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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02

NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: OCTOBER 31, 2001

NEWS MEDIA RECOGNIZED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORTS

The North Carolina Association of Educators and the Public Schools of North Carolina awarded 26 media outlets in North Carolina with the 2001 School Bell Award for increasing understanding of public schools.

The awards were presented tonight by State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk, State Superintendent Mike Ward, NCAE President Carolyn McKinney, and NCAE Vice-President Eddie Davis III. The awards were presented at a banquet held at the Sheraton Imperial, Research Triangle Park.

Awards were presented to newspapers, radio and television stations for work produced during the 2000-01 school year. From among approximately 100 entries, judges selected 24 entries for School Bell Awards and 12 entries for honorable mention recognition. Judges were from the business and government sectors.

The School Bell Awards program was created to recognize the media for their efforts to increase public understanding of the public schools in this state. This is the third year for the awards program.


School Bell Award winners for 2001 are:

Newspapers - Over 30,000 Circulation

Single Feature

Winner:

The Independent Weekly, Damien Jackson, staff writer. "On the Bubble: The Questionable Role of High-Stakes Testing in North Carolina Classrooms."

The Fayetteville Observer, Jessica Banov, staff writer. "Schools Pitch the Hard Sell."

Spot News

Winner:

Greensboro News and Record, Bruce Buchanan, education reporter. "Change Inflates Testing Results."

Honorable Mention:

The Fayetteville Observer. Fayetteville Observer staff. Jessica Banov, staff writer, accepting. "I-95 Nightmare."

News Series

Winner:

The Herald Sun, Rebecca E. Eden, education reporter. "Teaching 101."

Honorable Mention:

The Winston-Salem Journal, Dawn Ziegenbalg, education reporter. "A Measure of Success: Inside North Carolina's Charter Schools."

Newspapers - Under 30,000 Circulation

Single Feature

Winner:

Salisbury Post, Brad Hodges, reporter. "Exceptional, Not Excluded."

Honorable Mention:

The Daily Advance, Mariel Betancourt, education reporter. "She Hears America Singing," and, "Seniors Learn Problem-Solving with Projects."

Spot News

Winner:

The Wilson Daily Times, Margaret Stair, staff writer. "Daniels Elementary Struggling with Its New Role."

News Series

Winner:

The Daily Reflector, Glenda Jakubowski, reporter. "Making the Grade."

Honorable Mention:

The Pilot, Sara Lindau, education reporter. "New Teacher Excited, a Little Nervous."

Editorials

Winner:

The Sampson Independent, Sherry L. Matthews, editor. "Lakewood Does an Exemplary Job."

On-Going Education Coverage

Winner:

The Courier Tribune, Kathi Keys, education reporter. "Back to School - 2001."

The Salisbury Post, Brad Hodges, reporter. "Back to School."

Honorable Mention:

Salisbury Post, Brad Hodges, reporter. "Graduation."

Newspapers - Tri/Bi/Weekly

Single Feature

Winner:

The News Reporter, Fuller Royal, staff writer; Bill White, staff photographer. "School Offers Last Chance for Students."

Honorable Mention:

The Courier Times, Phyliss Boatwright, staff writer/education reporter. "He's Your Bus Driver."

Spot News

Winner:

Carteret County News-Times, Cheryl Burke, education reporter/photographer. "Schools Try to Close Gap."

Honorable Mention:

The Courier Times, Phyliss Boatwright, staff writer/education reporter. "Schools Tout Tip-line for Students to Report Safety Concerns."

News Series

Winner:

Carteret County News-Times, Cheryl Burke, education reporter/photographer. "School Officials Pinning Hopes on Bond Issue."

Honorable Mention:

The Courier Times, Phylliss Boatwright, staff writer/education reporter. "A New Beginning at Stories Creek."

Editorials

Winner:

The News Reporter, Fuller Royal, education reporter. "A Last Hope for Many Students."

Honorable Mention:

The Mooresville Tribune, Michael F. Roessler, reporter. "Defining Citizenship."

On-Going Education Coverage

Winner:

Lincoln Times-News, Tara Manjarres, reporter. "Books Showing Age at LHS Library."

Honorable Mention:

Gates County Index, Helene C. Knight, news editor. "On-Going Education Coverage."

RADIO

Single Feature

Winner:

WFAE FM 90.7, Amy Quinton, reporter. "Court Ruling Aftermath."

Honorable Mention:

WUNC FM 91.5, Jessica Jones, reporter. "Testing Special ED Students."

Spot News

Winner:

WUNC FM 91.5, Jessica Jones, reporter. "Math Test Mistake."

News Series

Winner:

WWGP AM 1050, Margaret Murchison, news/public affairs director. "Local Superintendent Gives Tips for a Successful School Year."

Editorials

Winner:

WFNC AM 640, Jeff Thompson, news director. "County Budget Reconciliation."

On-Going Education Coverage

Winner:

WFAE FM 90.7, Amy Quinton, reporter. "Desegregation Issue."

In-Depth Program

Winner:

WFDD FM 88.5, Larry Schooler, reporter. "Charter Schools."

TELEVISION

News Series

Winner:

WFMY TV 2, Lechelle Yates, reporter; Jeff Skordas, photographer. "Who's Driving Your Kids � Part I," and "Who's Driving Your Kids - Part II."

On-Going Education Coverage

Winner:

WGHP-TV 8, Carol Andrews, news anchor; Matt Jensen, photojournalist. "What's Right with Our Schools - Wilson Media Center."

In-Depth Program

Winner:

UNC Center for Public Television, Donna Campbell, producer; Georgann Eubanks, writer; Julia Cox, supervising producer. "Something in Common."

Honorable Mention

WFMY TV 2, Diana Rugg, reporter; Bill Welch, photographer; Arch Embler, photographer. "Making the Pay Grade."

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


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