Journalism/Talisman & Yearbook

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2015 - Talisman awarded consecutive Pacemaker award finalist

The BHS Journalism Program produces a school newspaper called The Talisman that is award winning and nationally recognized.

For the second year in a row the Ballard Talisman was nominated as a Pacemaker finalist in the Tabloid category from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) which is considered the highest honor for a scholastic newspaper in the country. Many consider the Pacemaker award as the high school equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for professional newspapers. It marks the second Pacemaker nomination in the school’s history.

Staff editors submitted 5 issues that judges critiqued based on the following: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

In addition, each year we also have state and national award-winning writers, photographers, artists, designers and reporters—some of whom later earn journalism honors status (all of which are worthy additions to any college application). Former members of our staff include the Washington state journalist of the year, Anna Ferkingstad, a nationally nominated page designer, Evan Bunnage, and a nationally honored arts writer. Staff members compete both at the state and national level in many areas of newspaper production, often while we attend national conventions all over the country.

The Talisman has had students receive story and design of the year nominations from the NSPA. Most recently, graduated managing editor Greta Rainbow’s story, “Teaching the arts,” was nominated for story of the year. She also won third place in the Edward R. Murrow high school competition for her news story, “Vapor Store Opens Steps Away From School.” The Talisman also won first place as the best website at the Murrow competition.

In 2014, the staff (top photo above) received 2nd place in the country for Design of the Year in the NSPA Newsmagazine category. The newspaper, over the last few years, has also placed in the top ten in the best of show competition at two different JEA national conventions.


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There are many updated articles on the Talisman Website of late and two Talisman staff members testified in the House Education Committee hearing on the student free speech bill SB5064 this week.  You can listen to their testimony here.  Feature editor Eleanor Dudley and political reporter Oscar Zahner testify around 1:02:00, and their testimony lasts about 2 minutes.  

Additional articles include Story on blind Iranian student's success | Q & A with two-time state wrestler, sophomore Jeremy Miyake | Gymnastics competes at the state tournament | Cheer takes 1st place at state | Coverage of the women's march in Washington state | Article on the New athletic director and activity coordinator, Jason Thurston | Q & A with socialist council member Kshama Sawant | Behind the scenes making Les Misérables


Journalist Writing Class - Newspaper Production

Newspaper Production combines journalist writing with photography, advertising, budgeting, design and electronic media. The ultimate goal is the production of the School Newspaper, The Talisman. Students learn about the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the responsibilities of the press to inform, the ethical responsibility of truthfulness, fairness, accuracy and objectivity, and other principles as well as practical skills of analytical writing, layout, word processing, computer skills, and general paper production.


Journalist Writing Class - Yearbook Production

Yearbook Production combines journalist writing with photography, advertising, budgeting, design and electronic media. The ultimate goal is the production of the School Yearbook, The Shingle. Students learn about the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the responsibilities of the press to inform, the ethical responsibility of truthfulness, fairness, accuracy and objectivity, and other principles as well as practical skills of analytical writing, layout, word processing, computer skills, and general paper production.

Yearbook, Senior Pictures & Senior Grad Ad Information pdf icon 

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