NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School English and journalism teacher Jennifer Magliaro was recently named the recipient of a 2016 School Communications Award from the New Jersey School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA).
NJSPRA’s School Communication Awards recognize the state’s professional school communicators and the products they develop that go above and beyond to disseminate important messages to their various stakeholders. The submissions were judged by professors at Rowan University’s College of Communication and Creative Arts and announced during a meeting May 20.
For 2016, awards are given out in seven different categories: marketing, branding, image; newsletter; media relations-human interest; social media; special interest publication; video; and website. Magliaro received second place in the media relations – human interest category for her role in establishing and facilitating a relationship with TAPinto North Plainfield and a group of North Plainfield High School senior interns.
“It’s an honor to accept this award on behalf of the students and the district,” said Magliaro. “It really highlights the work that the students have done this year and the connection between our program and TAPinto.”
In fall 2015, Magliaro met with editors from TAPinto to discuss the possibility of having high school students serve as interns for the daily, online, hyperlocal newspaper. Four seniors were selected for the internship program and, over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, the students, have been writing human interest articles for publication.
Through the internship, the students are garnering journalism skills such as interviewing, editing and writing. Stories submitted by the students to date include profiles on administrators, teachers and coaches and features on school programs, clubs, plays and athletic events.
“The TAPinto internship arrangement provides the students with a unique opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom and at the same time share information about our district with the community,” said Magliaro.
For the competition, Magliaro was required to fill out an application and submit copies of the students’ published articles. “The students participating in this internship program have gained valuable knowledge and experience and it has been a pleasure to watch them grow in their writing and in their passion for the subject,” she said.
Magliaro, a resident of Somerset County, is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she received a bachelor’s degree in English Education. She began her teaching career in North Plainfield, taking on a position at the high school in 2008. In addition to teaching English and journalism, Magliaro also serves as the advisor for Tunlaw, the school’s student newspaper.
NJSPRA is a state chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), nationally recognized for its efforts on behalf of school public relations professionals. Members include public relations and communications professionals, as well as superintendents, administrators, board members, principals, teachers, and consultants, all of whom benefit from the wealth of information and networking that is available. For additional information, visit http://www.njspra.com.
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