Outreach Academy

With the convention in Indianapolis this fall, it would be a great opportunity for new advisers to attend the JEA Outreach Academy.

As you know, teaching journalism can be a real challenge — especially the way trends and issues change. It can be hard for any journalism educator, but especially those who are new or in districts what may be resource-challenged.

That’s one of the reasons the JEA has, for the past 11 years, offered a one-day workshop at each convention for new advisers who are minorities, teach in minority-majority schools, or in under-served district.

The Outreach Academy is offered on the Thursday of the convention and gives participants a “boot camp” introduction — and resources — to journalism education.  The workshop is led by Anthony Whitten, Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The Outreach Academy in Indianapolis will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.
In addition to free registration, there is an amazing list of benefits and bonuses available to participants.   Information about the OutreachAcademy is available at  About the Outreach Academy  with the application at this link. Applicants need to make sure to select the IndyOutreach Academy on the pull-down menu, Outreach Academy Application.



New Training Modules

ASNE and Missouri School of Journalism offer unique training resources for high schools: 24 online modules available now

The American Society of News Editors collaborated with Missouri School of Journalism faculty and staff to develop journalism training resources for secondary-school teachers and students.

“Both the novice and experienced journalism teacher can take their student media program to the next level, with these resources” said Teri Hayt, ASNE executive director, “The modules are a lifesaver for anyone thrown into teaching journalism for the first time. Yet, more experienced teachers also benefit from the minimal prep time and access to exceptional resources.”

Check them out at http://www.schooljournalism.org/journalism-training/


Scholarship Opportunity

The Karl Monroe Scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman and renewed for the following seven semesters, providing the  student continues as a full-time student in the School of Journalism at SIUC and maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  The student must be recommended by a high school publications adviser or English teacher, have been involved in student publications or newspaper stringing while in high school and express an intention to pursue newspaper work as a career.  The student must reside in Southern Illinois.

The scholarship application must be postmarked by April 30, 2016 and should be returned to:

Jack Young, Academic Adviser

School of Journalism

Mailcode 6601

Carbondale, IL  62901

Scholarship Application for Entering JRNL Students 2016-2 (1)

The Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act

House Bill 5902, The Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act,  was filed by Rep Will Guzzardi on Thursday, Feb. 11. The bill guarantees that scholastic journalists are not restricted by prior review, prior restraint or censorship of the content they produce. The bill’s progress is being posted on Facebook on the New Voices Illinois page or on Twitter at ILNewVoices. IJEA is also posting updates on their webpage.

Please, talk to your student journalists, alums and colleagues about the bill and its importance as well as sharing the information with parent groups. The latest update from Stan Zoller is below…
The  bill has advanced out of the Rules Committee and has been assigned to the Judiciary -Civil Committee.

Here’s a link to the committee.  House Judiciary — Civil Committee

Can you see if any of its members may be folks to contact from your neck of the woods?



Registering for IHSA Journalism

Our rep to the IHSA Journalism Contest Committee, Dana Donovan (Okawville) put together a PDF that outlines changes to the contest and how to register. Our plan was to distribute it at the advisers’ meetings, but that didn’t happen, so  we are uploading here for your convenience. Have a great day!

Registering for IHSA Journalism

SISPA 2016

It was a crazy, snowy day at this year’s SISPA Conference, but in spite of lower than average attendance, we had a great day.

Thanks to the staffs at Carbondale, Herrin, Frankfort, Wayne City and Harrisburg for hanging in there and adapting on the fly. On behalf of the planning committee, we truly appreciate your flexibility.

Additional thanks to Kim Green for the keynote address and the senior interview, Kyle Carter for some great photo sessions and Tara Sullivan and her staff for their session on convergence. We also appreciate Donnie Wall who was our news interview subject and Sherida Evans who took time out from her many other duties as our SISPA liaison with the SIUC School of Journalism  to serve as the feature interview subject.

Sheri will be out of her office for a week or so, but when she returns, she will be mailing out awards and information that couldn’t be handed out today due to weather conditions. The list of award winners has been posted on the website as have congratulations to Dr. Manion Rice Yearbook Adviser of the Year winners Monica Sorrels and Trudy Hurd and to Dr. Manion Rice Newspaper Adviser of the Year winner Amanda Thrun. If you happen to see them, congratulate them on a job well-done!

Be on the lookout for a Google Forms survey that’s coming your way soon. The planning committee is looking toward the future of the organization, and we need  your help to make that happen. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at the Sectionals at SIUC on April 23 and others at the State meet on April 29.

Until then, be sure to send me an email if there’s anything I can do for you.

Best Wishes,


Happy Scholastic Journalism Week!


And what better way to celebrate than attending the SISPA Winter Conference on Wednesday!

JEA has put together some great ideas for celebrating scholastic journalism week with your students. Check them out on the organization’s website.

SISPA Schedule of Events

9 to 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony in Ballroom D

Introduction: Ms. Cathy Wall

Welcome Address: Dr. Uche Onyebadi, Director, School of Journalism

Keynote Address: Ms. Kim Green, Ball State University, Dept. of Journalism

General Announcements: Ms. Cathy Wall

9:40 to 11:10 a.m. On-Site Contests


Photography (Kaskaskia Room)

Editing (Iroquois Room)


News Writing- Live Interview (Activity Room A)

Editorial Writing (Activity Room B)

Yearbook Sports Copy (Activity Room C)

Sports Writing (Activity Room D)

Yearbook Feature Copy (Mackinaw Room)

Senior Interview – Live Interview (Mississippi  Room)

Review Writing (Saline Room)

Feature Writing – Live Interview (Missouri Room)

Yearbook Theme Development (Ballroom B )

Advertising Design (Illinois Room)

Editorial Cartooning (Sangamon Room)

Educational Sessions

First Round Sessions 9:40 to 10:20 a.m.

