10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Check-In and Breakfast

10:30 - 10:45 a.m Introductions

10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Opening Address

11:15 - 12:15 p.m. Session 1 Workshops

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1:15 - 2:15p.m. Session 2 Workshops

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Tea Break and Snacks

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session 3 Workshops

3:30 - 4:15pm. Session 4: Managing the newsroom

4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Newspaper Review and Mixer

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Conference Workshops



1A: Ethics in Journalism

Journalists need to hold themselves to a high standard of objectivity with their reporting. What are some challenges you might face covering your high school, and what are solutions to ensure you remain ethical?

1B: Making The Digital Transition

In the digital age, most newspapers are thinking about making the leap to an online format. Learn more about the challenges and rewards of going digital, as well as some advice on how to facilitate this process.

1C: Photography and Narrative

Photos are an essential part of any newspaper. Learn how photos can contribute to a narrative and provide additional context for reporting and coverage.

1D: The Editorial (or, The Objectivity Myth)

No, not One Direction.  You've probably read the works of Ta Nehisi Coates and Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic, or Maureen Dowd and David Brooks in the New York Times. Editorial content, unlike news reports, does not purport objectivity—quite the opposite. But where do we draw the line between news and editorial content? Whose voices matter, and when?

Session 2 (Choose 1 of 4):

2A: Investigative Reporting

We've all seen Spotlight—but how do journalists actually navigate the process that leads to probative, compelling journalism? Learn how to conduct an investigation of your own by going through a mock case study.

2B: The Media Industry

Beyond reporting and editing, there exists a world of possibilities in the media industry. Learn how other roles, such as audience development and advertising teams, contribute and shape the media that we produce and consume today.

2C: Graphics and Visualization

Graphics have to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as informative. Learn from our Design team as they teach you about the importance of graphic content in journalism, the value of thinking critically about data visualization, and the skills to create graphics in InDesign like a pro. No prior InDesign experience needed.

2D: From Good to Great

A newspaper is only as good as the content it produces. Learn how to develop an editor's eye for style, clarity, and attention to detail.

Session 3 (Choose 1 of 4):

3A: The Art of Argument

Learn how to construct a convincing argument and use rhetoric to your advantage in a persuasive essay. Understand how an op-ed or column is structured and edited. How can you "win over" your readership?

3B: Building a Blog and an Audience

If a newspaper keeps people informed, a blog keeps people engaged. Create a following by learning how to run a top-notch blog with social media distributed content, interactive features, and top-notch writing.

3C: Beyond the Box Score

Why our Sports section has moved away from previews and recaps to telling the stories that matter on and off the field.

3D: Using Data in Journalism

Our world is shaped by data big and small. By accessing and analyzing that data, we can gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the trends and ideas that dominate our lives. Move beyond the anecdote and learn how to tell stories with numbers.

Location and Contact Information

The conference will be held in the Columbia Daily Spectator Office which is located at 2875 Broadway.


For all travels by train, take the 1 train to the 116th/Columbia University Station and proceed to walk four blocks down Broadway. Our office is located between 112th and 111th St, right above Pinkberry.


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