Convention app is ready to download

A mobile version of the convention program is available to download from the Guidebook app, available in app store for all mobile platforms.

We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis. 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 Apple and Android devices. A web version of the guide is also available.

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Convention program available for download

A PDF of the program for the Fall National High School Journalism Convention is available for download. The program includes details on all convention activities, including session, 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 to this site when it’s ready for download.

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 J.W. Marriott unless otherwise specified.

Steve Rhodes to co-present keynote with Kevin Rader

rhodes-steve-2Steve Rhodes from WTHR-TV will join Kevin Rader in presenting the keynote at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rhodes works as a television photographer, editor, and field producer at WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

During his 19 years at WTHR, Rhodes has not only covered local news, but has followed assignments around the nation and the world. He was in Northern Ireland when the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and at Ground Zero for the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Additionally, he has been part of WTHR’s coverage of the Olympic games in Salt Lake City, as well as Australia, Greece, Italy, China, Canada, England, Russia and Brazil.

He has spent the last several years producing long-form news segments as part of WTHR’s Special Projects Unit, while still making contributions to daily newscasts.

Rhodes was the 2015 National Press Photographers Association Editor of the Year. He has been named Region 4 Photographer of the Year by the NPPA five times, and is a nine-time Indiana Photographer of the Year. His work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, a national Sigma Delta Chi Award, multiple national Edward R. Murrow Awards, more than 60 national NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards and several National Headliner Awards, including the Grand Prize in 2010. Rhodes has also won more than 90 regional Emmy Awards.

Prior to arriving at WTHR, he worked at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana, and KHQA-TV in Quincy, Illinois.

Rhodes is a 1993 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.

Registration booklet available for download


JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Fall 2016 Registration Booklet – Indianapolis (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 Indianapolis.

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

Keynote speaker announced

The JEA/NSPA Fall 2016 National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis has announced the keynote speaker for Thursday, Nov. 10.

Kevin Rader

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10

raderMultiple Emmy Award-winning reporter Kevin Rader joined Channel 13 Eyewitness News in July 1990. In 2015, he was awarded a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. That same year he also won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for reporting. It was his second National Murrow award and seventh Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Rader also was nominated for Reporter of the Year in 2015 by the National Press Photographers Association. Rader has covered memorable stories for Channel 13, including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Kosovo refugee camps in Macedonia and the Mike Tyson and Orville Lynn Majors trials. He spends much of his time covering politics on Eyewitness News, but expanded his responsibilities to include traveling the state to tell stories found “Only In Indiana.” A native of Lexington, Nebraska, Rader received his B.S. in history from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with minors in social science and broadcasting. He was named Distinguished Alumni from UNK in 2007.