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    Talisman

    Staff 2019-20

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    Advisor: Michael Smith | mtsmith@seattleschools.org

    Meets: 4th period (Shingle) and 5th period (Talisman)
    Resource: BHS Course Catalog

    Location: SW122, also in SW102 when necessary. In addition to Journalism class, meets before school, at lunch, and after school.


    Journalist Writing Class - Newspaper Production | The Talisman Est 1917

    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.

    The Talisman is Ballard High School's award-winning student-produced newspaper. Subscribe to get all seven issues for the school year., support student media, and stay informed about issues affecting the Ballard community. Subscriptions start at $40.00. In addition if you would like to place an ad in the paper, please contact ballardtally@gmail.com.


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    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. Contact: ballardshingle@gmail.com | Yearbook, Senior Pictures & Grad Ad FLYER



    2019-20 YEARBOOK PRE-SALE Have Ended

    Stay tuned for more details. Due to the pandemic the publisher had to close which means there was a delay in students being able to continue to work on the yearbook. We are hoping the yearbooks will be available this summer. Read more about it on The Talisman student newspaper website article.


    Not sure if you've paid for your yearbook yet? If you paid online, you can check your transaction history/items ON THE PARENT Source/SchoolPay Account (entering the dates for the school year in your search on the website) or you can contact BHS Fiscal Specialist Karen Kazanjian at klkazanjian@seattleschools.org who can look up this information for you.



    Past Talisman Program Highlights!

    Talisman iconTalisman Update

    Shingle Yearbook | March 2019 | The Shingle yearbook staff had several winners at the WA Journalism Education Association (WJEA) competition on March 16, 2019. READ MORE.


    Talisman Update | 2018 | Talisman Reps Free Speech Bill Signing | A handful of Talisman staffers participated in the historic governor’s signing of a free speech rights bill for student journalists. In the attached photo, seniors and Co-Editors-in-Chief Jackson Croy and Eleanor Dudley stand outside the state capitol with state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn (sponsor of the bill), along with senior political correspondent Oscar Zahner. READ MORE.


    Update March 2018 | Talisman coverage of students walk out in March. The coverage includes a podcast with excerpts from speakers, and student voices. In addition, the Talisman was able to interview Gov. Inslee. View the photo slideshow which includes 10 photos from the walkout.


    Talisman Update | 2017 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 | Q & A with socialist council member Kshama Sawant | Behind the scenes making Les Misérables


    Talisman awarded consecutive Pacemaker award finalist | 2015 | 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.