Certificate of attendance available for download

November 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Download and complete this certificate of attendance for the Washington, D.C., convention if you need verification for your employer.

Ode to Journalism 2.0

November 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

This group poem was written by participants in Susan Turner Jones’ “No Guts, No Glory” session during the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 8. Editing liberties were taken only with the order and transitions from submissions from about 50 students and a few advisers.

Susan Turner Jones, adviser, with editing assistance from Editors Sara Cordoba (’15) and Jordan Aronson (’16), Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California.

Ode to Journalism 2.0

I have seen the ugly carpet,

and now I know it’s really about the chandeliers in the lobby.

Oh I have seen waterfalls of tears.

I have heard 3 AM Shenanigans outside my door,

and now I know how my parents feel every night.

I have seen people pushing by

And not enjoying life —

I’ve learned now why it is called the human race.


I have seen the shiny silver tracks

And now I know how far under the city can go.

I have heard screams. Now I know fear.

I have smelled D.C. and now I know pain.

I have smelled the wafting stench of the incoming metro train.

Now I know what true repulsion is.


I have heard complaining

Now I know society’s social norm

I have heard fear

Now I know doubt.

I have seen a washed up magazine in the bathroom toilet.

And now I know I will always be surprised.


I have heard your conversation. Now I know I don’t want my own.


I have heard the untold stories of those passer-bys in Ferguson.

Now I know the stories I need to tell myself.

I have heard that I can do something risky.

Now I know that’s the only way to get the answers.

I have seen the apathy of the masses

And now I know that my passion for poetry must burn that much hotter.


And yet, I have seen faces from all over this nation,

have heard the hands of 6,000 enthusiastic students in appreciation.

And now I know the power of the masses.

I have seen teenagers, I have seen brightness in the minds of the youth.

Now I know the future —

That next year’s leaders are in this room.

I have seen the future.

Now I know it is full of warmth, art, and authenticity.

I have seen people, the variety of people who have one thing in common… Now I know humanity.

—Now I know we are not all that different.

I have heard many stories of people from all over the country.

Now I know we all have stories that we’re too scared to show.

I have seen memories being made,

And now I know that I must make some myself.

I have seen your eyes light up at the mention of a publication.

Now I know what it means to be prideful.

I have seen the National Press Club.

Now I know where big journalists have taken notes like I did Friday.

I have seen great speakers. Now I know that I can make a difference.

And I have seen passion in the eyes of a reporter; Now I know love.


I have seen and heard many teenage girls here.

Now I know women are being blocked at the high end of the media outlets.

I have seen hard work pay off.

I have seen feminism on the news. Now I know how powerful it is.

Now I know you have to work hard.

I have seen the feminist movement.

Now I know it is not a myth fabricated by    the internet.

I have seen feminists. And now I know that I am not alone.

I have heard young students talk. Now I know journalism is still alive. I have heard wisdom. Now I know that as a student journalist I can affect change.

I have seen passion and now I know this generation will create change and promote love. I have seen enthusiasm and Now I know to love it.

I have heard the passions behind aspirations in pursuit….And now I know I’m not alone.

I have heard the sharing of knowledge and now I know that possibilities are endless.

I have heard the voices of a professional.

I have seen a large group of people joining together bonding over their love for journalism. Now I know that this community I am part of is bigger and more magical then I could have ever imagined.


Now I know I can become anything I aspire to be.


I have seen anonymous poetic justice.

Now I know that unison is a gateway to brute force.


I have heard impassioned voices.

I have seen my true self

I have heard my true voice

Now I know how to raise my own voice.


I have smelled the bubbling of stories waiting to come undone.

Now I know my heart lies in the ridge of an uncapped pen. And I have heard the secrets to unleashing your inner story. Now I know that we all can have    those blow-you-away moments that make a word your own.

I have seen the movements of a fast moving pen.

Now I know the way of a true writer.

I have seen people who have the same disease crawling in me,

And I know I will find refuge within their words.

I have seen those who pass through the underground torpedo, through dingy windows and poorly lit enclosures. Now I know everyone has a story, someone to go home to, somewhere to be, somewhere to experience. I have smelled fresh, cool, crisp energy rising from my gut.


Now I know my revolution.

Convention Update includes additions, cancellations and changes

November 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

The Washington, D.C., convention is one of the largest events put on by JEA/NSPA, and as such we’ve had a lot of changes since the convention program was completed.

Download the Convention Update to see the latest revisions to the program.

Changes have also been made to the Guidebook app, which will automatically update on your device.

Mobile program now available

October 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

JEA/NSPA Fall 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 Washington, D.C. 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/hsjDC

An opportunity to meet with U.S. Department of Education

October 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Are your journalism students on the wrong side of the digital divide? Are they experiencing frustrations getting access to Gmail, search engines, and other commonplace online research tools? Are they being kept from publishing online — or permitted to do so only with names and faces withheld? Is your school’s technology a generation behind the demands of 21st-century digital publishing? The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Ed Tech wants to know.

