Join Us in LA

NSPA Spring Convention, Apr 13-17, 2016

National Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention

Convention Website

This year’s convention in Los Angeles will draw thousands of student journalists from across the United States. Students will be able to hear from top-notch speakers, like Jose Antonio Vargas (founder of Define American) and Jacob Soboroff (MSNBC correspondent), do some sight-seeing and interact with professionals.

By arriving on Wednesday, we will have the opportunity to go sight-seeing. On Thursday, students will attend pre-convention workshops. On Friday and Saturday, students will attend sessions of their choice covering such topics as writing, reporting, design, multimedia journalism, online journalism, photography and more. Students may also sign up for critiques and “break with a pro” sessions.

Free State Parents: Email Laurie L. Folsom at

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Flight Information- Southwest Airlines

Wed, April 13

Airport: KCI

Flight #2052 (non-stop)

Depart KCI at 7:30 a.m.

Arrive at LAX at 9 a.m.

Sun, April 17

Airport: KCI

Flight #1645 (non-stop)

Depart LAX 7:35 a.m.

Arrive at KCI at 12:45 p.m.

Guidebook App

Download the Guidebook app.

JEA/NSPA Spring 2016 has gone mobile using Guidebook.

We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. A Web version of the guide is also available.


Continental Breakfast provided.

Days Inn Hollywood

7023 Sunset Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

Thursday Workshops

Morgan Edman
1. PMC Branding- w/ Samantha (9 - 12:30pm)
2. Photo Shoot Management (1-5pm)

Jake Clark
1.UCLA Film School (8- 12pm)

Jackson Barton
1. Mobile Video Journalism Boot Camp (8:30- 5pm)

Drake & Ali
1. Team Storytelling (8:30- 5pm)

Chloe Board
1. Writers Workshop (8:30am - 4pm)

Caitlin Dodd
1. USC (9:30 - 1pm)

Samantha Travis
1. PMC Branding (9 - 12:30pm)

NSPA Spring Convention Field Trip

Wednesday, April 13th, 7am to Sunday, April 17th, 12pm

404 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA

Our Los Angeles hotel accommodations include 1,358 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows for dazzling downtown views. Awake at your best after a night in our Heavenly® Beds and rejuvenate with a Heavenly® Bath experience in our oversized bathrooms. Channel your energy in our WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility, or head to LA Prime restaurant on our 35th floor for delectable steaks and seafood.

NOTE: Wireless Internet access is not included in the guest room rate at the Westin Bonaventure. High-speed access is available for $12.95 per day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Reserve your space ASAP

Students in Free State have an opportunity to spring the National Scholastic Press Association's spring convention in Los Angeles.

At least 8 FS students must sign up to fill 2 quad occupancy rooms. FS students reserve their space by submitting Payment 1 on a first come, first go basis.

Payment Schedule

Payment 1*, Feb 12: $400** & the Permission form (covers airfare)

Payment 2*, Mar 21: $240 (covers hotel)

Payment 3*, Apr 6: $240 (covers registration, ground transport & entertainment)

Total: $880

*Make checks payable to Free State Journalism & submit to the FS bookkeeper's window

**Also will need name as appears on photo identification and date of birth.

Payment in full can be made by sending a check payable to your school for $880 by Feb 12.

Making Dollars and Sense of It

Your payments cover the following expenses...

Convention Registration: $115/including pre-convention workshops

Lodging for 3 nights: $251 (could fluctuate)

Dodger or Grammy tickets & t-shirt: $43

Ground Transport: $70 (each way from airport to hotel & hotel to airport)

Round Trip Airfare: $400 (could fluctuate, currently based on a Southwest Airlines & Travelocity comparisons)

Total: $880

Additional Expenses Not Covered by Payments

Money for meals and other incidentals: Depends on the student


More details will be posted here as our plans firm up...

Wednesday-Leave Kansas, Arrive in LA

Thursday- Pre-convention Workshop & sightseeing

Friday & Saturday- a.m. workshops, p.m. Return to Kansas

Contact Info

Free State HS: Laurie L. Folsom,