Conference schedule – October 27 – Register now


Here is the current line up for the IHSPA Conference Thursday October 27, 2016 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. Registration opens at 8:00 and the first speaker is at 8:45 a.m.

Conference timeline - updated 10/18

8:00 AM - all day
Registration opensSecond Floor Lobby
8:00 AM - all dayYearbook vendorsVisit with yearbook representativesBig Ten Lobby 3rd floor
8:45 AMAdrian BrambiliaYouTuber - Business Owner - Dancer - MarketerInvest Trust & Confidence In Yourself & Anything is PossibleAdrian is a 27 year-old YouTuber, Entrepreneur, Dancer, Speaker, and Digital Marketer. He is co-owner of Unimarketa, a 20 year-old firm that is the leader in the space of all things visual, marketing, and customer experience. Adrian posted his first YouTube video dancing “The Robot” in 2007. Two years later, he was touring the world with T-Pain and competing on America’s Got Talent, all while growing a YouTube audience which today has over 72,000 subscribers and over 250,000 monthly visitors. In addition to owning a few online businesses and a not-for-profit called Dance Saves Lives (which dedicates it’s resources to teaching dance to people living in places that can’t afford lessons), Adrian has been working in the marketing agency space for over 5 years. Adrian credits much of his success to his positive support and love from family, friends, and mentors. Most importantly, though, the development and understanding of self-confidence to take risks and deal with failure in a positive manner has been the real fuel to his fire. Adrian’s biggest goal is to help other young people establish self-confidence to set authentic goals, discover true vocation, and inspire initiative to take action towards their dreams. 2nd floor Ballroom
9:15 AMSarah NicholsNational Yearbook Adviser of the YearThe next wave of newsroom leadersSarah Nichols advises Whitney High Student Media, a comprehensive program that includes Details yearbook, The Roar news magazine and Whitney Update news website in Northern California. Her students have been recognized with Pacemaker, Crown and Best of Show awards as well as the First Amendment Press Freedom Award. Nichols is certified as a Master Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association and serves as the organization's vice president. Her professional activities include overseeing the JEA Curriculum Initiative and serving on the Digital Media and Scholastic Press Rights committees as well as teaching Advising Yearbook for Kent State University's online masters program. Nichols has been honored as National Yearbook Adviser of the Year, JEA Medal of Merit, NSPA Pioneer and CSPA Gold Key.2nd floor Ballroom
10:00 AMSarah NicholsNational Yearbook Adviser of the Year "Experimentation in student media"In this session, we'll look at the questions students should be asking as they strive to produce reader-relevant media, operate in a competitive market and prepare for the 21st-century workforce. See how critical thinking and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand as we tackle content, delivery and more.2nd floor Ballroom
10:00 AMBrian SteffenSimpson CollegeYou’re a Failure! (And That’s a Good Thing, Too…)In an age of experimentation and innovation, journalists — and journalism students — are quickly learning the value of failure. What’s that? People who never risk failure typically aren’t innovators, and that’s an essential quality to have in the information economy. In this session, the head of Simpson College’s Multimedia Communication program describes how to weigh risk versus reward and how you can become more comfortable with failure — if you learn and improve through the process.Nebraska 335
10:00 AMBetty Christian Davenport North HSDunk the DeadlinesUsing your noodles, marbles and more to keep your staff energized an unified and participatin team building activities.Lucas-Dodge 256
10:00 AMAdrian BrambiliaYouTuber - Business Owner - Dancer - MarketerHow to become an influencer & make money doing things you would do for free.Learn how Adrian turned his hobby into a media powerhouse channel of over 72,000 subscribers that generates over 10,000 views per day. Get a step by step guide on how you can use your journalism skills to create your own brand, scale an audience, and become an influencer in whatever passions you have. Get tips on how to leverage influence to build clout, make a positive impact, and generate revenue.Iowa Theatre 166
10:00 AMNatalie McDermottDavenport West HSMOD Design 101:Content drives design. Yes, but what does that mean? In this class, I will break down the process from brainstorming topic ideas to creating a magazine-inspired modular design. 6 easy steps will take your design from basic to pro!Minnesota 347
