High School Media Leadership/Innovation Conference
Inviting all Iowa high school media students to participate in a day of innovation and leadership training!
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 • Drake University, Des Moines
9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Welcome & Awards
Kathleen Richardson, Drake School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Keynote Address: Why Journalism Matters
Panelists will include Kate Hayden, technology and innovation reporter for the Des Moines Business Record; Katarina Sistarek, a reporter for Iowa Public Radio, and Tim Webber, data visualization specialist for The Des Moines Register.
10:00 a.m.-10:40 a.m. • Concurrent Sessions:
Practicing and polishing your leadership skills
Scott Raecker, Billie Ray Center (Character Counts)
New tech in journalism
Chris Snider, Drake University
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Concurrent Sessions:
How to be a leader for student publications
College editors panel
Crash course in decoding your readers: Design thinking tips from a Standford Fellow
Lisa Rossi, Bonfire Media Strategy
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Lunch on campus or nearby restaurant
12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rapid fire smart sessions
Speed-brainstorming sessions will pair participants with communication faculty and professionals to create take-away tips to enrich your student media work. Topics will include how to cover sensitive topics; building community in your school; and creative ways to cover homecoming.
Awards to be presented include:
• Iowa High School Leadership in Journalism
• Iowa High School Innovation in Journalism
• Iowa High School Press Association / JEA Iowa Journalist of the Year
Find out more about the awards below.
Conference presented by Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, Simpson College, and Iowa Newspaper Foundation
Student registration - $16
Adviser registration - Free
Adviser lunch - $15
Awards for 2019
The Iowa Newspaper Association, Drake University, Iowa State University and Simpson College have joined forces to recognize the next generation of Iowa media professionals with two awards to be presented in 2019.
Iowa High School Leadership in Journalism Award
The award recognizes the work of an Iowa high school student journalist who has demonstrated leadership abilities that contribute to the success of his/her student publications. Applicants will be evaluated on ability to motivate themselves and others, creativity and integrity, and intention to study and work in the field of journalism, media or communication.
Iowa High School Innovation in Journalism Award
The award recognizes the work of an Iowa high school student journalist who has demonstrated innovative thinking and who has excelled in meeting the challenges of keeping his or her high school informed with student media. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of how their innovations changed and improved the ways student publications serve audiences and and their intention to study and work in the field of journalism, media or communication.
Applying for an Award
Students should submit an application that includes:
- A resume of their work in student media and in other contexts.
- A statement of how they believe they meet the standards for the award.
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from their local high school journalism or media instructor.
Each award carries a $250 prize.
Completed applications must be sent by March 15, 2019, by mail or submitted electronically to:
Iowa High School Journalism Leadership & Innovation Awards
c/o Brian Steffen
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125