Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association
Fond du Lac High School students criticize superintendent decision
Editors of Fond du Lac High School's Cardinal Column talk to the Fond du Lac Reporter about a recent decision by their superintendent, James Sebert, to institute prior review. Hear what they have to say. Or sign a petition against the change.
Filak to offer on-site newspaper critiques
UW-Oshkosh Journalism Professor Vince Filak, adviser for the award-winning Advance-Titan, will again offer on-site critiques of high school newspapers, magazines or websites during the 2014 conference on April 9. To reserve a 20-minute critique with your staff, send $25 and the attached to NEWSPA by April 2.
Register for April 9 conference early and save
Register for the April 9 conference by April 2 and save. Member schools pay only $8 for students and $10 for advisers by the April 2 deadline. If you pay after that or are not a member, the fee is $15 per student and $20 per adviser. Click on the conference link on the left for more information. Download the program here.
Save the date — NEWSPA 2015 will be April 22
Congratulations to NEWSPA member schools on Branen Scholarship
The Wisconsin Newspaper Association recently presented the William E. Branen Scholarship to three student newspapers (all NEWSPA members) for work completed in the 2012-13 academic year.
Receiving the $1,000 scholarships are:
- Noctiluca, Appleton North High School, advised by Aaron Ramponi (extra curricular publication, Group B, enrollment of 500 or more)
- The Norse Star, Stoughton High School, advised by Ben Tripp (classroom-based publication, Group B, enrollment of 500 or more)
- The Prowler, Chilton High School, advised by Zach Platner (Group A, enrollment of 500 or fewer)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE — The 2014 NEWSPA conference is set for April 9. Want to check out what sessions are being planned? Then click to download the tentative program now.
Need financial assistance to attend the 2014 conference?
For the first time, NEWSPA will 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 2014. For more information or to apply, download the financial assistance form.
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 email@example.com 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.
Fall 2013 Newsletter now online
Take a look back at what some of the speakers for the 2013 conference had to say, as well as get a sneak preview what is planned for the 2014 conference. Click to download a high resolution version of the newsletter now, or to read the eMagazine now.
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
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 http://www.freedomforum.org/freespirit/
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 journalism.indiana.edu/hsji.org
For advisers only
Reynolds Journalism Institute accepting applications through March 1
The Reynolds High School Journalism Institutes are intensive two-week journalism training programs for secondary-school teachers.The Institutes combine in-depth instruction on journalism skills and hands-on experience. Teachers learn how to produce top-notch student publications, primarily online with multimedia tools. The Institutes not only provide participants with continuing education credit, but also cover an array of topics, including news literacy, reporting, writing, editing, multimedia, photojournalism, online layout and design, journalistic credibility, ethics and responsibilities, opinion pages, the future of news, business-side skills, First Amendment matters, privacy and the state of scholastic press freedom.
Participants can select from the following dates:
- June 15-27, 2014
- July 6-18, 2014
- July 13-25, 2014
The following four universities host the Reynolds High School Journalism Institutes:
- Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
- Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
- University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- University for Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
The Institutes are free for participants, including travel, housing, meals and materials. Visit www.SchoolJournalism.org for more information, including a link to the online application form. Applications are due March 1.
Next 26 challenges high school advisers to strengthen j programs
A website, theNext26.com, 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 t
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: http://journalism.indiana.edu/hsji