Newsletter: Fall 2016

Fall workshop to focus on how to avoid legal traps of reporting from Internet

Reporting from the Internet can present legal difficulties along with raising ethical questions.

This fall’s workshop will focus on both. The workshop will be Friday morning, Oct. 28 from 10 until noon at Boston University’s College of Communication.

Two attorneys, Jeff Pyle and Katie Stone of the law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP, will give students and advisers practical advice on how to minimize the legal risks of using the internet and social media platforms to report the news, including defamation, invasion of privacy, advertising and copyright infringement.

Following the presentation there will be time to raise and discuss questions that concern legal and ethical problems.

Tuition is $25 per person. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 14.

How to sign up

On a sheet of paper or using the application in the PDF of Volume 22, No. 1 of NESPA News on this site, include the name of your publication/program, your adviser’s name and email, your adviser’s signature, your school name, school phone and school address.

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. 14.

Special contest on localizing

When you show how issues that affect people in your state, your country or around the world also affect people in your own school community, that’s localizing.

To enter the 2016 Localizing Contest, please send the broadcast or published work with the entry form and fee. Entries must have been published or broadcast between May 3 and December 31, 2016.

Submissions can be artwork, blogs, charts, columns, diagrams, documentaries, editorials, essays, fiction, news or feature stories, podcasts, single photos or photo illustrations, photo essays, poetry, podcasts, PSAs, special pages, special sections, slide shows or spreads.

For print media please send complete page, unmounted tear sheet on which entry appears.

Yearbooks please send either a PDF or photocopy of the page(s) from your 2016 book.

Tape a filled out copy of the entry form in the print PDF of Volume 22, No. 1 to the upper right corner of the back of EACH entry.

Broadcasts please send DVD.

Put the web link to each online entry on the entry form.

Entry fee: NONE for NESPA members; $3 per entry for non-members.

Send entries to New England Scholastic Press Association, Helen F. Smith, executive director, Boston University, College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 02215.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

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.

For a list of 200 topics to localize, please see NESPA News Fall, 2016 on this site.

Scheduling visits to your school

Visits present opportunities to address particular areas of interest.

After school or during a class period, these 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 visits have included:

  • advertising sales and managing the business side
  • critiques of current publications
  • design and redesign techniques
  • techniques to monitor copy flow more efficiently
  • news and feature coverage and writing
  • sports coverage and writing
  • curriculum planning
  • copyediting and proofreading

How to arrange a visit

To arrange for a visit, please contact Helen F. Smith, NESPA’s executive director, at 617-353-3478, or

Visits are free to members in good standing as of May 2, 2016 and to those who join this fall.

NESPA dates to note

Friday, Oct. 14: Registration deadline for workshop on how to avoid legal traps of reporting from the Internet.

Friday, Oct. 28: Workshop on how to avoid legal traps of reporting from the Internet. 10-noon at College of Communication, Boston University.

Friday, Jan. 13: Special Contest on Localizing entries are due.

Friday, April 6: Annual publication and production contest deadline. Details in the next newsletter.

Friday, May 5: New England Scholastic Press Association’s 67th annual conference at Boston University.

Friday, June 9: Registration deadline for teachers’ workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.

June 26-June 30: Workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.

For details and procedures on membership, workshop registration, professional award nominations and contest entry forms, please download the NESPA News Fall, 2016 print edition on this site.