State Conference schedules something for every high school communications student!

Dream Do Deliver! For yearbook, newspaper, video, graphic design, journalism, and photography students in Idaho

Student Media Sessions 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Featured Speaker Michael Hernandez*

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You can expect sessions appealing to students and advisers from all areas of media: yearbook, graphic design, video broadcasting, newspaper, and journalism.  Come back to this site soon, as contests will also be announced. 

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration / Check-In

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker Michael Hernandez

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break-Out Sessions 1

10:40 – 11:30 a.m. Break-Out Sessions 2

11:30 – Lunch on your Own 

1:20 – 2:00 p.m. Break-Out Sessions 3

2:10 – 2:50 p.m. Break-Out Sessions 4

All day:  One room will feature small-group learning hubs (10-25 people) where students & teachers can learn specifically requested skills (tips & tricks) about cameras, social media, graphic design, college budgeting, interviewing with a video camera, using a SmartPhone to take photos and report, advertising, and so on.  Email [email protected] prior to the conference for special requests.



  • Early Bird Registration:
    • $ 10 / ticket (students & teachers)
    • Postmarked by 10/14/16
  • On-Site Registration
    • $25 / ticket (students & teachers)
  • Teacher Specials
    • Apply your $10 ticket to annual membership in ISJA & JEA
    • Pay $60 (this will include the $10 price of the conference for you and will cover the annual membership to your state and national press associations (ISJA & JEA).


The schedule includes:

  • So, You Want to be a News Anchor?

Natalie Hurst, Anchor, KBOI News


  • Aurasma and Yearbooks – Just Do It! 

Sandy Bowman, The Safari Yearbook adviser, Borah High School


  • How to Budget for College

Whitney Hansen, BSU Venture College Graduate & Entrepreneur 


  • Social Media and Marketing

Dallas Crum, Vivid Roots, BSU Venture College Graduate & Entrepreneur


  • Alternative Storytelling & Basic Graphic Design

Lindsie Bergevin, Idaho Statesman, Graphic Designer


  • Great Photography at Student Publications

Joe Jaszewski, Idaho Statesman, Photographer


  • Working for an Alternative Weekly

Zach Hagadone and Amy Atkins, Boise Weekly, Editors


  • How to Write Long-Form Articles

Leslie Cheret, Student Newspaper Adviser, Rigby High School:


  • How to apply for state and national writing/photography contests & awards

Those who attend this session will learn about key journalism competitions, including

the JEA Journalist of the Year opportunity,

the Idaho All-State Journalism Team, and

state and national NFPW writing & photography contests


Rebecca Tallent, Associate Professor, Journalism, University of Idaho


  • Google Tips & Tricks

Jolene Montoya, Curriculum Manager, Idaho Digital Learning Academy 


  • Learn How Students and Teachers Can Go on Service Learning Trips to Belize

Kelli Soll, BSU Venture College Graduate & Entrepreneur


  • Tips for Shooting a Video Interview  

Tyson White, News Photographer/Editor, KTVB


  • InDesign Basics

Virginia Wilson, Josten’s


  • Up Close & Personal: BSU Arbiter 

BSU Newspaper Directors & Student Editors

  • What the Font?

Laura L. Erickson, Associate Professor, College of Southern Idaho

  • Twitter & your social media news audience 

Don Day, Twitter Guru (Previously in Digital Sales/Product Manager, KTVB News Group)


* Keynote Speaker Michael Hernandez has taught high school broadcast journalism in the Los Angeles area since 1999, where he advises the Pacemaker-winning Mustang Morning News. He is an active member of JEA, presenting seminars at the National High School Journalism Conventions, judging contests and developing content for the JEA Digital Media website. In 2014, Michael became the first JEA National Broadcast Adviser of the Year.

This spring, Michael took a group of students to Vietnam to produce documentaries as part of his Digital Storytelling Trips Abroad, an experiential learning program for students and teachers. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator, and speaks at national conferences about innovative teaching and learning strategies, technology integration and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @cinehead and at