10:00 AMStephen MallyGazette Video JournalistHow to be a video photojournalist in 2016Video for the web has become a crucial skill for every journalist and is a big part of our media consumption. Whether you are a reporter or a full-time video shooter, proper planning and shooting/editing skills are important to produce engaging content. Learn tips for video production including what to think about when planning a project, properly executing production and having a successful rollout. We will also talk about gear from GoPros, DSLRs, and cinema cameras, lighting tools, audio equipment, stabilizers/tripods and sliders.Illinois 348
10:00 AMNina Elkadi West Side Story News EditorThe Los Angeles Times High School InsiderWant to be published in a publication bigger than your high school paper? Find out how you and your fellow staffers can become a part of The Los Angeles Times High School Insider. Learn the specifics from Iowa City West High’s West Side Story News Editor, Nina Elkadi.Penn State 337
10:00 AMJR OgdenThe GazetteSports: Telling good storiesTips on good story telling.Indiana 346
10:45 AMEric FeldmanUI AdmissionsIowa Overview: The Hawkeye Way:“Information for high schoolers on admission requirements, the application process, an introduction to scholarships and financial aid, plus how and when to apply for housing. Come with questions and leave with answers about the important next steps to becoming an Iowa Hawkeye!”Nebraska 335
10:45 AMJason WallestadSchool Newspapers OnlineBest Practices for the WebIllinois 348
10:45 AMNatalie McDermottDavenport West HSBecome a better photographer instantly: In this class you will learn 6 techniques that anyone can use with any camera (even your phone) that will make you a better photographer the minute you walk out the door! Minnesota 347
10:45 AMYearbook editor panelDes Moines East HSHow to finish your yearbook by Spring Break and have fun in the process.Hang with a panel of editors from Des Moines East High School and hear them speak on topics that apply to yearbook staffs all over the state. We will talk deadlines, staff bonding, ladder work and design. The more questions you come with, the better!Penn State 337
10:45 AMLeslie ShippJohnston HS adviserNever BoringWe cover the same topics year after year. That doesn’t mean you should tell the same story every year. Let’s talk about how to dug for stories that people will read.Indiana 346
10:45 AMJonathan RogersCity High Jouranlism AdviserIs Your Homepage Dead? How to get thousands of readers using social mediaOhio State 343
10:45 AMMark WitherspoonIowa State Daily AdviserIts the Democalypse! Be afraid, be very afraid!You've just taken over the United States, and as it's new dictator, you have to decide how best to control your citizens. Getting rid of the five freedoms in the First Amendment would do it. So which ones do you get rid of first. You decide, then we'll see how well you control the masses.Michigan 356
10:45 AMChris SniderDrake UniversitySmartphone videoBy 2019, it is estimated that 80 percent of all Internet traffic will be video. Come learn how to make compelling videos using the camera that is likely in your pocket right now. This presentation will introduce students to apps and hardware to make their smartphone videos stand out.Iowa Theatre 166
10:45 AMLyle Muller & Brian & Cedar Falls HSHigh School Journalism Adults Have to ReadGood journalism creates a response and you have the ability to make that happen, even in high school. This workshop will explain how student journalists at an Iowa high school worked with the nonprofit news organization, IowaWatch, to produce a story so powerful that four Iowa newspapers, a television station and a 20-station radio network published or aired it. Learn how it happened and how you can be part of a similar project this school year.Lucas-Dodge 256
10:45 AMKyle Philips & Molly HunterGeorge Washington HS Putting together a JOY portfolioJoin Molly Hunter, last year's Iowa Journalist of the Year, and her adviser, Kyle Phillips, as they walk you through putting together a winning portfolio website. Recommended for seniors considering applying for this year's Iowa JOY. The winner of the Journalist of the Year honor receives a $500 award from IHSPA and goes on to compete in the national competition.Northwestern 345
11:30 AMSarah NicholsNational Yearbook Adviser of the YearDesign: How it worksRegardless of page type or screen size, universal design principles make all the difference in how to organize and present meaningful stories. This session will address key concepts like visual hierarchy, contrast and unity with a look at space, type and color as essential design elements.Iowa Theatre 166
11:30 AMTyler BullerIowa Attorney General's officeBasics of Iowa Student Press LawAn introduction to the law surrounding common student-press issues, including censorship, obscenity, how to protect yourself from a libel lawsuit, and how to request government records.Penn State 337
