Bill of Rights earns Spotlight international recognition


Staff report

Spotlight’s first print issue of the year brought home a second place award for team reporting from Youth Journalism International this past weekend.

“This project breaks down complex questions about the rights of American citizens in a very approachable manner,” judges said of the September 22 issue (pictured here). “We appreciated hearing young journalists consider questions about freedom of speech – including whether it is a right extended to student-run press organizations – and grapple with the role of the press in today’s world. The best articles included local reporting, including one debate teacher’s reflections on freedom of speech. The photos and other media, such as posters drawn by students, were perfect accompaniments to the stories.”

The second place award highlighted a weekend that included 15 awards in Ball State’s annual high school J-Day competition and three other awards from Youth Journalism International.

The September 22 issue previously was awarded the David Adams Award from the Indiana High School Press Association. Adams was a longtime professor at Indiana University who was a champion of First Amendment rights.

Ball State winners included: — honorable mention web site overall
Atzel Nunez — excellent cartoon/ed comic
Atzel Nunez — honorable mention cover design
Adrian Reese — excellent for sports page design
Denise Gimlich — honorable mention feature story
Brentton Wharton — honorable mention sports story
Allison Flores — honorable mention book review
Anna Eggers — honorable mention opinion story
Amina Dalal — honorable mention opinion story
Mariangel Morales — honorable mention opinion story
Spotlight staff — excellent for editorial writing
Spotlight staff — honorable mention editorial writing
Sydney Brown — superior for yearbook design
Toren Hartog — honorable mention for personality feature
Anna Eggers — honorable mention photo illustration
Youth Journalism International winners included:
Anna Eggers — first place first-person opinion piece for “Dealing with the virus”
Spotlight staff — second place team reporting for “Bill of Rights”
Tom Hayes — runner-up Journalism Educator of the Year
Spotlight staff — honorable mention editorial writing for “And in the future…”

Youth Journalism International is an organization based in Maine that supports scholastic journalism efforts worldwide. Last year Eggers was named runner-up for YJI student journalist of the year, an award won in 2018 by BD alum Evelyn Sanchez.