Melanie Pincus has been named the Virginia Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers. Melanie, who is in her second year as editor-in-chief of The Highlander newsmagazine, works with teacher and adviser Lindsay Benedict. Melanie will compete for the Journalism Education Association’s national award this spring.
Judges cited Melanie for her passion for reporting the news and for conducting outreach to middle school students to spread awareness of high school journalism and to provide information about media literacy. She was also praised for her writing style, use of sources, professionalism in reporting about timely topics, skill at editing and providing feedback to colleagues, and keeping lines of communication open with the administration. One judge stated, “Pincus’ portfolio looks like that of a college senior, with internships, awards, and hard news reporting that shows a hunger and knack for telling important stories. She takes stories that might appear mundane, such as teacher salaries, and explains them in a way that her readership will find compelling.”
It is a pleasure to work with Melanie, and this award is well-deserved!