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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 year.

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 programs.

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