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.
The Talisman recently (November 2016) updated the ballardtalisman.com
with articles from this year.
The updated website includes two articles on Ballard's Athletic Director Carrie Burr who is now a new Assistant Principal at Ballard.
The site also includes coverage of the student post-election walkout with a link to a short video story on the walk-out. This is the first year that the Talisman has video news coverage!
In addition, there is coverage of the Freshmen elections on the website.
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