NEWSPA Preview

by Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

The annual spring conference of the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association, or as it is more commonly known around here, NEWSPA, is this Wednesday, April 9. Here is a brief run-down of what to expect.

NEWSPA is one of three statewide organizations for high school journalists. The UW Oshkosh Department of Journalism sponsors the conference, and faculty and students participate in some sessions.

There are impressive speakers with helpful information for prospective journalists in any area of journalism. This year there are two presenters coming from out of state to speak at the conference.

For the keynote panel session, all four of the participants are working at impressive jobs, having gotten to where they are before age 30. The speakers will share ideas and insights of how today’s students can get their dream job, and get it soon.

NEWSPA has three time periods with 40-minute sessions for a total of 40 sessions throughout the day. Speakers will cover an array of topics from Taking Your Newspaper From Print to Online, to Photoshop Tips and Tricks. The sessions will include pointers for students to be successful both in college and in getting internships.

The conference also conducts high school newspaper and yearbook competitions judged by professionals. There were more than 600 entries this year with 300 first-, second- and third-place awards being presented in the closing ceremonies. The judges provide feedback so the students can learn and improve in the future.

NEWSPA can also benefit the students of UWO by giving them the opportunity to meet professionals in their field and learn their secrets to success. This also gives them the chance at building relationships and possible networking for the future.

The 2014 NEWSPA conference sessions on Wednesday will be in Reeve Memorial Union. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.


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