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New skills taught, ideas shared at mini-conference

Matthew LaPorte, Co-President

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SNSJ members participated in a mini-conference on July 11 at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. JEA President Mark Newton, JEA Vice-President Sarah Nichols and JEA Executive Director Kelly Furnas presented on a variety of scholastic journalism topics. Photo Credit: Michelle Allen

SNSJ members participated in a mini-conference on July 11 at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. JEA President Mark Newton, JEA Vice-President Sarah Nichols and JEA Executive Director Kelly Furnas presented on a variety of scholastic journalism topics.
Photo Credit: Michelle Allen

13 SNSJ members gathered at SWCTA on July 11 to participate in a mini-conference focused on scholastic journalism topics.

JEA President Mark Newton, JEA Vice-President Sarah Nichols and JEA Executive Director Kelly Furnas presented on a variety of topics geared towards the needs of the organization, including design, reporting, and 21st Century Skills.

Members were asked to share how they felt about their experience afterwards. Here is a sampling of their responses:

  • I loved the constant references to how journalism courses are EXACTLY what education is calling for right now. Although I need to be constantly working on the execution of my program, I KNOW what my students do is amazing!  They MAKE /DO stuff that is relevant!
  • I really appreciated seeing the different ideas for incorporating infographics and can’t wait to explore the curriculum that JEA has set up! Exciting stuff!

  • The one-day session for local advisers was so great.  It is rewarding to meet with others in the same situation to share war-stories, helpful hints and strategies.  I especially loved the emphasis of journalism/media literacy being a 21st Century skill.  So much of what we do in yearbook/journalism/broadcast is relevant for kids, regardless of the careers they eventually pursue.

  • It was great to wrap everything up with local advisers at the mini-conference and see that others were having the same struggles I was. I learned a lot about different multimedia aspects that I can use with the kids and I’m REALLY excited to use Facebook, Instagram, and twitter and I think that will excite the kids as well.

  • I only have one publications class and I learned things during the mini-conference that I can incorporate in ALL of my classes!  I particularly like the learning about the 21st Century Skills, and the visual aspect of journalism!

 

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About Matthew LaPorte

Matthew LaPorte is the current adviser of the Southwest Shadow online news site and The Howl yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. He is also the co-President of SNSJ. One of his goals as a founding member of SNSJ is to help create a network of students and advisers who can share their expertise and share the benefits of participating in scholastic journalism in Southern Nevada. When he is not working, Matt enjoys heading off to The Pearl or to The Joint to relive his teenage years rocking out.

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