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SEMSPA holds workshop for high school journalists


Southeast Missouri Student Press Association, or SEMSPA, sponsored Thursday's workshop for future journalists, yearbook staff members and high school reporters.

More than 250 high schoolers from all over the Heartland attended and got a chance to see journalism up close and personal on Southeast Missouri State University's campus.

KFVS' Holly Brantley and Laura Wibbenmeyer were honored to be part of the event today, along with many other speakers.  Some speaking about broadcast, others about print, and some talking about how to make their yearbooks top notch this year.  Organizers and students say this 38th annual workshop was a success.

"We just try to inspire the kids that they can have fun while they are working on their yearbooks and newspapers and also put out a great product," said SEMSPA co-President, Pat Kuper.

"It's easy to think about journalism, but you learn more in depth about what they do," said high schooler Summer Becquette.  "So, I learned a lot about that and it made me more interested."

Some friendly competitions also took place at the workshop.  Here are the first place winners in some of the categories.

-Yearbook Cover: Jackson
-Yearbook Spread: Cape Central
-Newspaper Cover/Front Page: Cape Central Newspaper
-Layout: Cape Central Student
-Life Photography: Jackson Sports
-Photography: Jackson
-Academic Photography: Oran
-Write Off: Cape Central:
-Current Events: Fredericktown

Cape Central took home the grand prize, the sweepstakes trophy. 

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