GJHS newspaper earns national honors

GJHS newspaper earns national honors
Posted on 04/08/2020
Grand Junction High School view from 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO - Congratulations to the Grand Junction High School student newspaper, the Orange & Black, for earning the 2020 Student Journalism Impact Award from the Journalism Education Association and Quill & Scroll International!

The Orange & Black staff, led by GJHS teacher Megan Fromm, earned the award for their multi-page, in-depth reporting about the condition of Grand Junction High School. Their reporting called attention to foundational, safety, and other issues with the now-64-year-old building ahead of the 2019 Bond Measure, which included funding to replace the school. While the bond measure ultimately failed, the students' work surely led many voters to see myriad issues inside the building and helped narrow the margin of near-victory.

The Orange & Black staff had been scheduled to receive the award in person at a national journalism conference this week, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is an incredible and bittersweet honor that they would have received in person, on a stage in front of 3,000 of their peers, had we been able to attend our national journalism conference in Nashville this week," Dr. Fromm said.

For more information, please visit the Journalism Education Association website at http://jea.org/wp/blog/2020/04/14/2020-impact-award-winners/.
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