MJ student honored as high school media advisor

Master of Journalism student Susan Houseman, journalism teacher and adviser of newspaper and television at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., was one of four teachers cited by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund for “Special Recognition” as a journalism adviser Nov. 14.

She was honored during an awards luncheon at the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association’s national convention.  More than 6,400 high students and advisers attended the three-day event.

After the luncheon, Houseman moved to an adjacent auditorium packed with convention attendees for the announcement of national awards to the high school journalists and student media.

There, The Spoke, the Conestoga High School newspaper she co-advises, was named a Pacemaker newspaper, the top national award of JEA and NSPA.  In addition, two of her students who successfully engineered a campaign to stop censorship restrictions received the national Courage in Student Journalism Award from the Student Press Law Center.

If that wasn’t enough to make Houseman proud, Henry Rome, The Spoke’s 2008-2009 editor-in-chief, was honored as the 2009 Journalism Student of the Year. Rome’s investigative piece published last spring earned him top prize for the best news story, a work so impressive that he also was awarded the Brasler Prize for the best student work selected from among all first place winners in all journalism categories. He also won the top award in the category of Multimedia Package. Seth Zwiefler, this year’s editor-in-chief, won first place for the best Feature Story of 2008-2009. Conestoga students were among the award recipients in several other categories, as well.