NHSPA Convention

Fall Convention, October 18, 2021 Nebraska High School Press Association

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Nebraska High School Press Association Fall Convention, Oct. 18, 2021, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Please note: All convention participants are required to wear a face mask at all times when indoors on campus as part of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s directed health measures. See UNL’s policies for additional information.

Schedule of Events

8-9 a.m. | Registration

Registration, Fischer Lounge, 2nd Floor, Nebraska Union

9-10 a.m. | Keynote Speech and Awards

Welcome, Centennial Room, 2nd Floor, Nebraska Union

  • Mark Hilburn, NHSPA president
  • Shari Veil, dean, UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Keynote Presentation: Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald writer and author of “24th & Glory: An Intersection of Civil Rights and Omaha’s Greatest Generation of Athletes.”

NHSPA Awards: Brandi Benson and Angela Wolfe, NHSPA board members

Announcements: Michelle Carr Hassler, NHSPA executive director

10:15-10:45: Breakout Session I

Be sure to check out the Cornhusker Awards Lounge, where this year’s award-winning publications will be on display in the hallway to the east of the Centennial Room.

Lights! Camera! Action! Centennial Room
Shooting a video interview is something all visual journalists need to know how to do well. UNL  professor  Alan Eno will walk you through the process step by step. 
Power up your news writing Regency B-C

Jessica Fargen Walsh, UNL journalism professor and former Boston Herald reporter, shares her top tips for writing to help you craft a Page One news story.

Yearbook: Expanding your theme Ballroom
Greg Adams of Walsworth shares design ideas to help enhance your theme beyond color and graphics
InDesign ideas Ubuntu

Come with questions for Adobe In-Design guru Katie Krcmarik, a UNL advertising and public relations professor who will share nifty tips and tricks to make laying out your publication a breeze.

News and features photography Auditorium

Get inspired by Omaha World-Herald photographer Anna Reed, who shows you how to get creative and capture captivating shots for your publications.

Great beginnings Regency A
All great yearbook, web, print and broadcast stories begin with great ideas. As the Lincoln Journal Star’s education reporter, Zach Hammack knows how to develop engaging stories on the K-12 beat – and he’ll share his secrets to finding them
Feature writing and creative storytelling Unity

Feature writing lets you flex creative writing muscles and break out of the hard-news mold. Learn helpful advice from veteran reporter Margaret Reist of the Lincoln Journal Star. This presentation will be repeated in Session II. 

Career Talk: Advertising & public relations Chimney Rock

Learn about the exciting jobs available in the world of advertising and PR. UNL professor Frauke Hachtmann will explain what these careers might look like for you.

Sports writing and storytelling Heritage

Former sports journalist and UNL sports media professor Jason Stamm shares his game plan for finding and telling engaging stories about high school sports.

Adviser session: Membership meeting Platte River South - first floor

Members will vote to fill board vacancies and discuss general membership issues.

11-11:30 a.m. | Breakout Session II

Be sure to check out the Cornhusker Awards Lounge, where this year’s award-winning publications will be on display in the hallway to the east of the Centennial Room.

Yearbook: Tapping into trends Ballroom

Greg Adams of Walsworth discusses the latest trends and design concepts to keep your publication on the cutting edge.

Podcasting 101 Regency B-C

Want to create a podcast but don't know where to start? UNL broadcasting professor Kaci Richter shares her tips for creating engaging and successful podcasts.

Sports photography Auditorium

Learn the secrets of winning sports photography from veteran photographer Z Long, digital director of the Omaha World-Herald.

Feature writing and creative storytelling Unity

Feature writing lets you flex creative writing muscles and break out of the hard-news mold. Learn helpful advice from veteran reporter Margaret Reist of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Successful publishing Regency A

Come with questions for the UNL students who run The Daily Nebraskan, which publishes online five days a week and produces periodic special-issue magazines. In this Q&A session, DN answer your questions – from how to build a strong team to how to create in-depth news reporting projects. On hand will be editor David Berman, managing editor Haley Elder, senior news editor Zach Wendling, senior culture editor Jolie Peal and senior multimedia editor Zeke Williams.

Sports broadcasting Heritage

10-11 News Sports Director Kevin Sjuts gives the run down on sports broadcasting – from getting your foot in the door to “a day in the life” of a sportscaster.

