Virtual national convention
March • April • May
Nov. 11-14, 2021
More information coming soon
About JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Conventions
The JEA/NSPA 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 National Student Media Contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career round tables 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.
Planning on attending a convention? Here's everything from basic rules to permission slips to guidance on flying. CLICK HERE.
JEA and NSPA invite teachers and professionals to speak at our national conventions about tips, topics and trends relevant to scholastic media.
For inquiries about sponsorship, exhibit space or advertising, visit the National Scholastic Press Association and select the appropriate contract.
Vendors interested in bidding on audio-visual or other event services can contact JEA's executive director:
Spring — March 15 to May 15, 2021
If you are a Pacific Northwest scholastic journalism educator who wishes to assist the local team, contact the local volunteer coordinator: Anne Hayman, email@example.com.
Philadelphia — Nov. 11-14, 2021
If you are a local scholastic journalism educator who wishes to assist the local team, contact the Kelly Glasscock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the link for some cities to view pictures and other information from that convention.
Statistics from spring 1990 through fall 2020
Average — 4,022
Fall average — 4,536
Spring average — 3,507
Largest — Washington, D.C., fall 2014 (6,406)