The Center for Journalism and Multimedia
Lakewood High School
- We were a winner of the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker award for 2015, one of the most prestigious in scholastic journalism.
- We re-designed our newspaper, from tabloid style to broadsheet, doubling the size of each edition and making it more magazine style. We publish three editions, including one just one week into the school year. Publishing fewer, larger editions, allowed us to concentrate more on updating the web with daily news, which is the direction real-world news organizations are going.
- The Spartan News Network has launched its new website after two of our web editors spent the majority of a semester migrating material from our old site to our new site and developing a new web manual.
- We now have two social media editors whose job is to put out information on Twitter as well as Facebook.
- Our newsroom was named in honor of our founding journalism coordinator, who died in May. We now work in the The Cynda Mort Newsroom, and thanks to Steve Plummer and the district CTAE office, we have all new furniture (tables, desks, chairs), as well as a cart full of brand-new laptops.
- The Tampa Bay Times allowed one of its photojournalists to take a sabbatical and teach the entire first semester last year while our multimedia teacher was out on maternity leave.
- We went on several field trips, including one to the Tampa Bay Times where students were invited to sit in on the morning news meeting, and two to downtown businesses, allowing student journalists to do real-world interviews and make photographs.
- We hosted about 10 journalists from Azerbaijan last years. Students participated in a panel discussion - with interpreters - with the journalists, an eye-opening experience that brought to them a much deeper understanding of the freedom of the press we have here.
- Using Skype, our students interviewed David Carson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who won the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism for his coverage of the riots in Ferguson, Mo.
- We received a Silver Crown award from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association as well as the Gold Medal rating for the fifth year in a row.
- We received numerous Florida Scholastic Press Association awards, including five All-Florida awards, the highest award given.
- For the first time, we awarded two seniors The Cynda Mort Outstanding Scholastic Journalist scholarship, each worth $1,000, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Gretchen Letterman from our advisory committee. One student attends USF, the other Eckerd College.
- We have begun an excellent partnership with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s journalism and media studies department, and thanks to their generosity were able to host our end-of-year awards banquet at their brand new student center in downtown St. Petersburg. Several USF students will be mentoring in our newsroom.
- Two of our juniors earned full scholarships to the University of Florida Summer Journalism Institute thanks to the efforts of our advisory board member Mary Shedden.
- Three of our students spent a week at Poynter Writing Camp this summer, also with scholarships, thanks to the efforts of Wend Weyen of the Poynter Institute.
- The Journeys in Journalism Advisory Committee, a community support group for the program, has a goal of planning professional internships for every CJAM student during their time in the program.