abby Aguilera, Tynecia Curry and Regan Francis.

Though only in her sixth year teaching journalism at Murphy High, Bateman is making difference in Mobile. She has helped “build a dream” there and guided her students as they pursued it, as co-editors of The Mohian Michaela Allen and Chiante’ McWilliams put it.



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