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Members and other individuals interested in supporting the goals and programs of JEA, NSPA and scholastic journalism are invited to submit convention program proposals for sessions at the national convention. This invitation is extended to teachers/advisers, professional journalists and students in editorial-leadership positions. Proposals must be received by Dec. 15 (spring convention) or July 15 (fall convention), to be listed in the registration booklet. If the deadline has past, please contact Connie Fulkerson at 866-532-5532 or cfulker@ksu.edu to see if speaking times are still available.

Each person submitting a proposal will be notified two months before the convention of the status of that proposal. A tentative program outline will run in the registration booklet.

The number of proposals accepted will be determined by the number of rooms and available time slots. The program committee will look for variety and coverage of topics appropriate for student journalists involved in yearbooks, newspapers, newsmagazines, literary magazines, online news, and broadcasting. In addition, the committee will consider topics appropriate for advisers.

Students, advisers and professionals are invited to submit proposals on topics including, but not limited to, these areas:

  • Reporting, Interviewing
  • Design (yearbook, newspaper, magazine, online)
  • Video (lighting, legal issues, packaging with print, planning)
  • Photography (shooting in special situations, digital photography, legal/ethical issues, photo editing, preparing a portfolio, composition, lighting)
  • Headline and Caption Writing
  • Computer Technology and Digital Media (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, DTP tips and tricks, Internet research, designing Web pages, podcasting, social networking)
  • Public Relations (relating to the school and community)
  • Student Media Law/Ethics (controversial issues, censorship, prior review, plagiarism, copyright/trademark, publication policies)
  • Business/Advertising (fundraising, advertising design, copy writing, sales techniques, business forms)
  • Management/Leadership (staff organization, developing leadership skills)
  • Writing (news, features, sports, editorial, review, creative)
  • Advising Student Media/Other Education Topics
  • Literary, Feature or News Magazines (selecting entries, design, staffing, in-depth reporting, packaging)
  • Junior High/Middle School Journalism (design, writing, other challenges)
  • Scholastic Press Associations (budgets, contests, membership, workshops)
  • Broadcast (filming, lighting, appearing on camera, voice training, pre-production, post-production, interview skills)
  • Copy Editing, Style Guides, Staff Manuals
  • Scholarships, Continuing Journalism in College, Careers

The committee also welcomes proposals from advisers and professionals for an issue seminar series: awareness sessions highlighting such topics as literacy, legal rights, sexual equality, environment, and multicultural issues.

Special consideration will be given to innovative presentations that emphasize audience participation.

Program Form Information

  • The proposal form is designed for equitable and expeditious reviewing of proposals.
  • As professional, nonprofit associations, JEA and NSPA are unable to reimburse program participants for travel and lodging expenses. However, speakers who present two or more sessions (or present one session and judge) and are members of either JEA or NSPA are exempt from the registration fee. In the case of multiple presenters from one school or team-taught sessions, only two fees will be waived without special permission from JEA/NSPA.
  • Students in leadership positions are encouraged to submit proposals. It is recommended that not more than three students present any one session. There are no student fee waivers for speaking. The adviser should be at the session to assist if necessary.
  • Acceptance or rejection of a proposal will be issued in September (fall) and February (spring). Proposers should be sure they have permission from administrators to attend before submitting a proposal.
  • Proposals whose essential purpose is to advertise or disseminate information about books, materials or services for sales will not be accepted. Exhibit space and advertising in the program will be available for sale.
  • No proposal will be disqualified from consideration because it requires audio-visual equipment; but with a limited budget for equipment rental, program proposers should indicate the need for AV equipment only if it is essential.
  • The program proposal form provides a space for description of the presentation that will be used in the program. Proposers are urged to provide clear, brief and specific descriptions of the session.
  • Membership in JEA or NSPA is not required for convention program participation; however, in cases of equally good proposals on similar topics, proposals submitted by members may be favored.Proposals should be received no later than Dec. 15 for spring conventions and July 15 for fall convention (preferably well before this date).

Email questions about the speaker proposal form to cfulker@ksu.edu.