Fall Conferences 2009: A new era in Kansas journalism

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For the 28th consecutive year, the Kansas Scholastic Press Association will host fall conferences for student-journalists and their advisers across this great state. For the 11th consecutive year, advisers will have the choice to attend a conference at a university of their choice:

•    Monday, Sept. 21, at Fort Hays State University in Hays

•    Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Kansas State University in Manhattan

•    Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

This year, though, marks a new era at KSPA, as we look forward to helping students and advisers embrace a multimedia future, one that combines the virtues of the past with the promise of the future in journalism.

All three conferences will continue to provide your students with inspiring and informative sessions designed to make them better journalists, prepared to serve their schools and their communities through their publications and electronic productions, in print, online and over the airwaves.

Registration deadline is Sept. 14

The registration form linked here needs to be filled out and sent to KSPA headquarters at the address listed on the form. Deadline for all conference registrations is Monday, Sept. 14. Registrations faxed or postmarked after that deadline will not be accepted.

Cost is $13 per person from member schools and $15 per person from non-member schools. If you are not sure of your membership status, call 758-864-0605 to check. Send a list of all attendees with your registration. However, we understand that you may need to substitute students after that date, but you may not add to the pre-registration numbers. Payment will be mailed to KSPA offices. DO NOT BRING A CHECK TO THE CONFERENCE.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation from KSPA complete with parking instructions, a list of hotels near the university you’re visiting, and instructions on how to check in at the conference. WE PREFER TO SEND THESE CONFIRMATIONS VIA E-MAIL, but if you would like a physical confirmation via U.S. mail, please let us know.

Also, you can download the Fall Conference Speaker Reply Form.

Preview the schedules for all three conferences:

Special keynote speaker for Hays, Manhattan

Logan Aimone, executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association, will address students and advisers at the Fall Conferences in Hays and Manhattan.

The NSPA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of student media organizations. Since 1921, NSPA has provided training, evaluation and recognition to print and electronic student media at the middle school/junior high, high school and college levels.

From 1997 to 2007, Aimone taught journalism at Wenatchee (Wash.) High School and advised The Apple Leaf newspaper and Wa Wa yearbook, both of which earned top national honors. He is a past Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser and Washington state journalism adviser of the year. He is co-author of the 2009 edition of the textbook “High School Journalism,” and the forthcoming revision of “Junior High Journalism.”

Aimone earned a bachelor of arts and teacher certification from Central Washington University and a master of education from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

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