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Save the date — NEWSPA 2015 will be April 22

Fall 2014 Newsletter now available

Check out what's planned for the spring 2015 conference, and read about highlights of the 2014 event in our fall newsletter. Download a PDF of the newsletter under the newsletters tab, or check out the eNewsletter here.

Four sessions podcast at the 2014 NEWSPA conference

If your students couldn't get to all the sessions they wanted to during the 2014 NEWSPA session, it's not too late since we have podcasts of four sessions. Click here or go directly to the podcasts, or click on the resources link on the left to watch "Careers in Journalism: Digital Features" with Alex Gelhar from, "Wikipedia: What Every Journalist Should Know" with Sara Steffes Hansen from UW Oshkosh; "How to Get the Big Picture in Sports" with Evan Siegle from the Press-Gazette Meida; or "Living the Dream" with Amanda Betts of Stellar Blue Technologies, Nick Penzenstadler of the Post-Crescent Media and USA Today; Jake White with Party.0 and Gelhar.

Need financial assistance to attend the 2015 conference?

NEWSPA will again be offering financial assistance for schools needing help to pay for busing or substitute teachers to attend the annual conference. Up to $500 will be awarded in 2015. For more information or to apply, download the financial assistance form.

Fondy High reverses prior review policy for Cardinal Columns

Fond du Lac High School’s student news organization, the Cardinal Columns, will return to business as usual this academic year with new guidelines, after a prior review policy caused friction between administrators and student journalists in the previous school year. Read about the new policy here.

Schedule an Advance-Titan staff visit to your high school publication


A-T members, left, visited with the staff of Fond du Lac High School's newspaper in January 2014.

Plymouth High School Newspaper Staff

An A-T member visited with the staff of Plymouth High School's newspaper in December, 2013.

Advance-Titan staff members and adviser Vince Filak will visit area high school newspaper staffs to answer questions and give insight into how you  can improve your publications. If you'd like a visit, contact Vince Filak at

Share your newspaper's website
Do you want to see what other high schools are doing for their newspaper's website? Then email us your URL at and it will be included in our listing. To see what some area schools are doing, as well as some newspaper websites that won All-American honors, go to the links tab on the left.

NEWSPA is now on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
Want to keep informed of what's happening with NEWSPA without constantly checking our website? Then "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

If you want to see and hear about some of the highlights of past NEWSPA conferences, you can also check out our YouTube channel. You can learn about how to implement your yearbook theme, what it is like to work for a college newspaper, watch examples of good and bad interviews and much more.

For students only

Scholarship created for Green Bay East High School graduates

UW Oshkosh alumnus Clifford A. Christl and his family established a scholarsip for Green Bay East High School gradutes who are obtaining a degree from the College of Letters and Sciences at UW Oshkosh. A strong preference will be given to applicants who are planning to major in journalism and are the first family member to attend college.

Applications are available in the Green Bay East High School guidance office and will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 15.

The scholarship was created to honor Christl's father and grandfather. Christl graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1970 and went on to become an award-winning sportswriter. In 2009 he received a UW Oshkosh Distinguished Alumni Award.

High school students eligible for "Free Spirit" scholarships
The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference program annually awards $1,000 college scholarships to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.”

The deadline is in October for the following school year. For more information and an application form, go to

Indiana University offers Summer 2014 High School Journalism Institute

Learn new skills or sharpen old ones at one of two summer workshops offered on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Student Skills Workshop is offered from July 7-11 and July 13-17, while Student Expereince Workshop is offered July 13-17. To learn more, go to

New England Center for Investigative Reporting offers classes
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is offering classes for aspiring journalists. Students will learn valuable reporting and journalism skills, and will specifically be taught the practice of investigative journalism. For more info, go to or to find out more about the summer high school workshop, go to

For advisers only

CK-12 Foundation offers free online journalism textbook

The CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to giving people access to high-quality K-12 educational materials, has added a high school-level journalism FlexBook®, to its free library of open-source textbooks.  The book was written by Nina Scott, who is an instructor in English at Phillips Academy, an independent boarding school located in Andover, Mass. A former journalist, Scott teaches a journalism elective to high school seniors every fall. She also serves as the faculty adviser to the school’s 136-year-old, student-run newspaper, The Phillipian. Access the Journalism 101 FlexBook® at

Next 26 challenges high school advisers to strengthen j programs
A website,, aims to strengthen journalism programs through sharing in just 26 days, weeks, hours or minutes at a time. The site is filled with tips and insights to help you improve your high school program, such as tips for high school students on how to use Twitter effectively.

Apply for National High School Journalism Teacher awards
Are you brimming with strategies for the current state of scholastic journalism? If you answered yes, you might want to apply for the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.

The benefits are considerable: speaking engagements, travel, a newsroom laptop computer, free subscriptions, free media seminars and scholarships for students of the five highest ranking teachers in the competition. The postmark deadline is July 1. Click for the application form.

Indiana University offers journalism adviser workshops
Indiana University offers high school journalism teacher and adviser workshops each summer. Topics to be covered in 2014 include supervision of student media on June 23-27; independent study for journalism educators on June 23-25; staff retreat on June 7-11; and practicum on July 7-11 or July 13-17. For more information:

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