The Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA) began in 1969 with a small group of college students traveling to local high schools, teaching students about journalism. Today, nearly 400 people participate annually in our spring conference that brings together media professionals and high school students and advisers for a day of sharing and learning. The annual conference is designed to teach students about the field of journalism through workshops, speakers and the ability to network with other schools and students.
The 2020 NEWSPA conference iscanceled due to COVID-19. NEWSPA will reimburse schools for all paid convention fees. The contest awards will still be given out; the entries are currently out to our judges. In addition, we will still be awarding a $500 NEWSPA scholarship. (Learn more on our scholarship link.) For now, stay healthy! Hope to see everyone in 2021 … SAVE THE DATE: NEWSPA 2021 will be held on April 21.
NEWSPA Board members Matthew Smith at Fond du Lac High School and Shannon Kuehmichel at Berlin High School have joined the JEA Mentoring Program and are looking to take on a handful of new advisers as mentees, ideally in or near the state of Wisconsin. Both are wondering if any of you would happen to either (A) be a new student media adviser interested in assistance or (B) know of a new adviser or a school that might have new advisers. The program is completely free, but new mentees should be in their first or second year of media advising and be willing to commit to two years of work with their mentor. Overseeing student media can be overwhelming and lonely, and the goal of the mentoring program is to help develop and retain quality journalism teachers and programs. As part of the program each mentee receives regular, individualized assistance (in the form of ideas, resources, coaching, etc.) from an experienced adviser nearby as well as free membership in the Journalism Education Association. For more information or if you know of a new adviser who might be interested, contact one or both of the mentors directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
NEWSPA awards one $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans on majoring or minoring in Journalism at any of the UW Oshkosh campuses. Learn more.
NEWSPA sponsors adviser training sessions, yearbook and newspaper competitions and produces three newsletters a year.
The annual conference features sessions with more than 40 media professionals and many opportunities for networking. Learn more