NHSJC speaker information

All convention activities will be at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California, 90071. Hotel rooms may be booked in the convention block for $249 per night through March 16.

Convention registration

Current JEA or NSPA members are eligible for registration fee waivers if they present at least one session and perform another convention volunteer duty (critique student media or judge Write-offs or Best of Show). Only two fee waivers are allowed per school, and no students will be waived unless they are part of the local committee’s selected team of student volunteers.

Even if you will be getting your registration fee waived, convention presenter-attendees need to register online at spring.journalismconvention.org.

Professional media representatives or others coming to the convention just to speak for an hour or two are exempt from this requirement. Your name will be submitted to the convention registrar in lieu of official registration.

Prepare your session

Sessions are 50 minutes unless a longer session is scheduled (please note beginning and ending times). Please end promptly 10 minutes before the next session to give the delegates time to walk to another session and to give the next speaker time to prepare.

If you are doing a slideshow or video presentation, we ask that you include a final slide to encourage people to give feedback on your session on the convention app. After the convention, we would be happy to share that information with you upon request.

Room capacities are included beside your room name in case you’d like to provide handouts. You may distribute instructional materials at your sessions, but the making of copies is your responsibility. To save money, you might consider offering a link to a website where the handout is posted or offer to email the materials after the convention.

At the convention

Advisers and others registered for the convention should check in first at the convention check-in registration area in the back of Pasadena Room, from 1-7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the San Diego Registration Booth. The trade show will be in Pasadena Room on Thursday and Friday.

Featured speakers and other professionals coming in just to speak or do Break with a Pro may stop at the San Diego Registration Booth to check in. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your presentation to pick up your name badge, locate your room and check the audiovisual arrangements.

If you are driving, allow time to park. 

If you have requested an LCD projector, you will need to bring a laptop computer and an adapter if your computer does not have VGA input. If you have requested internet, be prepared with a backup presentation using screen shots in case the internet fails to work.

Tentative schedule

Thursday, April 7

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-convention workshops
JEA Outreach Academy

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
JEA board meeting

1-7 p.m.
Convention check-in
JEA NSMC contests and NSPA Best of Show desks open
Trade show

6:15 p.m.
First-time attendee orientation for advisers

7-9 p.m.
Opening ceremony with keynote speaker Hilde Lysiak

9 p.m.
Book signing with keynote speaker Hilde Lysiak

9-10:30 p.m.
Adviser kickoff reception

Midnight curfew

Friday, April 8

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adviser hospitality

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Convention check-in, trade show

8 a.m.
JEA membership meeting

8 a.m.
Several JEA NSMC broadcast contests begin

8-10:30 a.m.
JEA NSMC contest desk open

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions

9-11 a.m.
Break with a Pro

Noon to 3:30 p.m.
On-site critiques

1 p.m.
NSPA Best of Show deadline

3:30-6 p.m.
JEA certification testing

4-6 p.m.
JEA NSMC contests

6 p.m.
JEA NSMC judging and dinner

8-10 p.m.
Student Swap Shops

8-10 p.m.
Student entertainment: “Home Before Dark” viewing

Midnight curfew

Saturday, April 9

7:30 a.m. to noon
Adviser hospitality 

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Convention check-in

9-11 a.m.
On-site critiques

Noon to 2:20 p.m.
Adviser recognition luncheon

3:30-6 p.m.
Awards ceremony

Midnight curfew

Room capacities

Maximum room capacities are listed on your speaker confirmation, although depending on the layout of the room, audiovisual setup and session demand the actual attendance may be lower. If the room is overflowing, please do not allow attendees to sit in the aisles, which is a fire-safety hazard. 

No selling, please

Occasionally, we hear concerns from adviser or student delegates that they went to a session expecting to be informed about a topic, but were instead subjected to a sales pitch. Please leave this type of presentation out of your session.

Convention style guide

Official name: Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.
Spring convention or national high school journalism convention on second reference. Not JEA convention or NSPA convention.

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If you cannot attend the convention, please immediately contact Lindsay Porter at Porter@jea.org.

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