Download certificate of attendance

Download and complete this certificate of attendance for the Boston convention if you need verification for your employer.

Live stream from the convention

Live streaming video by Ustream

With 5,500 attendees expected for this week’s JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, this fall’s conference is one of our largest ever.

While this provides an incredible level of energy and tremendous opportunities for networking, it also will undoubtedly lead to some full sessions. We encourage all attendees to look over the convention program closely and have second, even third choices lined up in case their preferred session is full.

We might even be facing a capacity situation in our main auditorium for our general sessions on Thursday night and Friday afternoon. While we know not everyone attends the keynotes, we might be forced to turn folks away should we reach maximum occupancy.

As a result, we’ve elected to live stream both the Thursday night and Friday afternoon keynote sessions at Videos will also be archived for later viewing should you miss the keynote.

What’s more, you can still interact during the general session by tweeting questions to our keynote speaker using #nhsjc. We will be taking questions both from Twitter and from the live audience during the show.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston, and if you can’t make it to the keynote, we also look forward to your seeing us at

Mobile program now available

JEA/NSPA Fall 2013 has gone mobile using Guidebook.

GuidebookWe encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site at

To get the guide, visit

Program available for download

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2013 Program – Boston (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2013 Program – Boston (PDF)

A PDF of the program for the Fall National High School Journalism Convention is available for download. The program includes details on all convention activities, including session listings/descriptions, awards, speaker biographies, hotel maps, special events, keynote speakers, convention officials, sponsors and more.

A printed version of the program will be available for pickup during registration at the convention. Because of last-minute additions, cancellations or changes, please be sure to pick up your copy of “Convention Update” at the registration desk during the convention.

No preregistration is required for individual breakout sessions except for hands-on computer sessions and Thursday preconvention workshops. Seating in each meeting room is limited, and convention officials encourage advisers and students to choose alternate sessions in the event a meeting room fills quickly. Sessions are 50 minutes long, unless otherwise noted, with 10-minute breaks between sessions. All sessions will be at the Sheraton Boston and the Hynes Convention Center.

Archive: Online chat about the convention

Overflow hotel information available

If you are having difficulty booking rooms at the official convention hotels — the Sheraton Boston or the Hilton Back Bay — overflow hotel options are now available through A Room With A View.

Visit the Convention Hotel page for details.

Registration booklet available online

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2013 Registration Booklet - Boston (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2013 Registration Booklet – Boston (PDF)

Download a PDF of the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention registration booklet, which outlines everything you need to know about registering for and attending the convention in Boston.

Printed versions of the registration booklet should be hitting mailboxes of JEA and NSPA members within a few weeks.

Student multimedia teams sought

JEA is searching for student teams to come to the convention in Boston to help create a two-minute public service announcement that addresses the question: “How does media affect the way teenagers view themselves and the world?”

mccormick-logoThe teams will be led through all aspects of producing a PSA and will join a pre-production discussion on news literacy values and how to approach the project from an informed, literate perspective. Members of each team should have demonstrated multimedia skills and will be expected to interview students at the convention and use on-site footage to produce an innovative, student-centered video that addresses this question in a creative and professional way.

Thanks to a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, each school will be provided $1,000 to help offset expenses related to attending the convention. One school must be from the Chicago area.

Advisers should apply using the form available at

Coming to the convention? Get involved

If you plan to attend the JEA/NSPA convention, consider getting involved by speaking, judging Write-off or Best of Show competitions, or critiquing yearbooks, newspapers, video or magazines. Pick an area that interests you and contact us.

Most Write-off contests take place on Friday afternoon, and the judging occurs on Friday evening. To sign up to judge Write-offs, contact Nancy Smith at

Those interested in judging Best of Show should contact Grace Christiansen, NSPA, at 612-625-4337 or Best of Show judges cannot have students in attendance at the convention.

If you are an experienced adviser, you can help with On-site critiques. You’ll receive copies of a newspaper, yearbook, magazine or video in advance of the convention. At the convention you will meet with the staff of the publication and provide constructive criticism of its work. To help with critiques, contact
Nancy Olson ( or Brian Baron (

There may be times still available for session speakers. If you are interested in presenting a session, email Connie Fulkerson at

Keynote speakers announced

The JEA/NSPA Fall 2013 National High School Journalism Convention in Boston has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Juliette N. Kayyem

Juliette N. Kayyem

Juliette N. Kayyem
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14
Juliette N. Kayyem has been a columnist for the Boston Globe and on the faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After only a year writing for the Globe, she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013. She recently served for President Barack Obama as assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She has spent more than 15 years in senior positions in state and federal government, including as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s homeland security adviser and a legal adviser to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Kayyem is the author of numerous books and articles on counterterrorism and national security. She is a national security analyst for CNN and her column is distributed worldwide by the New York Times wire. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she is married to David Barron and they have three children.

Twitter: @juliettekayyem

Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath
1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15
As deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series FRONTLINE, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives. Since joining FRONTLINE in 2007, Aronson-Rath has expanded the series’ reach and reporting capabilities. Aronson-Rath has also developed and managed more than a dozen in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, PBS NewsHour, CBC Television and most recently ESPN. Before helping to manage the series, Aronson-Rath produced, directed and wrote several award-winning FRONTLINE films, including News War, The Last Abortion Clinic and The Jesus Factor. Prior to joining FRONTLINE, she worked on award-winning series at ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and MSNBC. Early in her career, while living in Taipei, she was a newspaper reporter for The China Post. Aronson-Rath has a bachelor’s degree in South Asian studies and history from the University of Wisconsin. She received her master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Twitter: @raneyaronson
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