Newsletter: Spring 2014

NESPA to Host 66th Conference May 2

(For details and procedures on membership, conference and workshop registration and entry forms, please download the PDF.)

John Tlumacki

John Tlumacki

John Tlumacki, whose photographs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon appeared around the world, will give the keynote speech New England Scholastic Press Association conference Friday, May 2.

In his speech, “The Heart of Photojournalism,” he will describe “the emotions involved in being a photojournalist, the duty to convey those emotions in photographs, the ability to run forward and not backward, and the responsibility journalists have to be a witness to life and record that for others to see.”

With the doors opening at 8, sessions will be from 9 until 2:30 at Boston University’s College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.


Students, teachers, Boston University faculty and full-time journalists and media specialists will share information with the aim of supporting excellence in scholastic journalism at NESPA’s 66th annual conference.

Tlumacki, who was a yearbook photographer at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, is a College of Communication graduate. Named Boston Press Photographer for 2011 and 2013, Tlumacki has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, refugees returning home from a civil war in Uganda, numerous Super Bowls and the Red Sox victory in the 2013 World Series.

Also at the conference, delegates will find panels, exhibits, round-tables, lectures and workshops where they can learn about the latest trends, and share concerns and ideas.

For advisers

  • Helping editors grow as leaders
  • Managing an online newsroom
  • Sign-ups for detailed publication critiques and on-site visits.

For staffs

  • Blogging
  • Choosing work to publish in a literary magazine
  • Creating a dynamic news website
  • How high school journalists can branch out to the professional press
  • Interview techniques
  • Investigative reporting
  • Law and the scholastic press
  • Majoring in journalism
  • News writing
  • Opinion coverage and writing
  • Packaging information for an online audience
  • Sports writing and editing
  • Yearbook coverage, writing and design.

Awards and recognition
Presentation of the All New England Awards will honor outstanding broadcast, print, print/online and online productions and publications in their school population categories.
Productions and publications will also receive Special Achievement Awards based on the excellence of individual submissions.

Benefits of pre-registration
Those whose forms arrive at Boston University by Friday, April 4 will receive a preliminary conference program and speakers’ list, and a list of places to have lunch.

Contests Under Way
The NESPA Publications and Productions Contests are open to all school print and online publications and broadcasts, both NESPA members and non-members. Awards will be given to broadcast (audio and video) productions, magazines, newspapers, yearbooks, online/print and online publications. To qualify as online/print, a site must include multimedia, not pdfs only.

Judges will consider only entries with working URLs. Submit URL to
DEADLINE for receipt of entries at the College of Communication: Friday, April 4, 2014.

The NESPA Special Achievement Contests are designed to identify and reward excellence in individual work and teamwork for New England’s secondary school media.
Entries should be those that advisers and staffs decide have contributed significantly to a student broadcast, print, online/print or online publication.
DEADLINE for receipt of entries at the College of Communication: Friday, April 4, 2014.


  • Broadcast: Advertisement, Documentary, Feature story, News series, News story, PSA, Sports series, Sports story
  • Magazine: Artwork, Cover design, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry, Typographical design
  • Newspaper: Advertisement, Artwork/cartoon, Bylined column, Editorial, Feature page design, Feature photo, Feature story, Informational graphic, News page design, News photo, News series, News story, Opinion page design, Personality profile, Photo illustration, Review, Sports page design, Sports photo, Sports series, Sports story, Typographical design
  • Online/multimedia: Blog, Home page design, Interactive graphic, Podcast, Slide show with audio, Slide show with photos, Video. Coverage, writing and design entry categories are the same as those listed in broadcast and newspaper.
  • Yearbook: Advertisement, Caption writing (three spreads), Theme development and cover, Feature photo, Feature spread, Feature story, Headline writing (three spreads), Sports photo, Sports spread, Sports story, Typographical design

Summer Workshop for News Publication Advisers
The New England Scholastic Press Association invites news publication advisers to a workshop, How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication, June 30- July 3 at Boston University in the College of Communication.
Based on participants’ priorities, sessions will include how to:

  • Keep a journalistic balance
  • Deal with legal and ethical considerations
  • Teach the staff to cover the school and its community
  • Teach the staff to write and edit news, features and sports along with maintaining a lively forum for student opinion
  • Motivate the staff
  • Teach fundamentals of photojournalism and design
  • Maintain a good relationship with the principal, faculty and parents
  • Use special pages, special sections and spreads as training vehicles
  • Plan, set goals and schedule copy flow for print and online
  • Manage the business side
  • Critique the publication
  • Make the most of professional resources.

In addition to a variety of lab assignments, participants will present critiques and complete curriculum projects. There will be lectures, discussions and lab work. Sessions will be 10-4 with a break for lunch.
Participants should bring with them a set of news publications students have produced during the 2013-2014 academic year. The fee is $300. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 30. Click here for the application.

NESPA provides PDPs to Massachusetts teachers.
Helen Smith, executive director of the New England Scholastic Press Association, will be the lead teacher.
For more information, please contact Helen Smith at

For details and procedures on membership, conference and workshop registration and entry forms, please download the PDF.