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Release: Oct. 12, 2001
UI hosts high school journalists for statewide conference
The Iowa High School Press Association (IHSPA) will host high school journalists
from across the state Wednesday, Oct. 17 during its annual fall State Conference
at the University of Iowa. Among those presenting workshop sessions are media
representatives and university and high school journalism teachers. The conference
runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The theme "Building on the Past," recognizes the 80th
anniversary of the IHSPA.
Featured this year will be Scott MacKay, political reporter for the Providence
(R.I.) Journal, who will speak who will speak about "Covering the Beat," which
this past year has included two of the most significant stories in American
history - the 2000 Presidential election and the Sept. 11 attack. Also, Michael
Lorenzen, coach of the UI women's gymnastics team will speak on "The High
School Journalist's Guide to the Wide World of Sports Beyond Football and
Conference sessions focus on developing the skills of Iowa's high school
journalists, who are some of the nation's best, said Vanessa Shelton, IHSPA
director. 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.
In addition to sessions on writing, editing, photography and managing, the
conference will feature a panel of student reporters and editors from The
Daily Iowan discussing their coverage of the World Trade Center attack from
the field. Staff members from the Iowa State Daily will discuss boosting advertising
and tackling controversial issues in the college newsroom.
An awards ceremony will be held at the day's end. Student photo, writing,
web site and yearbook awards will be presented, as will awards for IHSPA publication
advisers of the year and school administrator of the year.
Newspaper and yearbook advisers and their staffs are encouraged to exchange
advice and instruction with their IHSPA colleagues during the conference programs.
Topics will include recruiting students to participate in high school journalism,
legal and ethical issues, and a roundtable discussion for new advisers.
Conference registration costs $20, and 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.
The IHSPA is also hosting a regional conference for high school journalists
this month in Des Moines. The regional conference is scheduled for Oct. 25
at Drake University.
For more information about state or regional conferences, contact Vanessa
Shelton at (319) 335-3318 or email@example.com