By Mike Myslinski
Linda Plack, Mikki Cichocki-Semo, Rose Aguilar, Lysa Sassman, Ken Tray
News stories about a Fremont teacher whose efforts raised $80,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, how the governor’s Proposition 30 spares school districts from dire new cuts, and student suspension controversies at a San Francisco middle school are among the works honored by CTA’s 54th annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence.
“These journalists captured the successes and challenges that teachers and students experience across the state. Their insights deserve this special recognition,” says CTA President Dean E. Vogel.
The winners were honored at CTA’s State Council of Education May 31. CTA is listing the winners in a full-page advertisement in the July/August issue of Columbia Journalism Review to give them national recognition.
The award is named in honor of the founder of CTA, who was California’s fourth superintendent of public instruction and a crusader for public education. This year’s awards come as CTA celebrates its 150th anniversary. Take a look at some of the winning entries at www.cta.org/mediaawards.
Newspapers: Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle; Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune; Claudia Meléndez Salinas, Monterey County Herald; Richard Bammer, Vacaville Reporter; Heather Murtagh, San Mateo Daily Journal; Shannon Barry, Milpitas Post; Cosmo Garvin, Sacramento News and Review; Dick Sparrer, Los Gatos Weekly-Times; Los Gatos Weekly-Times.
Journals, Magazines, Websites: Anthony Cody, Education Week blogger; Trey Bundy, Bay Citizen in San Francisco; Lisette Mejia, Mission Local; Chelsi Moy, Mission Local; Lisa Schiff, Beyond Chron blog.
Radio: Ana Tintocalis, KQED Public Radio; Rose Aguilar, KALW Public Radio in San Francisco.
Television: Len Ramirez, KPIX-TV (CBS) in San Francisco; Lyanne Melendez, KGO-TV (ABC) in San Francisco; KXTV News 10 (ABC) in Sacramento.