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JEA president’s visit highlights fall conferences

In a tradition that extends all the way back to 1919, the Kansas Scholastic Press Association again this year will host fall conferences for student-journalists and their advisers across this great state. For the 13th consecutive year, advisers will have the choice to attend a conference at a university of their choice:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. They keynote speech will be delivered by Thad Allender, a freelance photographer, designer and BMX rider who also worked as the photo director at the Lawrence Journal-World and as a multimedia producer for USA Today. The KU conference will also feature a variety of helpful sessions, including a track for new advisers and an extended session on the new CTE-funded journalism courses.
  • Monday, Sept. 26, at Fort Hays State University in Hays. Keynote speaker is Mark Newton, president of the Journalism Education Association and adviser at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo.  His topic: “Why is why the most important in journalism — and our lives? Rethink how we think about journalism and life.” This year’s conference in Hays will again feature a combined workshop-conference format, complete with traditional sessions as well as hands-on workshops for students (See details on page 2)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Keynote speaker is Mark Newton, president of the Journalism Education Association and adviser at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. His topic: “Why is why the most important in journalism — and our lives? Rethink how we think about journalism and life.”

Registration deadlines are Sept. 16 and Sept. 20

This interactive letter and registration form must be filled out and sent to KSPA headquarters in Lawrence (no matter the conference you’re attending) at the address listed on the form (or via email according to the instructions). Deadline for the Lawrence conference registrations is Friday, Sept. 16; deadline for the Hays and Manhattan conferences is Tuesday, Sept. 20.

After KSPA has received your registration, you will get a confirmation from the on-site conference organizers. The confirmation from the conference organizers will include parking instructions, a list of hotels near the university you’re visiting, and instructions on how to check in at the conference.

Cost is $15 per person from member schools and $18 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. We understand that you may need to substitute students after that date, but try not to add substantially to the pre-registration numbers. Arrangements at each site are dependent upon an accurate count of attendees. If you’re not a member, send along this completed membership form with your registration.

Payment will be mailed to KSPA offices. DO NOT BRING A CHECK TO THE CONFERENCE.

THE CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS

University of Kansas

The Lawrence conference on Wednesday, Sept. 21, will be at the Kansas Union. Buses may pass through the KU traffic kiosks and unload passengers at the front entrance to the Union. Buses will then need to park in Lot #300, which is located at the Lied Center on the west end of campus. There is no charge for buses parked at the Lied Center.

Delegates driving cars may park in the parking garage adjacent to and just north of the Kansas Union. Payment is made at the garage when you park.

To see a campus map, go to http://www.ku.edu/visit/maps.shtml.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on the fourth level of the Union. You should reserve time to plan the sessions you will attend. Advisers will also be offered fresh fruit, coffee and tea at a 9:55 a.m. reception.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers should plan and pay for their lunches. The Kansas Union food court is on the third level.

If you have specific questions about the KU conference, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or jeffbrowne@ku.edu.

Conference features:

  • Three dozen 45-minute sessions to choose from;
  • A special track for new and second-year advisers;
  • A swap shop and round-table discussions for yearbook and newspaper/web editors;
  • Critique sessions for a limited number of staffs;
  • A reception for all advisers, complete with discussion of CTE journalism courses.

Fort Hays State University

The Hays conference/workshop on Monday, Sept. 26, will be at the FHSU Memorial Union. Parking is available on campus near the Union, and instructions will be sent with your conference registration confirmation.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Sunset Lounge. You should reserve some time to plan what sessions you will attend. Pastries and juice will be available for all registrants.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers are asked to plan and pay for their own lunches. The Memorial Union food court has many lunch options.

If you have specific questions about the FHSU conference, contact Marcella Marez, conference coordinator, at 785-628-4337, or at mmarez@fhsu.edu. If you have general questions about the fall conferences, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or jeffbrowne@ku.edu.

Here’s a grid of the seminars and sessions at the FHSU conference/workshop, and here’s a general outline:

  • A keynote address by Mark Newton, the president of the Journalism Education Association.
  • A special track for new and second-year advisers;
  • A reception for all advisers, complete with discussion of CTE journalism courses;
    • Hands-on immersion sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing
    • These are two-and-a-half-hour sessions for a limited number of experienced students
  • Instruction sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing. (These are 95-minute sessions for a limited number of beginning students)
  • Critique sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing (These are 30-minute mini-sessions for experienced students to get feedback)
  • Traditional instructional sessions on a variety of topics (These are 50-minute sessions presented by professionals, college educators and high school advisers)

Kansas State University

The Manhattan conference on Tuesday, Sept. 27, will be at the K-State Union. Parking details will be sent to you with your conference confirmation packet. The parking garage south of the K-State Union will be available if you drive a car. Buses may drop off students in front of the K-State Union and then park for free at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on the north side of campus.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the Forum Theater in the lower level of the Union. You should reserve time to plan the sessions you will attend.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers should plan and pay for their lunches. The K-State Union food court has many lunch options.

If you have specific questions about the KSU conference, contact Kelly Furnas, conference coordinator, at 785-532-7822 or furnas@ksu.edu. If you have general questions about the fall conferences, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or jeffbrowne@ku.edu.

Conference features:

  • Journalism Education Association President Mark Newton;
  • Three dozen 45-minute sessions to choose from;
  • A special track for new and second-year advisers;
  • A reception for all advisers, complete with discussion of CTE journalism courses;
  • Critique sessions for a limited number of staffs.

Can you present?

If you have a great session that you’d like to present at any or all of the conferences, please fill out this speaker reply form and describe your session, including a title, an audience and AV needs.

More specifically, we also need advisers to help lead two tracks especially for advisers:

  • First, you may share your expertise in a particular area with new advisers in a 45-minute session (or a double session of 90 minutes) as part of the new track for those advisers.
  • Second, you may want to help lead a discussion on what your school will do now that the state has approved a handful of funded CTE journalism courses beginning in 2012-2013.

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