2020 Summer Workshop for Advisers

The New England Scholastic Press Association invites you to a workshop June 22, 23 and 24 at Boston University in the College of Communication.

How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication

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, sports and opinion 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 from 10-4 with a break for lunch.

Participants should bring with them a set of news publications students have produced during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The fee is $200. Parking will be available. NESPA provides PDPs to Massachusetts teachers.

Helen Smith, executive director of the New England Scholastic Press Association, will be the lead teacher. Experienced advisers will share their successes and answer questions during the workshop.

For more information, please contact Helen Smith at phsmith@igc.org.

Download the application.