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Fall conferences bring in more than 1,200 students and advisers

This week’s KSPA Fall Conferences in Hays, Manhattan and Lawrence saw more than 1,100 students and nearly 100 advisers attend numerous educational sessions and keynote addresses by Logan Aimone, the executive director for the National Scholastic Press Association, and Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes.

Aimone entertained the crowds at Fort Hays State and Kansas State with his address, “Print, Pixels and People: Ideas for today’s student journalist.” Aimone stressed the value of interactivity and new media in journalism, but the core of his address were the core values of the profession, including telling true and compelling stories that can change lives.

Frakes, a University of Kansas alumnus and instructor, used his own multimedia work to stress the importance of digitally converged media on the Web. His addressed focused on how his career has changed over his 30 years as a professional photographer, and he urged the students to imagine compelling and creative multimedia work for their school’s online publications.

Students and advisers attended break-out sessions presented by KSPA board members, Fort Hays, KSU and KU faculty, professional journalists from several newspapers, and R.J. Dake from the Kansas State Department of Education. Dake’s presentation and discussion with advisers can be seen at this site’s featured video section.

Before the sessions, last year’s state sweepstakes competition winners were honored by KSPA.

  • Class 1A: Troy High School
  • Class 2A: Humboldt High School
  • Class 3A: Phillipsburg High School
  • Class 4A: Andover High School
  • Class 5A: Mill Valley High School
  • Class 6A: Shawnee Mission East High School


  1. Brenda Day says

    Great conference thanks to Jeff Browne, Logan Aimone, Andy Stanton and all others who made it possible and shared their time & ideas.

    Congratulations also to Vicki Constable and her Phillipsburg Journalism Staff on taking home the trophy!

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