Free Speech Rights of the Student Press (Ohio Room)

Tapping the Brakes: Balancing Accuracy With Speed in a Social World (Ballroom A)

Getting the Most Out of an Interview (Ballroom C)

Photo (Ballroom D)

Second Round Sessions 10:30 to 11:10 a.m.


Getting to know the SIUC School of Journalism (Ohio Room)

How to cover elections on a local level (Ballroom A)

Website Basics (Ballroom C)

Photo (Ballroom D)

11:15 to 12:35 p.m. Advisers’ Lunch (Iroquois Room)

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Closing Assembly in Ballroom D

Manion Rice Adviser of the Year Awards: Dr. Uche Onyebadi

Golden Dozen Yearbook Certificates and Yearbook Awards: Ms. Gina Shook

Blue Banner Newspaper Awards: Ms. Dana Donovan

Best Story Newspaper Contest Awards: Ms. Dana Donovan

Yearbook Mail-in Awards: Ms. Dana Donovan

On-Site Contests Awards: Mr. John Wells

Senior Interview Awards and Door Prize: Ms. Cathy Wall

Announcement from Aaron Manfull

This is exciting news from last year’s keynote speaker, Aaron Manfull!
We are excited to announce that Media Now will be offering two chances for high school journalists and their advisers to hone their skills this summer and we’ve got a few new fun changes in store, ranging from Tim Harrower leading a special Newspaper Redesign class in St. Louis to award-winning journalist Ken Fuson helping to take writers at both camps to the next level.

Media Now STL – St. Louis – June 26-29

Media Now Drake – Des Moines – July 6-9
Earlybird registration opens this Friday and cost for attendees (those paying by April 1) is $285. The price jumps to $300 after that and $325 after June 1. Housing on the Maryville or Drake campus is available for an additional $100. Food, camp t-shirt and fun is included with registration.
Media Now is a high school journalism digital media summer camp offered at both Maryville University and now also at Drake University. In four intense days, we expose our campers to the latest media tips and tools available from video and photo editing to social media implementation and promotional tactics through the classroom and large group sessions.
Taught by industry leaders – both professional journalists and current high school or collegiate advisers – we introduce new ideas, provide the training and give hands-on assignments to send them out as energized, more confident and curious journalists. It’s designed with today’s student journalists in mind. We challenge them to combine the craft of solid storytelling with the freshness of digital tools and opportunities available to them right now to turn stories that inform and engage their readers. And we’ll have a little fun while we’re at it.
Beginning Writers Writing on Deadline (Jim Streisel)
Advanced Writers Narrative Storytelling (Ken Fuson)
iPhone Storytelling (Chris Snider)
Web: Taking Your SNO Site to the Next Level (Jason Wallestad)
Broadcast: Video Storytelling and Editing (Matt Rasgorshek)
Social Media (Aaron Manfull Erica Smith)
Design: Indesign (Carlos Ayulo, Stephanie Wilson and Erin Castellano)
Newspaper Redesign (Tim Harrower)
Building Your Publication Brand: Advertising, PR, Promotions  (Adam Maksl)
Yearbook (Sarah Nichols and Jordyn Kiel)
Photography – Essentials (Gary Hairlson)
Photography – Photo Plus (Odell Mitchell and Cami Wade)
Editorial Leadership – EIC (Mitch Eden)
Editorial Leadership – Section Editors (Nancy Smith)
Advising Publications – Teaching and Organizing a Digital Newsroom (Susan Massy)
Editorial Leadership – Editors (Mitch Eden)
Designing with Indesign – Design (Chris Snider)
Narrative Storytelling – Writing (Ken Fuson)
21st Century Yearbook – Yearbook (Sarah Nichols)
Leading the Digital Revolution – Web and Social (Aaron Manfull)
Making Impactful Images – Photo and Multimedia (Jarrin Williams)
The hands-on courses are for for students and advisers alike (aside from the advising course which is for advisers only and the Newspaper Redesign and Editor courses which are for students only). Learn more about the camp options at MediaNow.press.
If 5 or more students from a school attend, the adviser’s registration is only $50.
Students are not required to have their adviser attending for them to attend. Seats are limited in each class as part of our philosophy to give the best attention to each camper at the camp so reserve your spot today at http://medianow.press/registration/.
Hope you join us this summer. Have a great rest of your week!

Mini-Grants Available

The Illinois Press Foundation is once again pleased to offer its Illinois High School Mini-Grants Program for public and private high schools with existing journalism programs. High school journalism teachers may apply for grants up to $1,500 for hardware and/or software needed to produce print or online newspapers.

This is the seventh year the foundation has offered the grants. During 2015, $25,000 was awarded to more than 20 high schools.

Grant applications are due via email by Feb. 26, 2016, to Barry Locher, director, Illinois Press Foundation, at blocher@illinoispress.org. Complete application information is found in the PDF attached below.