2023 conference schedule

8-9 a.m.

Registration & check-in • Great Hall entrance

9 a.m.

Welcome • Great Hall

Elisia Cohen, director, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Kathryn Campbell, president of the Journalism Educators of Minnesota, and

Laura Widmer, MHSPA executive director

9-9:45 a.m.

Keynote ONE • Great Hall

The Journalist’s Arsenal

Jonathan Falk
Student Press Law Center

Falk, an education law attorney, will help you upgrade your everyday toolkit to an arsenal to stand up to censorship, avoid looming pitfalls of AI, and capitalize on your network of like-minded student journalists.

9:55-10:30 a.m.

President’s Room

MHSPA Advisers: The lawyer is in.
For advisers only.

Jonathan Falk, SPLC

Room 303

Interviewing for depth

It’s sometimes frightening to enter an interview. But interviews are the most important interactions you can master when you’re a journalist. How can you get past your fears and into the depths of what a good interview can offer? What are tips for good questions, good listening and good followups?

Gayle Golden
Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Room 319

Fighting for the First Amendment: A true story

In a real world first amendment fight, The Crier Newspaper fought for its rights as a publication in a battle that made National headlines. Come hear the story and learn from the adviser whose editorial staff successfully fought the censorship -— and won!

Glenn Morehouse Olson
St. Francis High School

Room 323

Make your editorials pop

It’s one thing to have an opinion, it’s another to present it a way that encourages people to think deeply and critically about that topic. Learn how to use voice and rhetoric to craft a solid opinion that doesn’t sound like a two year old throwing a temper tantrum about not getting their way! Be prepared to move around and participate.

Rachel Steil, Stillwater High School

Room 324

Enter here: Mods and quick reads

Graphic design is about leading readers to the places on the page that they need to see. Design is the entry point informed readers who engage with your content. Come to this session to learn how to think creatively about spread and mod design and plan for more alternate, short form visual coverage that will keep your readers’ eyeballs in your publication.

Kathryn Campbell
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Room 325

Simple solutions
for strong storytelling photos

Learn about how attention to lighting, composition and editing can improve your publication’s photography.

Laurie Hansen, retired, Stillwater High School

Room 326

Bilingual journalism

This session delves into the perspectives of both journalists and readers in bilingual story writing. Bilingual journalism examines the techniques of translating as well as exploring AI translation. This session emphasizes the process of journaling bilingual stories. In addition, students will be looking at journaling biases from personal stories.

Rita Li
Creative Design Manager of Rubicon Online
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Mississippi Room

6 secrets to perfect page layouts

Whether you design a magazine, yearbook or news publication, the key to grabbing the reader’s attention is creating a stunning page layout that pulls them in. Learn the must know secrets for creating perfect print publications, mind-blowing magazines, beautiful yearbooks and more.

John Dalke
Dunwoody College of Technology / Jostens

10:40-11:15 a.m.

President’s Room

MHSPA advisers talk First Amendment
with SPLC
For advisers only.

Jonathan Falk, Student Press Law Center

Room 303

Choices, choices:
Writing powerful feature stories

What do you need to know about writing powerful feature stories? What are the best reporting practices? What should you keep in mind when you are sitting down to write? What does choice have to do with it anyway?

Gayle Golden
Hubbard School of Journalism and
Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Room 319

Review writing and critical review

Learn some techniques for review writing and hear about the Critical Review Program through Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Education Program.

Glenn Morehouse Olson, St. Francis High School

Room 323

What would you do?
Ethical considerations for the newsroom

Journalists may encounter a potential ethical situation with each and every story that they write or produce. In this session, we will look at some potential ethical situations that could come up in your newsroom as well as some professional examples that have happened in the field.

Rachel Chrest, Spectrum High School

Room 324

Learn how to develop stories and sources

Learn how to develop compelling stories at your school all year-round — both short-term and in-depth enterprise articles.

Kelly Smith, Star Tribune

Room 325

Designing story pages for web

In this session, we’ll look at optimizing your stories and story packages for web display. We’ll go over the SNO story creation and story template editing tools and share all the customization and design potential.

Andrea Bell, SNO

Room 326

Interviewing celebrities

Star Tribune TV critic offers tips on how to interview celebrities — and other figures who can be intimidating.

Neal Justin, Star Tribune

Mississippi Room

Symbolic moments

We’re writing and photographing all the wrong things. We have to write for readers who have the attention spans of terriers on Red Bull. So let’s find moments that matter on the helpless speech team, the huggy cross country team and the late shift at Raisin’ Cains that show what it’s like to be in their worlds. Then you’ll get read.

Scott Winter Bethel University

11:25 a.m.-noon

President’s Room

Advisers’ luncheon

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication welcomes all advisers to an informal lunch prior to the closing keynote and awards ceremony.

Elisia Cohen

Room 303

How to annoy powerful people
and get paid for it

We work for a nonprofit news outlet whose only mission is to influence the conversation with our reporting and commentary. That means we focus on asking rude questions of people in power and demanding they give us documents, while telling the stories of people getting screwed over by those powerful people and institutions. It’s loads of fun.

Deena Winter/J. Patrick Coolican
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Room 324

Getting the scoop

How to make your story stand out.

Charles Hallman
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Room 325

Writing reviews — from Taylor Swift
to your own high school’s musical

Tips on how to write reviews of concerts, movies, plays, restaurants, etc.

Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Room 326

Master your newsroom’s FLOW

We’ll go over how to assign stories and multimedia to your staff and set up appropriate workflows using SNO’s newsroom management tool, FLOW. If you don’t use FLOW, this session offers an opportunity to see it in action and get ideas for maximizing your own newsroom organization with or without the tool.

Kyle Phillips, SNO Sites

Mississippi Room

The social justice documentary

When Minnesota high school journalists do
The big story, they should think about taking along their cameras in case they can build a long or short documentary, which could be where the industry is headed because that’s how we want to consume stories. Let’s watch one and brainstorm big stories we could pull off at our schools.

Scott Winter, Bethel University

12:10-1 p.m.

Keynote TWO & Awards ceremony
Great Hall

A day in the life
of a broadcast journalist

Wendy Paulson, Tim Hyde and
Morgan Wolfe

After the keynote, MHSPA will present its
Gold Medallions and Best of Show awards, and Journalism Educators of Minnesota will present its All-State Awards.

Gary Lundgren, Kathryn Campbell and Rachel Steil