Why Conventions Matter
Are you running into some obstacles at your school regarding convention travel? We know that field trip restrictions are tighter than ever, and we're here to help. Download this PDF to share with your administrators as you seek travel approval. This one-page document promotes the benefits of JEA/NSPA national conventions and might help showcase why conventions offer essential learning experiences — for teachers and students — beyond the regular classroom.
JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention
The National High School Journalism Convention is a semi-annual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by National Scholastic Press Association and its partner, the Journalism Education Association. The associations partner to prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA’s on-site Write-off contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career roundtables and evening entertainment.
Breakout sessions for students from all media types — newspaper, online, broadcast, yearbook and magazine — are planned to meet the publishing and broadcasting needs of all scholastic student media. Some are specifically for advisers, administrators or middle school students. Whether it’s ethics and law, technology and design, advertising and business operations, photography and art or just the basics of news writing and reporting, this convention covers the bases.
With typical attendance of more than 4,000 delegates, the JEA/NSPA convention has become the place to seek solutions to the most challenging publishing and broadcasting problems, share and celebrate success stories, see what’s new in the media marketplace, discover trends and network with students and advisers from throughout the United States.
About the site:
The spring convention is held in a major city in the West, while the fall convention is held in a major city in the Midwest, South or East. Each convention is typically self-contained at a large convention hotel. Sometimes, the hotel configuration will require the convention to use additional space in an adjacent convention center. A majority of attendees will come from the region, including a substantial number from the metro area.
Upcoming JEA/NSPA convention dates/sites:
- Nov. 6-9, 2014, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. (Download brochure PDF)
- April 16-20, 2015, Sheraton, Denver
- Nov. 12-16, 2015, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Orlando
NSPA Summer Journalism Workshops
High School Journalism Workshops
July 18-20, 2014
University of Minnesota
Join us in Minneapolis this July, and get the skills you need to be the best leader, writer, designer, photographer, Web manager or adviser for the 2014-15 year!
The NSPA Summer Workshops is a gathering of high school journalists and advisers, with a focus on essential skills and training in preparation for the coming school year.
About the site:
Workshops are self-contained on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis, using campus buildings for classes, computer labs and dorm housing. The campus is also home to NSPA's headquarters.
The latest forms and brochures in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader):
Yearbook Pacemaker/Online Pacemaker - Jan. 15, 2014
Journalism Honor Roll/Wikoff Scholarships - Feb. 28, 2014
Newspaper Pacemaker - June 13, 2014
Individual Awards (Story of the Year/Photo Excellence/ Design of the Year/Cartooning - June 13, 2014
Broadcast Pacemaker/Broadcast Story of the Year - June 17, 2014
Best of the High School Press - July 15, 2014
JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, San Diego - April 10-13, 2014
NSPA Summer Journalism Workshops, Minneapolis - July 18-20, 2014