PORTLAND -- Grant High School journalism students are back at work this week after earning a national award in New York City during spring break.
“We got a Gold Crown from the Columbia University Press Association – it’s one of the highest honors in journalism,” explained volunteer teacher and former Oregonian reporter Dave Austin.
The award is for the school magazine which comes out every month during the school year.
“When you’re at Columbia and they say you’re one of the best in the country, it’s like, WOW!” exclaimed one of the magazine’s editors Alex Gerald.
Two dozen students made the trip to the Big Apple after raising more than $40,000 to cover the cost. They also paid a visit to a newsroom they hold in high regard. “The New York Times, that’s as good as it gets. It was pretty amazing,” said Grant Magazine reporter Max Tapogna.
“We went to the newsroom and met with some of their top editors and even got some feedback on the magazine,” recalled Austin. The publication is only in its third year but students have no doubt about why it’s worthy of national recognition.
“It’s a lot of work before, during and after school and there are some times we work three or four days straight,” remarked Editor Luke Bolton.
“This class teaches you so much we’ll use in life. You really find out what you can do by yourself,” added Editor Maya Montgomery.