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Fall conference

The IHSPA Fall Conference will be held Thursday October 26, 2017 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

Scott Winter is our keynote. Scott Winter is the author of the 2015 book Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise. He’s been a journalist and publication adviser to unmentionable acclaim in four states. After nine years as a professor at the University of Nebraska, he now teaches journalism and writing at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

We also have Matt Rasgorshek journalism adviser at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, NE. He has advised video and online publications that have received state, regional and national recognition. Rasgorshek has been recognized as a Distinguished Broadcast Advisor of the year by the Journalism Education Association as well as as one of thecountry’s top journalism advisors by the Dow Jones News Fund. Prior to teaching journalism, Matt worked behind the camera as a newscast director, producer, videographer and editor in local affiliates in Omaha and Phoenix.

The Conference will feature more than 36 breakout sessions (some that will be held twice). More details coming soon.

Conference registration opens at 8:00 AM, first speaker at 8:45  AM and concludes at 2:30 PM.

Registration is now open.

Future conference dates:

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa

Conferences are held each year to provide teachers/advisers and students an opportunity to share needs, goals, and aims. Frequently, nationally known speakers from secondary schools and media provide valuable new insights to IHSPA members.

The conferences are located on college/university campuses and are the major responsibility of the executive board. Hosting schools share in planning and execution of the conferences by providing speakers, conducting sessions or evaluating student work.

Advisers are encouraged to attend major sessions and a business meeting, which addresses points of concern for themselves and IHSPA. Many of the changes that have taken place throughout the history of IHSPA are outgrowths of these business meetings.

Seminar sessions are organized to cover pertinent topics for the students and advisers. These sessions are kept small to provide maximum participation on the part of all conference delegates.

A special display area is set up at all conferences to provide advisers with current information on scholastic journalism. The executive board and veteran advisers will be available to answer questions and provide assistance in the area of problems and/or the association.

Participants can often enjoy sessions on a variety of journalistic areas and even take tours of the student newspapers at host colleges. Students can compete in our On-the-Spot contests, showcasing their ability to cover the conference while working on a deadline.


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