Certificate of attendance available for download

April 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Download and complete this certificate of attendance for the San Diego convention if you need verification for your employer.

Mobile program now available

March 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

JEA/NSPA Spring 2014 has gone mobile using Guidebook.

guidebook_logo_light-300x83We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site at m.guidebook.com.

To get the guide, visit http://guidebook.com/g/hsjSD

Program available for download

March 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm
JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2014 Program – San Diego (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2014 Program – San Diego (PDF)

PDF of the program for the Spring National High School Journalism Convention is available for download. The program includes details on all convention activities, including session listings/descriptions, awards, speaker biographies, hotel maps, special events, keynote speakers, convention officials, sponsors and more.

A printed version of the program will be available for pickup during registration at the convention. Because of last-minute additions, cancellations or changes, please be sure to pick up your copy of “Convention Update” at the registration desk during the convention.

No preregistration is required for individual breakout sessions except for hands-on computer sessions and Thursday preconvention workshops. Seating in each meeting room is limited, and convention officials encourage advisers and students to choose alternate sessions in the event a meeting room fills quickly. Sessions are 50 minutes long, unless otherwise noted, with 10-minute breaks between sessions. All sessions will be at the Hilton Bayfront.

You’ll find a list of publications, schools, individuals and vendors registered to attend here.

Archive: Online chat about the convention

February 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Join the Padres on Saturday night

February 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm

petcoUsher in baseball season with the San Diego Padres as they take on the Detroit Tigers. Just a few blocks from the Hilton Bayfront, the game will take place at Petco Park, beginning at 5:40 p.m on Saturday, April 12. The ticket options below are available:

  • $14 for Upper Pavilion ticket and Food Voucher ($24.75 total value)
  • $23 for Left Field Lower Box ticket and Food Voucher ($45.50 total value)
  • $37.50 for All You Can Eat seats (field level seats and buffet)

An online portal has been set up to purchase tickets. If you want to purchase tickets for more than 10 students, or need more information, please contact Ryan Eifler at 619-795-5162 or reifler@padres.com.

JEA’s Curriculum Initiative leaders to showcase best teaching practices

January 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

JEA-curriculum-initiativeJEA is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a national journalism curriculum based on 14 content areas. Complete with learner objectives, lesson plans, instructional materials, and both formative and summative assessments, including rubrics, this dynamic curriculum is the combined effort of carefully selected journalism educators who will serve as national experts in the 14 skills essential to every journalism program.

Curriculum Initiative sessions with curriculum areas and leaders:

  • 5 steps of revision (Writing Basics: Lori Oglesbee, MJE)
  • Breaking the news budget (News Literacy: Megan Fromm, CJE)
  • Creating ‘first 5’ mini-lessons (Leadership/Team Building: Valerie Kibler, CJE)
  • Dollars and sense (Entrepreneurship: Abrianna Nelson, CJE)
  • Homecoming again? How to keep it fresh (News Writing: Vicki McCash Brennan, CJE)
  • Leadership in editorials (Opinion Writing: Holly Soboroff)
  • Make an impact with dynamic writing (Editing: Linda Ballew, MJE)
  • Mock panel discussion: In touch with fame and fortune (News Gathering: Phil Dignan)
  • Pitching and pulling off an awesome profile (Feature Writing: Shari Adwers, CJE)
  • Principles of design basics (Design: Casandra Workman, CJE)
  • When journalists must navigate ethical situations (Law and Ethics: Lori Keekley, MJE)

Society for News Design Graphics Garage

January 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

sndThe international Society for News Design brings its acclaimed Graphics Garage to JEA/NSPA in San Diego. Taught by Jeff Goertzen, this action-packed, daylong Saturday workshop provides an introduction to the art of data visualization and visual storytelling. Students will learn the fundamental skills of using statistical data to create charts that illustrate ideas and tell stories.

You’ll also learn the basics of visual storytelling with the use of imagery and the software and tools we use to do our work. Preregistration is required for this $30 workshop, and delegates are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, with only two students allowed per school. Only those who register online will be able to sign up for the workshop, which runs 8 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Student multimedia teams sought

January 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

JEA is searching for student teams to come to the convention in San Diego to help create a two-minute public service announcement that addresses the question: “How can being news literate and participating in student media help teenagers to be better citizens and news consumers?”

mccormick-logoThe teams will be led through all aspects of producing a PSA and will join a pre-production discussion on news literacy values and how to approach the project from an informed, literate perspective. Members of each team should have demonstrated multimedia skills and will be expected to interview students at the convention and use on-site footage to produce an innovative, student-centered video that addresses this question in a creative and professional way.

Thanks to a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, each school will be provided $1,000 to help offset expenses related to attending the convention. One school must be from the Chicago area.

Advisers should apply by Feb. 6, 2014, using the form available at http://sandiego.journalismconvention.org/news-literacy/.

Keynote speakers announced

December 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The JEA/NSPA Spring 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Laura Castañeda

Laura Castañeda

Laura Castañeda
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10
Emmy-award winning journalist Laura Castañeda is the owner of Press Pass International and serves as a professor and chair of the communications department at San Diego City College. Prior to her solo career, she reported for Channel 4 Cox Communication’s news magazine show, “San Diego Insider” and worked at KGTV Channel 10. Her first documentary, “The Devil’s Breath,” screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in 2008 to a sold out crowd. Castañeda is an alumna of the University of Illinois-Urbana. She has served on numerous boards of directors including CCNMA, Latino Journalists of California, UNITY Journalists of Color, and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Larry Himmel

Larry Himmel

Larry Himmel
1 p.m., Friday, April 11
Larry Himmel is a feature reporter for CBS News 8 in San Diego, where he has worked since 1979. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Emmy Awards. His “Larry Himmel at Large” commentaries and “CBS News 8 Neighborhood Reports” are among the most recognizable features in San Diego television, and he can be seen forecasting the weather on CBS News 8 and covering the San Diego Chargers during the football season. Prior to joining CBS News 8, Himmel had stints at radio stations in San Diego, Chicago, Hammond, Ind., and Windsor, Ontario. He is a native of Chicago and holds a master’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Download convention promotional flier

December 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

promotional-flierThe promotional flier contains save-the-date information about the National High School Journalism Convention, including dates, location and prices, as well as an overview of the city and programming.