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Spring 2015 Newsletter now online; read to learn more about upcoming conference

The Spring 2015 newsletter is online. To download a high-resolution or low-resolution version, click on the newsletter link to the left.

NEWSPA 2015 will be April 22; check out our program now
or sign up for the on-site newspaper critiques by Vince Filak

It's going to be another great conference! Just check out our final program to see what sessions will be offered. If you'd like to attend the on-site NEWSPA newspaper (print or online) critique, fill out this form and send $25 to NEWSPA. Get your payment in early to assure the time slot you prefer! (As of April 14, only these times are still open: 9:45-10:05 a.m., 10:10-10:30 a.m., 10:35-10:55 a.m., 11-11:20 a.m. and 11:25-11:45 a.m.)

Summer adviser workshop offered

NEWSPA will hold a summer adviser workshop on June 17. Featuring sessions on writing, social media and design, the daylong conference includes time to network with other advisers, plus a continental breakfast and lunch. Limited to the first 15 to apply. Download the workshop brochure for more information.

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.

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

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

Center for Investigative Reporting holds summer workshop

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is hosting a summer workshop for high school students interested in journalism.

Their High School Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop is a two-week intensive workshop designed for both U.S. and international high school students who are interested in learning and honing journalism, critical thinking, and writing skills. The students get hands-on education and insight from award-winning faculty, including Pulitzer winners, spend the summer learning new and valuable journalism skills, and explore the city of Boston while staying on Boston University’s campus. Three sessions are offered. To learn more, go to

Scholarship created for Green Bay East High School graduates

UW Oshkosh alumnus Clifford A. Christl and his family established a scholarship for Green Bay East High School graduates 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 of each year.

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 Feb. 1. For more information and an application form, 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. For info:

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