Harris to discuss sportswriting at conference
Baldwin High School journalism teacher Kit Harris recently received the honor of being asked to speak at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Conference on Friday. The conference is held on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Harris is in his second year as journalism adviser at his alma mater, BHS. While attending Baldwin High, he placed first in Class 4A sportswriting at the KSPA State contest. He attended Baker University where he was assistant sports editor and sports editor for The Orange, the student newspaper. He was a Mass Communications Departmental Award winner and was named Staff Member of the Year in his first year on staff as a freshman. As a senior, Harris received the Outstanding Journalism Graduate Award.
He also served as student Sports Information Director and worked in the KU Sports Information Office, writing and contributing to the office's publications, in addition to media coordinating duties for KU basketball games. While working at KU, Harris contributed to the football and basketball programs, as well as other KU Athletic publications, and did research. He conducted interviews with high school coaches of Jacque Vaughn and Scott Pollard, and assisted in coordinating media services for basketball games at Allen Field House and at Kemper Arena.
While in high school, Harris was an overseas correspondent while attending school in Australia for a year and also interned in the media office for a professional rugby team while there.
Before coming to Baldwin, Harris was a journalism teacher at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka. He was also asked to speak at a similar conference at Kansas State University the day before the KU conference, but turned down the offer due to being concerned about missing too much instructional time in his own classroom. He offered to speak at the K-State conference next year if asked.
The KSPA Fall Conference is an annual journalism workshop held at KU. There are 1,100 high school student journalists from around Kansas expected to be in attendance this year. Twenty-three BHS students will attend.
Harris was asked to speak by John Hudnall, Head of the KU Journalism Department and also the KSPA Director. Harris will be speaking from 10-11 a.m. on "The Art of Sportswriting."
"It's a very helpful conference. When I went last year I got a lot of good ideas to take back to the yearbook and newspaper staffs," said Josh Gipp, BHS senior and newspaper staff member.
At the KSPA Conference, students attend various sessions throughout the day that will help them in the production of their yearbooks and/or newspapers. Some examples of the topics for sessions include photography, layout/design, sports and feature writing, as well as theme development.
"I'm honored to speak at this conference. This workshop provides a great service for many student journalists. It did for me when I was in school. I am glad to be a part of it," Harris said.