CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 7, 1999
UI hosts high school journalists for statewide conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa The Iowa High School Press
Association (IHSPA) will host high school journalists from across the state
Wednesday, Oct. 13 during its annual fall conference at the University of
Iowa. Among those presenting workshop sessions are media representatives from
Eastern Iowa, as well as university and high school journalism teachers. The
conference runs from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Featured this year will be programming reflecting
the anticipation of a new millennium in scholastic journalism, while at the
same time observing the 30th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court
ruling in the Tinker v. Des Moines Schools case. As the state in which this
student expression rights case originated, and one of the few to legislatively
embrace student press freedoms, the IHSPA feels it is important to address
the significance of Tinker and First Amendment rights in its conference programming,
said Ann Visser, IHSPA president.
Conference sessions focus on developing the skills
of Iowa's high school journalists, who are some of the nation's best, said
Visser. Iowa high school yearbooks and newspapers consistently are ranked
among the best in nationwide competitions. Iowa also has a long tradition
of advisers who are nationally recognized for their excellence in teaching.
An awards ceremony will be held at the day's end.
Student photo, writing, and yearbook awards will be presented, as will the
IHSPA publication advisers of the year and the school administrator of the
Newspaper and yearbook advisers and their staffs are
encouraged to exchange advice and instruction with their colleagues of IHSPA
during the conference programs. In addition to covering the basics, topics
will include new ventures taken on by schools, including Web sites and advertising
Those interested in participating should register
the day of the conference on the second floor of the Iowa Memorial Union,
at the corner of Jefferson and Madison Streets in Iowa City. For more information,
contact Vanessa Shelton at (319) 335-3318 or email@example.com.