Newsletter Fall 2019

Visual storytelling with dynamic design to be fall workshop focus

From newspapers to yearbooks to magazines and online publications, staffs and advisers must understand how to attract readers and guide them to read stories.

Visual storytelling with dynamic design will be the focus of the New England Scholastic Press Association’s fall workshop Friday, Nov. 1 at Boston University’s College of Communication.

Laura Schaub, national education director for Lifetouch Yearbooks, will give the presentation.

Having served as executive director of the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association at the University of Oklahoma where she taught courses in typography, design, desktop publishing and photography, she previously taught journalism and advised student publications at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK.

She is a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key recipient and a former Dow Jones Newspaper Fund distinguished adviser. She was inducted into the National Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame, served as president of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association for two terms and chaired the CSPA Judging Standards and Practices Committee.

She has been presenting sessions at NESPA’s annual conference for more than 10 years.

In the workshop from 10-noon she will show how strong, storytelling photos, when placed strategically on pages, pull readers into those pages and direct them toward the written words.

After she talks about designing pages for newspapers, magazine and yearbooks, she will show two or three examples of video stories.

Then there will be opportunities for participants to work in groups and create story packages.

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. 25.

How to enter 2019 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 2019 Localizing Contest, please send the broadcast or published work with the entry form and fee. Entries must have been published or broadcast between May 4 and December 31, 2019.

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 printout or photo copy of the pages from your 2019 book, tape a filled out copy of the entry form in the print PDF of Vol. 25, 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, MA 02215

Deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

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, 2019 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 productions.

Topics of recent visits have included advertising sales and managing the business side critiques of current publications news and feature coverage and writing sports coverage and writing copyediting and proofreading starting a new publication staff organization.

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 3, 2019 and to those who join this fall.

NESPA dates to note

Friday, Oct. 25: Registration deadline for workshop on staff motivation and organization in an era of technological change

Friday, Nov. 1: Workshop on visual storytelling with dynamic design

Friday, Jan 10: Localizing contest entries due. Nominations  for the Robert
Baram Award and other individual honors also due.

Friday, April 10: Annual publication and production contest deadline.
Details in the next newsletter.

Friday, May 1: New England Scholastic Press
Association’s 71st annual conference at Boston University.

June 22-June 24: Workshop on How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.

For details and procedures on membership, registration, professional
award nominations and contest entry forms, please download the NESPA News Fall, 2019 print edition on this site.