SCJEA's very own Mitch Ziegler, Redondo Union High School, earned a Medal of Merit through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Ziegler, along with the six other recipients, will receive this honor at the National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 18.
From the JEA website: Mitch Ziegler, CJE, may be an expert in all areas of journalism and photojournalism, as nominator Mary Kay Downes, MJE, said, but his contributions extend far beyond his knowledge. As a current member and former president of Southern California JEA, Mitch has helped support journalism in Southern California. As an extension of that group, he chaired the Anaheim JEA/NPSA national convention in 2008, and he helped the local committees for both the 2011 and 2016 conventions. Mitch is a true professional, continually seeking to improve his skills as a teacher and photographer, and an amazing friend and colleague, nominator Brenda Gorsuch, MJE, said.
From all of us at SCJEA, congratulations to Mitch!
Note: Gil Chesterton's passing was reported by his daughter, via Facebook, on May 18, 2017.
Room 253 is not my favorite because it’s my classroom; in fact, it may be one of the worst classrooms on campus. There are no windows. It is beneath the cafeteria, which leads to all types of nauseating smells throughout the year. And, it is tucked into a cubbyhole in a random hallway off the second floor patio; it seems that no one can ever find where we are.
Room 253 is my favorite room because it was where I spent three of my four years at Beverly working on the very same Watchtower yearbook I now advise, under the advisership of a very talented teacher to whom I look up to a great deal: Mr. Chesterton (who we all fondly called Mr. C). For the past 10 years of my educational career, I’ve run each of my publications just as Mr. C had. He created a student-centered classroom where kids were empowered to run their publications in the way that they saw best. He sat quiet, all-knowing in his office where he could keep a watchful eye, making sure we were making ethically and legally sound choices while following the high standards of journalism he had taught us.
It didn’t matter which crowd we ran with when we were in Room 253. It didn’t matter if we were on the newspaper, yearbook or broadcast; Mr. C ensured we were all friends, and we were all accepted as we were when we tucked into those doors.
And for three years, I got to create an amazing yearbook cherished by so many Normans. A legacy that still lives on, 90 years after the original publication. And for three years, I was inspired by a quiet, yet strong and incredibly wise teacher. I modeled my publication management style on his, and within two years of advising the yearbook at South Gate High School, the students went from unknown to award-winning. And now, I get to sit in that very room, every day until we move into “cottages”, knowing that I get to carry on the legacy that was once Mr. C’s. Knowing, hoping, that Room 253 is a safe welcoming place for students who love our school’s publications just as much as I did, as much as I do.
So, today, on yearbook distribution day and the year’s final issue of Highlights, I’d like to say thank you Room 253 and Mr. C, for being my home and my yearbook dad for three years as a Norman student. It brings me great joy to know that you were honored this past year by the Journalism Education Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award—I’m so happy I could do that for you before you left this world. Mr. C, you will be greatly missed. You touched so many lives, students who went on to become journalists or not, but who will remember your legacy all the same.
-Gaby Herbst, CJE
Beverly Hills High School Journalism and English Depts.
The California Journalism and Media Affiliation presented its first-ever Nick Ferentinos Award for Advising Excellence to SCJEA President Lacey Hatfield (Public Service Community High School) on March 12.
While she was working as a new newspaper adviser in South Central, Hatfield worked with Ferentinos at the National High School Journalism Convention in Denver.
"Nick taught me so much that day and got me excited about journalism. He had such a major impact not only on the kids he taught, but on the kids I taught. If it were not for Steve and Nick that day I would never have joined SCJEA let alone be its President," Hatfield said. "I am honored to have won this award because was such an inspiration and I can only aspire to have to the impact he has."
Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Advisers were recognized at the National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Florida on Nov. 14.
SCJEA member Mitch Ziegler (Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach) was recognized as a Distinguished Adviser. Ziegler currently advises the High Tide newspaper and the Pilot yearbook, in addition to teaching photography.