Winners of the REALLY? News Literacy PSA Contest

January 9, 2012 We are so grateful to all the students and advisers who worked so hard on our REALLY? PSA entries. They showed real understanding of how to find the truth in the deluge of information from our cell phones, computers, TVs, radios; newspapers, magazines yes, and even best friends.

This is our final project for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Our thanks to them for many years of support.  Thanks also to our REALLY? News Literacy Team: Award-winning Journalism Educator Carol Lange, and Candace Bowen and John Bowen of Kent State University and Veteran Journalist Wally Dean of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Special thanks to Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute who developed our REALLY? webinar and to the staffers at SchoolTube, who have produced all the video contests for the RTDNF High School Broadcast Journalism Project. 

Judges were veteran video teachers Phil Harris and Janet Kerby and Carol Knopes, of RTDNF’s High School Broadcast Journalism Project.

And the Winners Are...

High School Winner – ‘Riley’  

Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Students: Jenna Chiaraluce, Xana Gilman, Denae McGaha      

Adviser: Chris Douthitt

High School Runner Up – ‘REALLY? PSA Contest’

Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC

Students: Ryan Long, Mark Caponigro, Sawyer Bengston

Adviser: Karin McKemey

High School Honorable Mention – ‘REALLY? REALLY?’

World Journalism Prepatory School, Flushing, NY

Students: Gabby Cestone, Abigail Bogle 

Adviser: Melissa Robinson

Middle School Winner ‘Finding the Truth’

Amherst Middle School, Amherst, NY

Students: Brian Zapfel, Tom Greco

Adviser Rob Zdrojewski


  • High School REALLY? PSA winners will receive $1,000 for the student producers and $1,000 for the school’s media program.
  • High School Runner Up will receive $500 for student producers and $500 for the school’s media program. 
  • Middle School Winner will receive $250 for the student producers and $250 for the school’s media program.

                                         -- Carol Knopes 


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