11:30 AMJim Straub, Amanda Tillery, Courtney Kokjohn & Brad HempsteadWalsworthLeadership and team buidlingWork Hard; Play Harder. The most successful staffs are those that can balance diligent work with vigilant fun. Learn ways to inject excitement into your program and discover how organization, games and mini mental vacations can increase the productivity and enhance the quality of your publication.Minnesota 347
11:30 AMBrian SteffenSimpson CollegeCareers in the Brave New World of JournalismParents and teachers often worry that students and kids interested in journalism might not find jobs and that they might be wasting their educations if they pursue the field. But that’s not the case, according to the head of Simpson College’s Multimedia Communication program who will lead this session. There are jobs in news and digital media, public relations, marketing communication, sports communication and interactive media, to name just a few. Learn how you can best prepare yourself for the Brave New World of Journalism.Lucas-Dodge 256
11:30 AMJason WallestadSchool Newspapers OnlineTake Your SNO Site Design to the Next LevelIllinois 348
11:30 AMDavid SchwartzAugustana CollegeConflict Management in the High School NewsroomA photographer refuses to shoot the assignment as discussed. A reporter is always late with her stories. Two staffers who previously dated have broken up and are fighting in the newsroom. You're the editor, which means it's your job to mediate these conflicts before they get worse. But how?Northwestern 345
11:30 AMDavid ScrivnerIowa City Press-Citizen Smart phone photographyYou may not always have a DSLR with you, but you probably have your phone! From the White House to North Korea to the Summer Olympics, professional photographers have used their phones to capture moments in unique ways. Get some tips and learn about a variety of apps to improve your smartphone photography.Nebraska 335
11:30 AMUI SJMC ambassadorsTour the Daily Iowan and Adler Journalism BuildingMeet in the Big Ten Lobby on Third floor at the UI booth
11:30 AMADVISER MEETINGIndiana 346
12:10 PMLUNCHAdviser luncheon
Awards & speakersSouth Room
12:10 PMLunchStudents On your own - many local options
1:15 PM
Sarah NicholsNational Yearbook Adviser of the YearAdvising Only: It's personalFrom time management strategies to professional development opportunities, this adviser-only session will address tips for balancing the many aspects of advising student media. We'll cover tips for how to nurture important relationships, build a program and take care of yourself in the process.Indiana 346
1:15 PMLoren MossKWWLWorking hard: How I made myself ready for my broadcast journalism career - the stereotypes and what it is really like. Nebraska 335
1:15 PMJason WallestadSchool Newspapers OnlineMore than a Story: Move beyond Copy and Paste Too often, the design of the story page on high school news websites is an afterthought. If you look at your site traffic statistics, you'll see that your story page is most often the page of your site that your readers first land on. This session will cover strategies for designing your web stories and making them more reader-friendly. We'll cover everything from hyperlinks and pullquotes to how to use the more advanced SNO story templates for grid-style and long-form style stories.Illinois 348
1:15 PMJoann GageMount Vernon HS Using Twitter to enhance publications Northwestern 345
1:15 PMLily AbromeitDaily IowanHigh school journalism vs. College level journalismWhat is the difference? Iowa Theatre 166
1:15 PMDavid SchwartzAugustana CollegeCovering Sports the Right WayDescription: Former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall once said he read the sports section first each day because it was the most interesting. But if that's the case, why is so much sports coverage so boring? Here are 10 tips to spice up your sports coverage.Minnesota 347
1:15 PMMark WitherspoonIowa state Daily Covering tragedy with compassionThe hardest call to make in journalism is to family and friends who have just lost a loved one. But it's also the most important call you will make as a reporter, because those are the people who can tell that person's story the best. Find out from someone who's been on both sides of that equation how to make that call and what happens when reporters don't make that call.Penn State 337
1:15 PMGinny OrdmanIC West Yearbook adviserINSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE! Everywhere but old yearbooks. Learn how to draw inspiration from contemporary magazines, then adapt those ideas to fit your school, your theme, your yearbook. Why not make your 2017 yearbook a true original?Lucas-Dodge 256
2:10 PMCLOSINGAwardsYearbook of the of Year & Emerging & JOY - Iowa2nd floor Ballroom

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