Fall workshop to focus on news and feature styles
How to write news and features that engage school audiences through a range of media is the theme of this year’s fall workshop.
Emphasis will be on writing and reporting in styles suit broadcasts, magazines, newspapers, online publications and yearbooks.
Open to advisers, editors and staffs, the program will be Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-4 at Boston University’s College of Communication.
The aim is for participants to learn to assign, write, edit and present information in ways that attract student audiences using various media: Twitter, podcast, broadcast, newspaper, news magazine and yearbook.
Participants will look at approaches, styles and formats
- to advance events
- to report breaking news
- to follow up events
- to put events in a context
- to present engaging features
- to wrap up a series of events
- to help readers recall, years from now, what really mattered.
Tuition is $25 per person.
The deadline for enrollment is Friday, Oct. 11.
How to sign up
On a sheet of paper or using the application in the print pdf of Volume 19, No. 1 of NESPA News, include your name, name of publication or production, your position on the publication or production, school name, school phone, school address, email and your home phone.
Send this information along with $25 tuition fee per person, payable to NESPA, to Helen F. Smith, NESPA executive director, Boston University, College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 02215 by Friday, Oct. 11.
Scheduling site visits
Site visits present opportunities to address particular areas of interest.
After school or during a class period, site visits are a service this organization provides to members at no charge.
Advisers and staffs can ask questions, discuss concerns and get suggestions on topics of special interest to improve their publications and production work.
Topics of recent site visits have included
- advertising sales
- staff organization
- managing the business side
- scheduling and motivation
- news and feature fundamentals
- design techniques
- sports writing
- legal basics and ethical concerns
- curriculum planning
- editing and proofreading.
An informal critique can also be part of the on site process.
How to arrange a visit
To arrange for a site visit, please contact Helen F. Smith, NESPA’s executive director, at 617-353-3478, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. or write Helen F. Smith, executive director, New England Scholastic Press Association, Boston University, College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 02215.
Special Fall Contest on localizing
Choose a topic, find a local angle and present it. That’s the challenge of the New England Scholastic Press Association’s Fall Contest.
The key is to show how issues and events that affect people in New England, the United States or around the world affect people in your own school.
Possibilities for topics range from credit cards to gap years to the price of gas to standardized testing.
Among the topics winners have written about—and that could still be great choices this fall are
- Facebook and the college admissions process
- a graduate on a professional sports team
- head injuries
- members of the military coming home on leave
- school lunches
- school security
- sleep deprivation
- weird New England weather.
Winners will be notified by April 1 and results will be announced at the annual spring conference.
In addition, the winners are announced in the summer issue of NESPA News.
How to enter
Please send in the broadcast or published work with the entry form and fee by Friday, Jan. 10.
Send in the web link to each online entry on the entry form below.
Limit of three entries per medium.
Each entry must have been broadcast or published between September 1 and December 31, 2013.
Yearbook entries must have been created during this same period.
Print media please send complete page, unmounted tear sheet on which entry appears.
Tape a filled out copy of the entry form to the upper right corner of the back of EACH entry.
Broadcasters please send DVD or podcast.
Please include $5 for postage and handling for each entry you want returned.
NONE for NESPA members in good standing as of May 3, 2013; $3 per entry for nonmembers.
Send entries to New England Scholastic Press Association, Helen F. Smith, executive director, Boston University, College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 02215.
NESPA dates to note
Friday, Oct. 11: Registration deadline for workshop on news and feature writing.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Workshop from 2-4 p.m. at College of Communication, Boston University.
Friday, Jan. 10: Special Fall Contest entries are due.
Friday, April 4: Annual publication and production contest deadline.
Friday, May 2: New England Scholastic Press Association’s 66th annual conference at Boston University
Friday, June 6: Final application date for teachers’ workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.
June 30-July 3: How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.
For details and procedures on membership, workshop registration and contest entry forms, please download the PDF.