Certificate of attendance available for download

Advisers can download this certificate of attendance for the JEA/NPSA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles.

We want your feedback

We’d love to hear your feedback about the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out a survey about the convention as a whole.

We also want to hear feedback about individual sessions you and your students attended. Those evaluations are available by clicking the “Evaluate this session” link in the Guidebook app, or by entering the evaluation code found next to each session in the printed program at jea.org/eval.

Convention app is now available

JEA/NSPA Spring 2016 has gone mobile using Guidebook.

We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. A Web version of the guide is also available.

To get the guide, visit https://guidebook.com/g/hsjLA/ or fill out the form below.

About our convention keynotes

JEA, NSPA and the local team of volunteers spend many hours brainstorming, researching, contacting and negotiating with keynote speakers to provide the most intriguing general sessions possible to our audience at the National High School Journalism Convention. Our keynote speakers have included both news gatherers and newsmakers, and sometimes the individuals straddle the line between both worlds.

Please take a moment to read through this primer on how to make the most out of your general session experience.

  1. The opening session keynote on Thursday lasts from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Friday keynote lasts from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. If you plan to attend either general session, please plan to stay for the entire event. There is not a break during the event, nor is there a way to leave in the middle of the event without disrupting the speaker or other attendees.
  2. Our keynote speakers are part of our program not only to educate and inspire, but also to challenge our attendees. We strongly encourage all attendees to read the biographies of our keynote speakers and research their speeches, writings or projects so that you have the fullest possible context going into the general session.
  3. After the keynote, time permitting, we open the session up for questions, and we’re always impressed with the questions from our student attendees. The best questions are those that directly address a point the keynote made during the speech, and although there are both students and teachers in the audience, we prioritize questions that come from students. To avoid a long queue, a moderator will walk throughout the audience responding to raised hands.
  4. As with all other sessions, we value your feedback. You can provide your input on the general session by clicking the “Evaluate this session” link in Guidebook, or by using the evaluation code from the program at jea.org/eval.

Convention program available for download

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2016 Program – Los Angeles (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2016 Program – Los Angeles (PDF)

A PDF of the program for the Spring National High School Journalism Convention is available for download. The program includes details on all convention activities, including session listings/descriptions, awards, speaker biographies, hotel maps, special events, keynote speakers, convention officials, sponsors and more.

A mobile and Web version of the program will also be available via Guidebook. A link to that program will be posted at la.journalismconvention.org.

A printed version of the program will be available for pickup during registration at the convention. Because of last-minute additions, cancellations or changes, please be sure to pick up your copy of “Convention Update” at the registration desk during the convention.

No preregistration is required for individual breakout sessions except for Thursday preconvention workshops. Seating in each meeting room is limited, and convention officials encourage advisers and students to choose alternate sessions in the event a meeting room fills quickly. Sessions are 50 minutes long, unless otherwise noted, with 10-minute breaks between sessions. All sessions will be at the Westin Bonaventure unless otherwise specified.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Grand Central Market


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This is a not-to-be-missed place. A 15-minute walk from the hotel, the market features a plethora of food options in a vibrant and diverse setting. Check out Tacos Tumbras a ThomasEggslut, Sarita’s Pupuseria and so much more. Go before you get too hungry, because lines get long; Yelp is helpful in charting busiest times.

Downtown Architecture


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The Historic Downtown Walking Tour takes you through some beautiful buildings. A highlight is the Bradbury Building, featured in many films, including Blade Runner.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The New York Times

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MOCA is a vital player in contemporary art, this is an important Los Angeles cultural institution.

Disney Hall


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Designed by Frank Gehry, Disney Hall is an international cultural icon, both for its architecture and world famous acoustics of its performance space.

Music Center


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Visitors might be interested in two productions: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Father Comes Home from the Wars. If interested get tickets early.

Discount codes:
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: “INHERIT”
Father Comes Home From The Wars: “FREEDOM”

List provided by Mitch Zigler, CJE, of Redondo Union High School.

Registration booklet available for download

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2016 Registration Booklet – Los Angeles (PDF)

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Spring 2016 Registration Booklet – Los Angeles (PDF)

Download a PDF of the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention registration booklet, which outlines everything you need to know about registering for and attending the convention in Los Angeles.

Printed versions of the registration booklet should be hitting mailboxes of JEA and NSPA members within a few weeks.

Looking for Saturday night entertainment?

The local team of volunteers has secured discounts for an evening activity on Saturday, April 16. Tickets are required and need to be purchased by March 23. These are unchaperoned events, so advisers need to chaperone their own students for these two activities.

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live | $15
6 – 9 p.m.
Spend Saturday night at the GRAMMY Museum, an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy music awards. The museum features a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings. There will be a special Scavenger Hunt, while you are in the museum with incredible prizes for the winners. There are special exhibits on Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Tupac Shakur, just to name a few.

To get to the Grammy Museum
Take the Blue Line ($1.75 per ride plus $1 TAP card, one time purchase only) at the Seventh Street Metro Station to Pico Boulevard.

Keynote speakers announced

The JEA/NSPA Spring 2016 National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Jose Antonio Vargas

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14

Jose Antonio Vargas-smallJose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, and he is the founder and editor of #EmergingUS, a digital magazine focusing on race, immigration and identity in a multicultural America.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay in which Vargas chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed “Documented,” a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. In 2015, MTV aired, as part of its Look Different campaign, “White People,” a television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in contemporary America. @joseiswriting

Amara Aguilar

2 p.m. Friday, April 15

amara_aguilar-keynoteAmara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

At USC, she developed and teaches journalism for mobile and emerging platforms, and interactive media design for publishing, among other courses. She also teaches digital journalism in the graduate program.

She collaborated with Annenberg Media faculty and students to develop JEDI (Journalism, Emerging, Digital, Innovation), which embraces innovation and experimentation on emerging platforms.

In 2015, Aguilar was named an Apple Distinguished Educator for her academic leadership focusing on application design, multimedia journalism and innovation in education.

The California Journalism Education Coalition named her its 2014 Journalism Educator of the Year in the two-year college division.