Vogts judging high school journalism competition today

Today I am taking a break from being a paraeducator at U.S.D. 106’s Western Plains High School to do something very near and dear to my heart.

I am helping with judging at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional journalism contest at Wichita State University in Wichita.

This is a high school journalism contest, and I have done judging for it in the past, which was great fun.

I was honored to be asked back again, and this year I am looking forward to it will extra eagerness because I want to become a journalism teacher myself. I look at this as an opportunity to see what high school students do so when I get to teach it I know in what direction to point my own students.

This will also be an opportunity to see old friends from my time as a WSU student, especially the folks down at my old stomping grounds of the student newspaper, The Sunflower.

Not to mention I will get to check up on the student journalists from my old high school, Canton-Galva High School.

I have worked with those students before when they competed in the Scholastic Press Corps competition at the Kansas State Fair. They placed well, so I hope they do well in this contest too.

Don’t worry, though. I won’t be showing any favoritism toward my old high school. While judging, all the entries are coded by numbers. I have no idea with what school the numbers match to. Besides, playing favorites would be wrong and rather unsavory. I want them to win on their own merits and not have the victory cheapened by dishonesty.

Once everything is said and done, I will try to post an update on how CGHS does and follow provide coverage of them competing at the state competition.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.