Newsletter: Fall 2017

Making the most of multimedia options to be focus of fall workshop

Expert advice on how scholastic journalists can make the most of multi-media options will be the focus of this year’s fall workshop Monday, Oct. 23 from 10-noon.

Experienced professional to give presentation

Michelle Johnson, an associate professor of the practice, multimedia/online journalism at Boston University, will give the keynote presentation.

She has extensive experience in writing, editing and production for both print and online media. A former editor for the Boston Globe, she was on the team that launched

Before moving into online media she was an editor for the Metro, National, Foreign and Business sections of the newspaper.

After her work launching, she wrote a personal technology column.

Now, in addition to teaching full time at the College of Communication, Johnson oversees the award-winning Boston University News Service.

In 2015, Johnson was chosen to be among the first cohort of professional journalists and journalism educators who have been certified to train journalists in how to use Google tools. The program is a collaboration among Poynter Institute, Google and the Society of Professional Journalists.

For more than 15 years she has taught numerous multimedia workshops for professional journalists as well as student training programs.

Panelists to discuss scholastic experiences

Following Johnson’s presentation there will be a discussion with panelists from this year’s All New England Award winners in the online and print/online categories.

Advisers and editors will describe challenges that technological changes have presented in terms of scheduling, coverage and communication, and how their staffs work together to meet them.

There will also be time to raise and discuss questions of special concern.

Staffs and advisers from all student media are welcome to attend the workshop. Tuition is $25 per person. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 13.

How to enter 2017 Localizing Contest

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 2017 Localizing Contest, please send the broadcast or published work with the entry form and fee. Entries must have been published or broadcast between May 5 and December 31, 2017.

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, 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 2017 book.

Tape a filled out copy of the entry form in the print PDF of Volume 23, 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. 12, 2018.

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 an updated list of 200 topics to localize, please see NESPA News Fall, 2017 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
  • news and feature coverage and writing
  • sports coverage and writing
  • copyediting and proofreading
  • starting a new publication.

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 5, 2017 and to those who join this fall.

NESPA dates to note

  • Friday, Oct. 13: Registration deadline for workshop on making the most of multimedia options.
  • Monday, Oct. 23: Workshop on making the most of multimedia options. 10-noon at College of Communication, Boston University.
  • Friday, Jan. 12: Localizing Contest entries are due. Nominations for Robert Baram Award and other individual honors are also due.
  • Friday, April 6: Annual publication and production contest deadline. Details in the next newsletter.
  • Friday, May 4: New England Scholastic Press Association’s 70th annual conference at Boston University.
  • Friday, June 8: Registration deadline for teachers’ workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.
  • June 25-June 29: 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, 2017 print edition on this site.