Newsletter Spring 2020

NESPA to host conference Friday, May 1 at Boston University

Peter Smith, College of Communication, to give keynote speech, ‘The Right to Photograph’

Peter Smith, a master lecturer at Boston University’s College of Communication, will give the keynote speech, “The Right to Photograph,” at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s 72nd annual conference Friday, May 1.

He teaches photo and multimedia journalism to graduate and under-graduate students.

Lighting, digital workflow, portfolio development, web creation and multimedia storytelling are key components of his classes.

He began his career working for a newspaper, the Eagle Tribune in North Andover, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

He has photographed for Getty Images, Gamma, Gamma Liaison and for Polaris Images.

Having taught as adjunct faculty through the 1990s, Smith has been a full-time faculty member since 2000.

With refreshments available from 7:30-8:30, conference 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 media specialists will share information with the aim of supporting excellence in scholastic Journalism.

Also at the conference, delegates will find panels, exhibits, round-tables and workshops where they can learn about the latest trends, and share concerns and ideas.

Advisers can sign up for detailed publication critiques and on-site visits.


  • Advertising and managing the business side
  • Advisers’ round table
  • Best practices online
  • Column writing
  • Conducting surveys to inform reporting
  • Covering the news for broadcast
  • Developing literary magazines
  • Designing with coverage in mind
  • Editorial writing
  • Editors in chief round table
  • Feature writing
  • Fighting for your right to know
  • Interview techniques
  • Investigative reporting
  • Law and the scholastic press
  • News writing
  • Opinion coverage and writing
  • Photoshop tips and tricks
  • School arts coverage
  • Sports writing and editing
  • Yearbook coverage, writing and design.


Presentation of the All New England Awards will honor outstanding broadcast, print, print/online and online productions and publications in their school population categories.

Productions and publications will also receive Special Achievement Awards based on the excellence of individual submissions.


Those whose forms arrive at Boston University by April 3 will receive a preliminary conference program and speakers’ list, and a list of places to have lunch nearby.


Membership fee is $50 for each school entering publication and/or broadcast units.

This change is to encourage more scholastic media including magazines and yearbooks to participate.

For information on joining NESPA and entering contests, please see Spring, 2020 newsletter on this website.