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Honored Teacher Lets Students Be Journalists

Linda Ballew, adviser to the Iniwa newspaper and Roundup yearbook, was chosen from a field of 26 nominees by a group of professional journalists and educators in September 2005.

Mrs. Ballew believes students are the journalists. She is the counselor, the facilitator and the guide as they discover their own voices. The daughter of a newspaperman, she visited the newsroom often. Yet she said, "If you're not going to censor, then you have to give them the ownership of this. You have to let them know when they've crossed the line. My job is to teach it, but never to do it. Their voice, their newspaper, their yearbook."

The selection panel included: Richard Johns, of Quill and Scroll, Iowa City; Brenda Gorsuch, 2004 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, N.C.; Jeff Cohen, editor, the Houston Chronicle, and chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Education Committee; Diana Mitsu Klos, Senior Project Director, ASNE; and John Hudnall, director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, lecturer at the University of Kansas and head of the Scholastic Journalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Linda Ballew watches two Iniwa editors at work
Photo by Iniwa staff

2005 Teacher
Awards Winners

Teacher of the Year
Linda Ballew
Great Falls (Mont.) High School

Distinguished Advisers
Logan Aimone

Wenatchee (Wash.) High School

Janet Elbom
Lyndon B. Johnson High School
Austin, Texas

Thomas Gayda
North Central High School, Indianapolis, Ind.

Deborah Jepson
Oviedo (Fla.) High School

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Steve Gardiner

Billings High School
Billings, Mont.

Martha Rush
Mounds View (Minn.) High School

Jacqueline Hicks-Grazette
St. Albans School
Washington, D.C.

Sherri Andrews
North Broward (Fla.) Prep School

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