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Beak ‘n’ Eye summer journalism camp sponsorships

Do you want good news? Invest in the future of journalism by sponsoring a newspaper staff member.

If the journalism program at Davenport West, particularly the student-run newspaper the “Beak ‘n’ Eye” made a difference in your life, or if you would like to make a difference in the life of someone currently on the newspaper staff, then sponsoring a newspaper staff member(s) is your chance to make that difference.

The goal for the 2019 summer was to send a few staffers to the Media Now! summer journalism camp at Drake University. Thanks to some very generous and supportive sponsors, we are able to send four staff members this summer: 2019-2020 managing editor Sophia Iniguez, 2019-2020 print editor Laurence Walker, and new reporters Katie Giebelstein, Mia McDavitt, and Marissa Mendez!

We were able to send two staffers to Media Now! for the summer of 2018, and their work has been next level because of their experience there. In fact, staff is in the running this year for All-Iowa News Team of 2019 through the Iowa High School Press Association(IHSPA), not to mention the countless Best of School Newspaper Online awards, Quill and Scroll honors and awards, and the IHSPA awards and recognition that staff has earned over the course of this school year.

Interested in sponsoring newspaper students in the future? Email adviser Alissa Hansen at [email protected]. We are planning to make this an annual sponsorship program.

Graphic made by Aiden Rushing and Emma Day with


2019 Journalism Camp Recipients

2019-2020 managing editor Sophia Iniguez

2019-2020 print editor Laurence Walker

Reporters Katie Giebelstein, Mia McDavitt, and Marissa Mendez

2019 Sponsorship Donor Honor Roll

Thanks to all those that have donated to the sponsorship program. This summer alone sponsors have given $1,770 worth of donations to deserving newspaper students to attend a prestigious summer journalism camp in order to rethink and revamp their publications. These students now have the opportunity to improve some of their individual skill sets, from writing, photography, and design, that will help them the following school year and inevitably in whatever path they pursue after high school.

Gold Sponsors:

  1. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous
  2. Lisa Wilcox
Published with permission by Lisa Wilcox
Lisa Wilcox graduated from West High School in 1975. She was managing editor of the “Beak ‘n’ Eye” her senior year, and news editor her junior year.
Lisa Wilcox is an engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working as a Technical Project Manager on U.S. Air Force programs.
On the importance of scholastic journalism:
“Journalism is key to having informed citizens. Some in the public eye want to characterize journalists as the bad guys, and we need to continue to combat that image. Providing an opportunity for students to develop the skills to use the latest and greatest media outlets effectively will encourage those talented young people to continually refine their skills.  Good, ethical reporting, in any media, can be a powerful force for change.









Silver Sponsors: 

  1. Pam and Matthew Clemens
  2. An anonymous donor

Bronze Sponsors:

  1. Marcia Jensen
  2. Sara Jensen
  3. Christine Krayenhagen-Linz
  4. Lucinda Feeney Resnick
  5. Jan Touney
  6. Toni Cepican
  7. Amy Bytnar
  8. Bre Kristine Proehl
  9. Three anonymous donors


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Beak ‘n’ Eye summer journalism camp sponsorships