Inaugural J-Day to be held Oct. 18

Inaugural J-Day to be held Oct. 18

The Southern Nevada Society of Journalists is proud to present the Inaugural J-Day for all middle school and high school SNSJ members.

J-Day is a comprehensive day of journalism for students in middle and high school scholastic journalism programs. This day-long workshop will feature learning sessions led by experienced scholastic journalism instructors, and speaker sessions facilitated by industry professionals.

Students, advisers and administration are welcome to attend the event. There will be three morning sessions, and two afternoon sessions available to attend, and a range of topics from which to choose. Students participating in the onsite Write-Offs will substitute the first two sessions for the contest.

During the J-Day, we will host the Write-Off contest event. Some categories will be submitted digitally before the workshop, while others will be done on site during Sessions 1 and 2. Advisers and school personnel will be required to attend Write-Off sessions as proctors and will be given a room assignment upon registration. As a proctor, you are making sure there are no problems and that the contest is executed fairly.

At lunch, we will announce the award winners for the 2014 Yearbook contest. At the end of the day, the winners from the Write-Off Contest (both online and onsite submissions) will be announced.

The event starts at 8:00 a.m. with registration, and is located at Rancho High School:

1900 Searles Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101

If you are not a member, and wish to join SNSJ, please contact:

Casandra Workman ( Matthew LaPorte (


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.