McClintock journalism adviser wins AIPA Adviser of Year award

Karen Crane

McClintock High School’s longtime journalism adviser Karen Crane was named the Forest Martin Experienced Adviser of the Year by the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association.

Karen has been advising McClintock’s student newspaper, The Guidon, for over 20 years. Throughout her tenure, her students have won local and national awards for published works, pursued college degrees in journalism and worked professionally in the news and communications industry.

After graduating from Arizona State with a degree in journalism, she began teaching English and journalism at McClintock in 1987. She incorporated news writing, basic photography, page layout and other skills into her curriculum to produce a monthly paper. She has since lead the program to transition from a print publication to an online news site, keeping up with the changing landscape of digital journalism.

Karen now primarily serves as an academic coach for new teachers at McClintock, while also juggling two publications: Journalism and Film and TV, as part of the Career and Technical Education department.

Her Film and TV class focuses on teaching students the basics of video production while creating weekly video announcements that are shown across campus. She works with the journalism club to update the news site with stories, photos, videos and other multimedia elements.

Every year, Karen takes her students on trips across the country to participate in high school journalism conventions hosted by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Students learn writing and editing tips and newsroom leadership skills, as well as network with professionals in the industry.

AIPA only recognizes two advisers each school year through the Freeman Hover New Adviser of the Year Award and the Forest Martin Experience Adviser Award.

Karen was nominated by and voted on by her peers, though she doesn’t know who nominated her.

"This award means a lot to me, because the recognition comes from my peers," she said.

To see more of Karen’s work, visit The Guidon online at