Live Learning Center

The National High School Journalism Convention Live Learning Center lets you access select session recordings from the conference online so you can catch up on sessions you miss and review the education year-round. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to continue your development beyond the convention and stay current on the trends facing scholastic journalism. 

By including access to the Live Learning Center as part of your registration, you enjoy the attendee rate of $29, a savings of $50.

Sessions included in the San Diego Live Learning Center are

Pitching and pulling off an awesome profile
Students will learn interview basics and then use a team approach to develop an angle and questions, pitch their idea and compete to win the interview.
Shari Adwers, CJE, Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

No excuses
Whether you’re an adviser or editor or beginning reporter, a great publication begins with you. If your publication isn’t all you want it to be or think it should be, then change it. We’ll discuss how.
Bobby Hawthorne, Austin, TX

Leadership in editorials
Students will learn how to work in editorial teams to brainstorm stories that will not just state opinions, but encourage action. Editorials give newspaper staffs a chance to influence their schools on issues that really matter.
Holly Soboroff, Washington High School, Washington, IA

Let me tell you a story
It’s about a football coach’s wife. It’s about an eighth grader who’s a great percussionist, about a young man whose mom died of cancer. It’s about all those people you somehow manage to overlook or ignore while whining, “There’s nothing to write about.”
Bobby Hawthorne, Austin, TX

Make an impact with dynamic writing
Dtudents will learn to collaborate with staff and find ways to revise their writing to give the audience the best possible stories.
Linda Ballew, MJE, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, MT

Dollars and sense
Students will experience an interactive discussion that challenges them to consider the “products” they sell and the audience “customers” that consume them. What are their expectations and preferences? In a world of information overload, how can we incentivize our readers to choose us for their news?
Abrianna Nelson, CJE, Pleasant Ridge High School, Easton, KS

Keynote address
Larry Himmel, Emmy Award-winning feature reporter for CBS News 8 in San Diego, will be the keynote speaker at this general session.

When journalists must navigate ethical situations
Students will apply ethical principles using real world scholastic journalism scenarios. Students will work through one sample scenario and then role play/present several others. After each scenario, students will analyze the situation and decision using the handout provided.
Lori Keekley, MJE, St. Louis Park High School, St Louis Park, MN

Breaking the news budget
Students will experience a hands-on, group activity that demonstrates how the financial realities of news media can affect the content that gets published.
Megan Fromm, CJE, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

The debt crisis
This session for advisers and student leaders is a candid discussion of how to budget well, avoid debt and get out of a debt crisis. Topics include budgeting principles, out-of-the-box fundraising ideas and best practices for avoiding debt altogether.
Abrianna Nelson, CJE, Pleasant Ridge High School, Easton, KS

The law of social media
Can schools punish what students say on Twitter, even off-campus? Am I responsible if I retweet someone else’s libelous statement? Does Instagram really own my pictures? What you need to know about the law of social media before you push “share.”
Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center, Arlington, VA

Principles of design basics
Students will learn basic design principles, be able to recognize principles in design layouts and learn how to “fix” poor design elements.
Casandra Workman, CJE, Centennial High School, Las Vegas, NV

Creating ‘first 5’ mini-lessons
Students will decide what their staff needs the most help with and will design a quick five-minute lesson to address that need in the beginning of a class period.
Valerie Kibler, CJE, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, VA

Homecoming again? How to keep it fresh
In this lesson from the JEA Curriculum Initiative, students will learn a tried-and-true strategy for finding a different angle for covering events that happen every year, such as homecoming, prom, Spirit Week or Valentine’s Day.
Vicki McCash Brennan, CJE, , Saint Petersburg, FL

Public records for dummies
Or anyone else! Learn about what the law entitles you to get from your school, district, county or state (everything from salaries to restaurant inspections), how to turn “no” into “yes,” and how to make sense out of what you find.
Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center, Arlington, VA