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.

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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

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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

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11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lunch on campus or nearby restaurant

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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.

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AWARDS

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

Registration fees

Student registration - $16    
Adviser registration - Free     
Adviser lunch - $15

Register here

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
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
Email: brian.steffen@simpson.edu