In a special opportunity available for a small group of students and advisers 10 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Nov. 6 — made possible by the Student Press Law Center — the Office of Ed Tech will meet with and hear from attendees at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention to discuss how the federal government might help address some of the technology-policy barriers that are impeding students’ ability to use technology to gather and publish information.

Interested advisers and students should contact Sara Gregory at sgregory@splc.org with group details and a brief explanation of the types of technology issues that the applicant would like to talk about having experienced.

A note about convention room capacities

October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

We believe that the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention is the most enriching educational experience available for scholastic journalists. And the feedback we receive from attendees corroborates our belief.

But at some conventions we will hear a common grievance — popular sessions get packed quickly, which means students and teachers sometimes are unable to attend specific training they were looking forward to.

With more than 6,000 attendees in Washington, D.C., we expect this concern to be particularly pronounced. And while we try our very best to schedule sessions in larger rooms if we think they will draw a large crowd, sometimes that’s not possible because of a speaker’s schedule or audio-visual needs. As you and your students are planning for the Washington, D.C., convention, we ask that all attendees consider the following:

1) Even if you are turned away from a desired session, please keep a considerate and positive attitude. We have volunteers who will be managing room capacities and, if they mark rooms as full, they do so for safety concerns. Please treat them respectfully.

2) Please have a back-up plan in case your preferred sessions are full. This is especially true if your session is in a smaller room; we list capacities in the program next to each room’s name.

3) You may not be able to attend our keynote addresses. We are using one of the largest ballrooms in Washington, D.C., but we already know that the capacity of the room will not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to see Bob Woodward or Jay Harris. We have set up a satellite viewing area in another room of the Marriott Wardman Park. But we thank you in advance for your understanding if you are unfortunately turned away at the door.

4) Don’t forget about Saturday’s sessions. We know many delegates take advantage of a city’s tourist attractions while the convention is happening, and we’re glad that the cities we visit are destinations in their own right. Historically we’ve seen many attendees use Saturday for sight-seeing, but we want to draw your attention to how full and rich our educational sessions are on that day. Furthermore, because our Friday rooms are usually set to accommodate contests, we actually have more space on Saturday, which means you are less likely to be turned away from a session.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our national conventions is the fact you will be surrounded by and networking with thousands of other scholastic journalists. We continue to take a tremendous amount of pride in that fact, even if it means occasionally our sessions are packed.

We look forward to seeing you in D.C. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at staff@jea.org.

Program available for download

October 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm
JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2014 Program – Washington, D.C. (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2014 Program – Washington, D.C. (PDF)

A PDF of the program for the Fall 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 breakout sessions will be at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Online chat about the convention

October 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Join convention organizers and members of the local volunteer team in an interactive online discussion about the Fall 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C. Moderators will answer your questions about all things convention-related: registration, travel, lodging, instructional sessions, presenting, awards and more.

Discounts available to Newseum

August 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience in Washington, D.C. Each of its seven levels is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments.

Come early or stay beyond the convention. The Newseum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You have three options to receive a discount for you and your students.

Prepaid School Group Discount
Cost: $11 per student

Groups that book in advance receive one free chaperone for every 10 students. To receive this lowest rate, advisers must pre-pay and arrive as a group at the scheduled time. The rate is good only for the date of the reservation. Additional adults over the1:10 ratio pay $11 each. To make a group reservation, call the Education Hotline, (202) 292-6650.

Web-Only Discount
Cost: $11 per person

Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card. Receipts are obtained either as “will call” or printed at home. To purchase tickets at this rate, go to www.newseum.org, select “Tickets,” then “Purchase Now.” Enter the promotional code 90110001.

At-the-Newseum Discount
Cost: $11 per person

Coupons will be available in the Adviser Hospitality Room at the convention. Each adult and student must have a coupon to present at the Newseum admission desk where payment will be made. You do not have to arrive as a group. Discount coupons will not be available at the Newseum.

For options 1 and 2, there are no refunds for no shows, whether one or a whole group. Additional members of the group will pay on arrival. Discount valid Nov. 1-16, 2014. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Keynote speakers announced

May 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Bob Woodward
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Woodward has authored or coauthored 16 non-fiction books in the last 36 years. All 16 have been national bestsellers and 12 of them have been No. 1 national non-fiction bestsellers — more No. 1 national non-fiction bestsellers than any contemporary author.

Jay Harris
2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7

Jay Harris

Jay Harris

Jay Harris is anchor of the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports news and information program. Harris came to ESPN in 2003 from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, where he was a news anchor/reporter. Harris has more than 20 years of experience in television and radio news, including morning news anchor at WAMO-FM and national news at American Urban Radio Networks, both in Pittsburgh, and at WOWI-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. His work outside of sports included the trapped coal miners near Pittsburgh, and, while in Virginia, the fatal USS Iowa battleship explosion. Harris was part of SportsCenter’s Emmy-winning efforts in 2004 and 2005 and a recipient of the Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, the Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.