Student Media at Kapaun Mt. Carmel is a nationally reknown student-led program under the direction of a faculty adviser. There are three main avenues of participation within the department: photography, newsmagazine/website and yearbook. The Paladin newsmagazine and Crusader Yearbook are members of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, and participate in contests, conferences and critiques within those organizations.
Recent awards include a 2017 NSPA Pacemaker for the Paladin, a 2017 CSPA Silver Crown for the Crusader Yearbook, a 2019 KSPA state championship and a 2019 KSPA All-Kansas Critique for the Paladin, in addition to multiple KSPA monthly contest award winners and CSPA Gold Circle Awards.
Below are descriptions of each, but please refer to the Program of Studies for more information.
Photography I is a year-long course designed for beginning photographers. Within the course, students will learn photography history, camera functions, photography techniques, imaging software, and other beginning skills. Additionally, students will experiment with artistic and portrait photography. Students are also assigned to shoot events for KMC publications. After completion of Photography I, students can continue with their study in Publications Photography for either the Crusade staff or Yearbook staff. All photos taken by student photographers are eligible for publication.
Crusade Staff: Paladin newsmagazine & KMCCrusade website:
Journalism II is a student-led course that produces videos, the Paladin newsmagazine and the kmccrusade.com student media website. In this course, students will concentrate on storytelling in whichever format deemed necessary for that story, whether it be a newsmagazine article, website article, photography package or video. Students will have creative license in each of the areas, but will be required to perform all skills of the modern journalist.
The Crusade staff also produces content on social media. Follow them on Instagram (@kmccrusade) and Twitter (@kmccrusade). Check out their website HERE.
Yearbook is a student-led course offered for the production of the yearbook. Students will utilize editing, writing and designing skills through practical application in producing the yearbook. Additionally, students are expected to write articles, complete yearbook pages, and assist with the production of the yearbook until completion.
The yearbook is a fall-delivery book, with students completing the publication in early June. Students receive their copies of the book in mid-August at a student-wide distribution event. Graduated seniors can pick their yearbooks up in the main office during normal business hours beginning in August.