HIU Involved with National High School Journalism Convention

Hope International University’s Student Publications, Undergraduate Admissions, and Music Departments are scheduled to be a part of the Journalism Educator’s Association’s (JEA)/National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the high school conference hosted by NSPA will run from April 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriot and is projected to play host to nearly 4000 high school students and approximately 750 advisors from across the country.

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) is also a member of and last month The Hope International Tribune, the student newspaper at HIU, won a national award at the ACP convention in Hollywood. This month, members of the Tribune staff will be leading workshops at NSPA.

Beth Lee, Advisor to HIU Student Publications, has been a member of the planning committee for NSPA since January 2010 and has helped choose themes, guest speakers, and other aspects of the convention. She says that Hope’s involvement with NSPA is a way the University is “able to give back to the local community as well as to educational groups and organizations nationwide.” Lee has organized the advisor receptions, including the Friday night reception which will feature entertainment from a live Jazz ensemble lead by Dr. Chris Gillette, Associate Professor of Music and Ministry at Hope.  

Speakers from Hope include Lee; Stephanie Coats, the Editor-in-Chief of The Hope International Tribune; and Jack Appleby, the former Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune. HIU Undergraduate Admissions will have representation in the exhibition hall and will partner with the Student Publications team to lead workshops for high school students and advisors.

“Being involved with groups like NSPA and JEA help us to accomplish our mission of empowering students through higher education to impact the world for Christ.  We can all appreciate the need for having a positive influence in the field of journalism, which is foundational for us as a world-wide community.  What is journalism without strong moral ethics?” Lee said. “I think we all want to be a part of something that has that kind of impact on the world.”

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