Four teachers who show promise as up-and-coming advisers will receive the Journalism Education Association’s Rising Star Award, which recognizes their commitment to scholastic journalism and student media advising. They will be honored at Nov. 18 at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas.
The individuals who will be recognized are Tiffany Cavicchia, Mooresville (North Carolina) High School; Annette Deming, Don Antonio Lugo High School, Chino, California; Sarah-Anne Lanman, Munster (Indiana) High School; and Kathleen “Kate” Plows, Malvern (Pennsylvania) Preparatory School.
Sarah-Anne Lanman, CJE, has had journalism in her blood for a while. After serving as an editor-in-chief for her high school yearbook, it was only fitting she move into the publications director position at her former high school in 2013.
Since then, Lanman has continued encouraging the tradition of excellence for both the newspaper and the yearbook programs.
“My program usually has two goals,” Lanman said. “One, to make sure to meet the needs and wants of the reader, and two, to improve upon what’s been done in the past.”
Lanman has the same expectations for herself as she has continued to educate herself in current journalism trends while also sharing those at conventions when she has the opportunity to teach.
“Sarah-Anne trains responsible student journalists who aren’t afraid to tackle issues and cover topics important to their readers,” nominator Nancy Hastings, MJE, said. “She has trained her staffs to be professional, competent journalists.”