NESPA to host conference

Student journalists and advisers from all over New England will convene at Boston University Friday, April 30 for the New England Scholastic Press Association’s 62nd annual conference.

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.

Keynote speech

Thomas E. Fiedler, dean of Boston University’s College of Communication, will speak on “Why Journalism Has a Bright Future.”

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.

Here are some of the sessions and programs delegates can expect:

For advisers

Exchange of materials for instruction

Round-table on workable visions for the future of scholastic journalism

Sign-ups for detailed publication critiques and on site visits after the conference

For staffs

  • Computer tips
  • Conducting effective interviews
  • Design
  • Ethical considerations for journalists
  • Feature writing
  • How journalism education is changing at the college level
  • Investigative reporting
  • Interviewing
  • Law and the scholastic press
  • News writing
  • Opinion coverage and writing
  • Photojournalism and digital technology
  • Public relations
  • Reporting as a career
  • Social networking and journalism
  • Sports writing
  • Staff motivation and news publication management
  • Starting a literary magazine
  • Typography
  • Yearbook design and writing tips

Awards and recognition

Presentation of the All New England Awards will honor outstanding print and broadcast productions in their school population categories. Publications and broadcasts will also receive special achievement awards.

All-New England Contests now include online

With a new online category this year, 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, online news/magazines and yearbooks. DEADLINE for receipt of entries at the College of Communication: April 1, 2010.

Special Achievement Contests under way

The NESPA Special Achievement Awards are designed to reward excellence in individual work and teamwork for New England’s secondary school media.

This competition is open to students who have contributed to a student broadcast medium or online or print publication at a public, independent or parochial senior high school.

DEADLINE for receipt of entries at the College of Communication: April 1, 2010.


  • Broadcasting: Documentary, Feature story, Newscast series, News story, PSA
  • 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, Opinion page design, Photo illustration, Sports page design, News photo, News series, News story, Sports photo, Sports story, Review, Typographical design
  • Online/multimedia: Interactive graphic, Podcast, Slide show with audio, Slide show with photos
  • Yearbook: Advertisement, Caption writing (three spreads), Cover, Theme development and cover, Feature photo, Feature spread, Feature story, Headline writing (three spreads), Sports photo, Sports spread, Sports story, Typographical design

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