Career Talk: Journalism Chimney Rock

Learn about the exciting jobs available in the world of journalism. UNL career development specialist Kris Scanlon will explain what a journalism career might look like for you.

Adviser session: Membership meeting Platte River South - First Floor

Members will vote to fill board vacancies and discuss general membership issues.

11:30-12:30 p.m. | Lunch

Lunch is on your own

For options, visit the Downtown Lincoln Association

12:45-1:15 p.m. | Breakout Session III

Be sure to check out the Cornhusker Awards Lounge, where this year’s award-winning publications will be on display in the hallway to the east of the Centennial Room.

Live sports Centennial Room

Taylor Siebert of Striv will discuss how to take your school’s live broadcast to the next level.

Getting design right Regency B-C

Former Chicago Tribune journalist Katie Nieland walks you through important design principles to help your publications stand out.

Yearbook: Taking it to the next level Ballroom

Matt Baltes of Milestone Yearbooks offers helpful ideas to rev up your coverage and content.

Get their attention! Ubuntu

Learn how to craft yearbook, newspaper and web headlines for maximum impact. UNL journalism professor Jill Martin shows you how.

Sports photography Auditorium

Learn the secrets of winning sports photography from veteran Lincoln Journal Star photographer Francis Gardler.

Social storytelling Regency A

Brands and storytellers alike are turning to social media to utilize its capabilities in growing audiences and getting critical stories to Gen Z consumers. Rabble Media’s Program Manager Odochi Akwani and The Bay's Programming Associate Ngozi Ramsay will help you work in groups to create unique short-form feature profiles using TikTok!

Talking  sports Unity

Connor Happer, Derrick Pearson and Mark Onwiler of 93.7 The Ticket sports radio offer tips and insights about preparing for and hosting successful sports talk shows.

Student journalist rights Chimney Rock

Burke High School journalism adviser Angela Wolfe discusses upcoming efforts in the Nebraska Legislature to protect the free speech rights of student journalists and student media advisers.

Photoshop basics Heritage

Certified instructor Keith McCoy of Walsworth outlines his top Photoshop techniques to help you create the best visuals and designs for your publication.

1:30-2 p.m. | Breakout Session IV

Be sure to check out the Cornhusker Awards Lounge, where this year’s award-winning publications will be on display in the hallway to the east of the Centennial Room.

CoJMC and you Centennial Room

Interested in studying journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising or sports communications? Learn about the interesting hands-on opportunities you’ll get at UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Tours of Andersen Hall offered after the session at 2 p.m.

Infographic magic Regency B-C

See how using infographics can transform your stories – whether they are online, in the newspaper, in a yearbook or in a video. Former Chicago Tribune journalist Katie Nieland shares her tips.

Calling a game Ballroom

Play-by-play veteran Jessica Coody of the Huskers Radio Network shares her tips for covering the action in sports.

Building an audience Ubuntu

How can your publication engage an audience and build readership? Daily Nebraskan General Manager Allen Vaughan, former consumer experience director at the Des Moines Register, has some ideas and practical tips. 

Taking a stand Unity

John Schreier of the Lincoln Journal Star offers his professional tips and pointers for writing persuasive editorials.

Advanced photoshop Heritage

In this Q&A session, certified instructor Keith McCoy of Walsworth will help you work through specific Photoshop problems or challenges. Come with questions!

Career Talk: Broadcasting Chimney Rock

Learn about the exciting jobs available in the world of broadcasting. Jim Timm of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association will explain what a broadcasting career might look like for you.

Broadcast news

Auditorium

What’s it like to be an anchor on the nightly news? KLKN-TV’s Megan Conway offers her behind-the-scenes insights and provides some tips you can use in your school broadcasts.

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Special thanks to these organizations for their support:

Striv | Walsworth Publishing Co. | University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Special thanks to these College of Journalism and Mass Communications students who helped the convention run smoothly:

Victoria Baker | Katy Cowell | Han Doan | Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla | Skylar Reestman | Jenna Reynolds | Tenley Wright

Save the date! Next year’s fall conference will be on Monday, Oct. 17.

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Michelle Hassler
NHSPA Executive Director
402-472-7050
mhassler3@unl.edu