National High School Journalism Convention

An amazingly valuable experience awaits high school journalists and their advisers: the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention that occurs during the spring and fall of each year!

These semi-annual conventions are sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

The next one, “WE THE MEDIA,” takes place November 6-9, 2014 in Washington DC.

“There’s no better place to learn about journalism than in the nation’s capital, where many top reporters practice their craft and where democracy, politics and media converge,” states the WE THE MEDIA, JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention website. “…JEA and NSPA invite you to the nation’s capital for storytelling experiences and memories galore.”


The convention is geared towards students from across the country who are involved with their high school yearbook, newspaper, broadcast station, magazine or online media source.

Advisers/teachers/administrators are also invited to attend and there are some networking events tailored especially for them as well.

According to the JEA, over 4,000 delegates typically attend each conference.


JEA and NSPA put together an impressive program for their journalism conference:

  • Successful, high profile speakers (the fall 2014 keynote speakers include ESPN’s Jay Harris and investigative journalist Bob Woodward).
  • Tons of educational sessions, workshops and seminars, learning about such things as issues (like media rights or covering religion) writing, web, computer, news literacy, teambuilding, design, editing and entrepreneurship.
  • Small group sessions with professionals (sit-down, critiques or shadowing).
  • Media tours
  • Networking with other students/advisers.
  • Social and tourist activities/contests/competitions

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention


There are plenty of great professional, educational and confidence-building reasons why students and advisers alike benefit from attending the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

Some excerpts from testimonials featured in JEA/NSPA’s resource document “Why Conventions Matter” state:

“I’ve had students who were offered amazing deals for college admission right off the convention floor.”

“Besides the academic experience of the convention, taking low-income students — many of whom have never flown before, never stayed in a hotel, never toured another city — is a life-changing opportunity for them.”

“Conventions are the best value-added educational opportunity school boards can provide for student journalists and their advisers…It also gives students a chance to hone 21st-century skills like collaboration, creativity, communication and problem-solving, which are career skills we hope all students will leave with when they graduate.”

“When students see 5,000 other people their age come together for something bigger than themselves, it lights a spark in them that I’ve never been able to replicate.”


For more information on “WE THE MEDIA,” the Fall 2014 National High School Journalism Convention, visit:

Or start planning for you and your group to attend a future convention, such as Denver, April 2015 or Orlando, November 2015. For more information, visit:

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