Preconvention Workshops

Preconvention workshops all take place on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Preregistration is required for these workshops, and delegates are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number of students per school, per workshop. Only those who register online will be able to sign up for preconvention workshops. Room assignments will be listed in the convention program posted to this website in late October.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Photoshop Workflow • $20 NEW
8:30 a.m.–noon. Limit 36.
Taught by Mark Murray, Arlington (Texas) Independent School District, participants will learn to use Adobe Photoshop. Taught in the convention’s computer lab, this workshop will emphasize a basic workflow for preparing photographs for publication. Limit of two registrants per school. This session is open to both students and advisers.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Advanced InDesign • $20 NEW
1–5 p.m. Limit 36.
Take your design skills to the next level with this seminar that will show you how to use the power of InDesign to streamline your publication production. Taught by Bradley Wilson, MJE, of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, who will cover libraries, styles and other InDesign tricks. This workshop is taught in the convention’s computer lab. Limit of two registrants per school.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Team Storytelling • $30
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 54.
Great storytelling combines good writing, good photos and good design. Behind it all is good planning. In this team-based reporting experience taught by Amy DeVault of Wichita (Kansas) State University and Kristin Baker of Derby (Kansas) High School, students will work in groups of three to create real story packages. The workshop begins with instruction on planning packages with readers in mind, and then the students will go off-site to gather stories. Students will return to the convention site to finish their packages. Schools should register students in teams of three, preferably a writer, designer and photographer, though certainly the students can each practice all these skills. At least one student needs InDesign skills, as the students will design their packages. Students will need to bring any equipment they might need (cameras, laptops and card readers). Students can create content for print, broadcast or Web, and the workshop is recommended for experienced student journalists. An Off-site Permission Form is required for each student attending this workshop.

In-depth Legal Training • $8
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Limit 45.
Join the nation’s foremost expert on scholastic media law — Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center — for this entertaining, engaging and hands-on workshop on the rights and regulations regarding your publication. The workshop is geared for experienced student staffers as well as advisers. You will receive an in-depth review of the types of records that are available about schools, where to find them and how to use them to do impactful stories, as well as be exposed to the pitfalls of liability.  Principals and other administrators can attend this workshop for free by emailing after submitting their convention registration.

Redesign Seminar • $25
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 75.
Students in this intensive design seminar, led by Pete LeBlanc of Antelope (California) High School, will study advanced packaging techniques including modular design, typography, marriage of elements, negative space and photo packaging. Laptop computers with InDesign are encouraged but not mandatory. Students should bring some of their favorite magazines and supplies such as scissors, pencils and glue sticks. Students also are encouraged to bring their own publications for sharing and critique.

Society for News Design QuickCourse • $25
1–5 p.m. Limit 75.
SND brings its fast-paced workshop to JEA/NSPA. We start with the fundamentals of print design and move into tips and trends, with hundreds of ideas for designs, stories, photos, graphics and typography. Taught by Indiana University’s Ron Johnson, the six-time editor of “The Best of Newspaper Design,” this session will benefit newspaper, magazine and yearbook staffers. Bring copies of your publications and your designs, either print or PDF, for our critique. We’ll make you better.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Leadership Seminar • $25
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Limit 60.
Designed for publication editors, this daylong seminar will show participants more ways to effectively lead the way with their publication staffs. Editors will work with Lori Keekley, MJE, St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School, to better understand their team and how to help individual members work together to solve problems and manage time. They also will discuss self-assessment, people interaction, project planning, project management, goal setting, teamwork and motivation. Those attending should be current editors. Advisers are also welcome to attend and will be expected to participate. Limit of two registrants per school.

Writers’ Workshop • $20
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Limit 100.
If you’re looking for ways to sharpen and brighten your writing so others will clamor to read it, this interactive workshop is for you. Taught by Shari Adwers, MJE, of Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, this seminar will entertain and inspire as we analyze excellent writing and apply the pros’ techniques to your own work. Whether you need to write a catchy headline or a 2,000-word feature, you’ll learn to improve every aspect of your writing as we discuss ledes, voice, narrative style and literary devices to tighten and strengthen your writing.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Digital Photography Workshop • $30
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 40.
Designed for photographers who have at least one year’s experience shooting for their publications, this intensive workshop will cover composition, lighting, cropping and camera technique. Participants will receive instruction and go out on assignment with Michael Simons, CJE, of West High School in Painted Post, New York. Following the photo shoot, Simons will critique students’ work and offer editing tips and techniques. Participants must bring a digital camera, and they are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with the photo-editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom) they will use. An Off-site Permission Form is required for each student attending this workshop. Limit of two registrants per school.

