Senior wins top state award for journalism
Minnehaha Academy senior Maddie Binning was named Minnesotaâ€™s â€œJournalist of the Year,â€ an award given annually in each state by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).
To be considered for the honor, high school journalists across the nation collected pieces of their work and compiled them into online portfolios.
To meet JEA requirements, students were encouraged to provide work samples in 11 categories, including writing, editing, design, web and photojournalism. When submitted, all online portfolios were judged and one winner was selected from each state.
In Minnesotaâ€™s case, Binning was crowned by Journalism Educators of Minnesota, JEAâ€™s local branch.
â€œItâ€™s nice to know that people appreciate the work that I do,â€ she said.
Binning, editor-in-chief of the Talon newspaper, will continue her study of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.
â€œSheâ€™s humble,â€ said Meena Morar, sophomore staff writer for the Talon. â€œShe doesnâ€™t broadcast all of the things that she does, so you donâ€™t even realize the multitude of things she does do.â€
Along with the honor of being heralded as Minnesotaâ€™s finest journalist, Binning was also given a $500 scholarship, which she plans to put toward her college education.
She does not see this award as a conclusion to her high school journalism career, but rather, a continuation of a life-long passion, which includes photography as well as reporting and writing.
â€œThis is just a dot on the timeline,â€ Binning said. â€œItâ€™s just a reinforcement of my desire to continue on in journalism. Itâ€™s just a way of encouraging myself to keep going, to know that the work Iâ€™m doing is valuable. It just helps me to know that Iâ€™m on the right path.â€