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National Conventions

The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA’s on-site Write-off contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career roundtables and evening entertainment.

Breakout sessions for students from all media types — newspaper, online, broadcast, yearbook and magazine — are planned to meet the publishing and broadcasting needs of all scholastic student media. Some are specifically for advisers, administrators or middle school students. Whether it’s ethics and law, technology and design, advertising and business operations, photography and art or just the basics of news writing and reporting, this convention covers the bases.

With typical attendance of more than 4,000 delegates, the JEA/NSPA convention has become the place to seek solutions to the most challenging publishing and broadcasting problems, share and celebrate success stories, see what’s new in the media marketplace, discover trends and network with students and advisers from throughout the United States.

WHY CONVENTIONS MATTER

Are you running into some obstacles at your school regarding convention travel? We know that field trip restrictions are tighter than ever, and we’re here to help. Download this PDF to share with your administrators as you seek travel approval. This one-page document promotes the benefits of JEA/NSPA national conventions and might help showcase why conventions offer essential learning experiences — for teachers and students — beyond the regular classroom.

TRAVEL
Planning on attending a convention? Here’s everything from basic rules to permissions slips to guidance on flying. CLICK HERE.

CONVENTION HISTORY
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Statistics from spring 1990 through spring 2012
Average — 3,802
Fall average — 4,184
Spring average — 3,437
Largest — Washington, D.C., fall 2014 (6,406)

2018
Spring San Francisco (April 12-15)

2017
Spring Seattle (April 6-9)
Fall Dallas (Nov. 16-19)

2016
Spring Los Angeles (April 14-17)
Fall Indianapolis (Nov. 10-13)

2015
Spring Denver (April 16-19)
Fall Orlando (Nov. 12-15)

2014
Spring San Diego (April 10-13) 3,267
Fall Washington, D.C. (Nov. 6-9) 6,406

2013
Spring San Francisco (April 25-28) 4,120
Fall Boston (Nov. 14-17) 5,765

2012
Spring Seattle (April 12-15) 3,195
Fall San Antonio (Nov. 15-18) 4,540

2011
Spring Anaheim (April 14-17) 3,814
Fall Minneapolis (Nov. 17-20) 4,214

2010
Spring Portland (April 15-18) 2,739
Fall Kansas City (Nov. 11-14) 4,599

2009
Spring Phoenix (April 16-19) 2,800
Fall Washington, D.C. (Nov. 12-15) 6,353

2008
Spring Anaheim 4,461
Fall St. Louis (Nov. 13-16) 5,020

2007
Spring Denver (April 12-15) 3,367
Fall Philadelphia (Nov. 8-11) 4,802

2006
Spring San Francisco 4,263 (April 20-23)
Fall Nashville 5,020 (Nov. 9-12)

2005
Spring Seattle 4,320
Fall Chicago 6,191 (Nov. 10-13)

2004
Spring San Diego 4,355
Fall Atlanta 3,869

2003
Spring Portland 3,596
Fall Washington, D.C. 4,803

2002
Spring Phoenix 3,612
Fall Dallas 5,278

2001
Spring San Francisco 5,367
Fall Boston 3,155

2000
Spring Anaheim 4,770
Fall Kansas City 4,319

1999
Spring Albuquerque 2,613
Fall Atlanta 4,102

1998
Spring Seattle 4,517
Fall Washington, D.C. 5,121

1997
Spring Phoenix 3,547
Fall St. Louis 4,129

1996
Spring San Francisco 3,925
Fall Chicago 4,380

1995
Spring San Diego 2,949
Fall Kansas City 3,461

1994
Spring Portland 2,355
Fall Dallas 3,033

1993
Spring Long Beach 2,675
Fall Washington, D.C. 3,349

1992
Spring Denver 1,800
Fall Columbus 2,100

1991
Spring Albuquerque 2,200
Fall Chicago 3,138

1990
Spring Seattle 1,830
Fall Indianapolis 1,610