(WORKSHOP IS FULL) Broadcast and Video Boot Camp • $30
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 30.
In this hands-on workshop, beginning and intermediate students will learn the fundamentals of creating an effective news package from the ground up. This includes videography, sound recording, editing and story structure. Working in small teams, participants will spend the morning developing their videography skills and planning a story, and the afternoon shooting and editing that story. The instructors will be Michael Hernandez of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, and Don Goble of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Participants must bring their own video cameras, tripods, microphones and laptops with editing software. Please test and become familiar with your equipment before attending the session, as the presenters may not be familiar with your specific hardware/software.

Advanced Broadcast and Video Boot Camp • $40
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit 40.
For students and advisers with experience creating broadcast news packages. The workshop, taught by Dave Davis and Brandon Goodwin of the Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting, will cover advanced tips and tricks, including finding unique stories and angles, getting out of a writing rut (how to stay fresh) and using dynamic videography and sound. Students will put their new knowledge to use by producing a short package during the session. Participants must bring their own video cameras, tripods, microphones and laptops with editing software.

8:30 a.m.–noon. Limit 30.
Bring your DSLR camera for this morning workshop designed for the novice photographer. You will receive hands-on instruction on the dials, buttons and knobs on your camera along with some basic rules of composition. Jed Palmer, CJE, is the adviser of the Eagle Eye View yearbook and the Summit newspaper in Parker, Colorado. He will provide small-group instruction with one-on-one assistance to get you ready to take great photos for your publication.

Photo Shoot Management 101 • $15 NEW
1–4:30 p.m. Limit 30.
Capturing an event with photos is more than just controlling the camera. You need strategies and techniques for effectively managing a photo shoot from start to finish. This afternoon workshop led by Jed Palmer, CJE, adviser of the Eagle Eye View yearbook and the Summit newspaper in Parker, Colorado, will provide you with the skills you need. Participants will learn about equipment organization, light management, photographer positioning, photograph management and some concepts for team shooting an event. This workshop is geared toward the beginning to intermediate photographer or photo editor.

Stories for Change Today • $40 NEW
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Cost includes lunch, workshop and Newseum admission. Limit 36.
How can you use video to tell a compelling story that spurs others to action? What makes your voice stand out in a crowded 21st century media landscape? Tap into the expertise of Newseum producer Frank Bond to learn how to apply best practices in broadcasting and multimedia in order to communicate a compelling story. Targeted time will be devoted to exploring the Newseum’s online resources, interactive galleries and films that spotlight how the civil rights movement used the free press to tell the stories and record the voices of citizens speaking out for change.

The day will conclude with a working session where students and advisers will collaborate to create a plan of action for documenting their own story for change, applying the tips and techniques gained through the workshop. Participants should have one year of broadcast experience and should not bring their own equipment; all equipment will be provided by the Newseum. This workshop is designed for student broadcasters and broadcast advisers. Participants are welcome to stay and explore the museum until 5 p.m. Tickets are valid for admission Friday, Nov. 7. Attendees also will be responsible for getting to and from the Newseum.

JEA Outreach Academy • FREE
Apply online by Oct. 16.
Outreach Academy is a Journalism Education Association initiative to promote diversity in the journalism teaching profession. The Outreach Academy is a free, intensive seminar for publication advisers who need help teaching and advising students in journalism while dealing with issues surrounding diversity. The program is hands-on and focuses on practical information advisers need. It includes discussions on teaching journalism to diverse populations, diversifying school coverage, engaging your staff and school community and understanding the resources and organizations ready to help advisers. This program is committed to helping all advisers, especially advisers of color who are underrepresented in nine-12 education, who work in challenging circumstances, including 1) have five years or fewer advising experience and 2) teach in schools traditionally underrepresented in JEA membership, especially low-income, urban and rural schools.

Participants who are accepted to the Outreach Academy and attend the Thursday workshop earn the following benefits, in addition to the instruction received at the workshop:

  • Up to $100 in substitute pay to the participant’s school for the Thursday workshop.
  • One-day parking reimbursement for the Thursday workshop.
  • One year’s membership to the Journalism Education Association.
  • Waived registration fee to that city’s National High School Journalism Convention, courtesy of JEA and NSPA.
  • Waived registration fee to the 2015 JEA Advisers Institute.