Convention/Workshop Information

April 16-19, 2015  JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver


• Keynote addresses by some of the nation’s top newsmakers and reporters
• More than 200 learning sessions in newspaper, yearbook, magazine, broadcast, online, advising, press law and more
• On-site critiques and competitions, including NSPA Best of Show
• Swap Shop and Break with a Pro events for sharing experience and information
• A wide array of products, services and educational opportunities at the trade show

More details will follow

As you are discussing these opportunities with your son/daughter, here are some items to consider:

– Any traveling student will travel with the group on both legs of the trip. Special accommodations will not be made for students requesting to arrive late, leave early, leave the group for other activities (such as a college visit, visit family/friends), etc. These types of requests make it challenging for teachers traveling with the students.

– These trips are FUN but please know they are intended to help students development as journalists and are not vacations. We work in time for fun with some sightseeing and dining out (previous trips have included excursions to the U.S. Capitol, White House, Newseum, Disneyland, Seattle Space Needle, Pike Place Market, San Antonio Riverwalk, San Francisco Bay ferry cruise to Sausalito, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Oasis on Lake Travis, among others) as a group most of our time is  engaged with convention activities and each traveling student has assignments and deadlines during the trip. They are held to the same rules and expectations of Coppell High School and The Sidekick.

– Please note the estimated expenses provided are only just that – estimates. They are based on the expenses of prior trips to conventions. Exact expenses will not be known until after all reservations (hotel, transportation, airfare) are made.

– It is up to the student to be aware of their school-related absences before traveling. Students are limited on the number of school-related absences so they will need to make sure they will not exceed this number prior to traveling.

– These trips are GREAT! If you have any other questions or need additional information, contact The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford at or 214.496.6239.


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