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Kirkwood High School Journalism Program Announced as First Amendment Press Freedom Award School

Students from Kirkwood High School journalism program was one of 28 programs in the country announced by the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society as a First Amendment Press Freedom Award school for 2024. The KHS journalism program includes The Kirkwood Call, KHTV and Pioneer Yearbook.


The award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content. This is the 24th year for the award. KHS has received the prestigious First Amendment Press Freedom Award 23 out of the 24 years it has been issued.


There are more than 175 students involved in KHS Publications programs, which include The Kirkwood Call newsmagazine, Pioneer yearbook and KHTV broadcast.


“Of all of the honors the KHS journalism program has won, this award is the most significant because it recognizes the importance of student-run publications,” said Katie Meyers, KHS journalism advisor. “We are delighted to continue its rich history and legacy.


As in previous years, schools competed for the distinction by first answering questionnaires submitted by an adviser and at least one editor; those who advanced to the next level were asked to provide responses from an administrator, all media advisers and a student editor from each publication. In addition, semifinalists submitted their published district, school and media policies. Schools that won the award the previous year had a more streamlined process in Rounds 1 and 2, but if any of their advisers or supervising administrators changed, they went through the normal Round 2 process.