2017 State High School Communication Conference

4th annual high school day helps media students polish and learn skills.


Photographer: Heidi Johnson

High school student Hailey Hasenyager focuses her camera. She is on her school’s publication staff.

Michelle Harmon, ISJA President

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place         Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Conference Registration Form

Join ISJA/JEA           Area Lunch Options 

Adviser Lunch Invitation

Draft Schedule — An Advertising Session TBA

You can expect sessions appealing to students and teachers from all areas of high school & junior high media:

Yearbook Advertising Graphic Design
Video Broadcasting Newspaper Photography


Because video skills are crucial for all communication programs & jobs in the era of the Internet and mobile devices, consider attending our featured workshop.

Featured Workshop Leader Michael Hernandez

This is how the day will look for you.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Registration / Check-In (4th Floor, Pioneer Room, JUMPboise.org)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  

  • Opening Presentation  for all participants

LUNCH OPTIONS — 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  

  •  All-Day Intensive Video Boot Camp with Michael Hernandez
  • Broadcast and Video Boot Camp
    In this hands-on workshop, beginning and intermediate students will learn the fundamentals of creating an effective news package from the ground up. This includes videography, sound recording, editing and story structure. Working in small teams, participants will spend the morning developing their videography skills and planning a story, and the afternoon shooting and editing that story. Participants must bring their own video cameras, tripods, microphones and laptops with editing software.

Other 45-minute breakout sessions are

  • Writing and Social Media Sessions (45-minutes each)
  •  Yearbook/Newspaper Photography and Design Sessions (45-minutes each)
  • Adviser Extras — Speakers will informally share various informative topics 

Registration Form


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.

Michael also leads Digital Storytelling training trips for teachers, taking educators of all subject areas and grade levels to countries like Guatemala, Cuba and Vietnam to learn how to tell inspiring stories and how to integrate digital storytelling in their classrooms.  He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator, and speaks at national conferences about media literacy, innovative teaching and learning strategies, technology integration and more.  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @cinehead and at www.michael-hernandez.net 



  • Early Bird Registration
    • $ 10 / ticket (students & teachers)
    • Postmarked by 10/13/17
    • Teachers who register 10+ students get free registration
  • On-Site Registration
    • $25 / ticket (students & teachers)


  • Apply for an annual membership in ISJA & JEA ($75)
  • This covers the annual membership to your state and national press associations (ISJA & JEA).
  • Benefits
    • JEA Curriculum On-Line for Members Only
      • Downloadable, ready-to-teach units and lesson plans
    • Have a voice in state initiatives
      • If you haven’t heard of New Voices legislation,
      • Membership helps you learn why such legislation is needed in Idaho
    • Student eligibility for Journalist of the Year state and national competitions
    • Community of teachers & publication advisers for support (often teachers of media classes are one-of-a-kind at their schools)
    • Lower registration costs for national conferences and writing contests
    • ListServ Help — a private, national email community of teachers asking for help, giving advice, sharing first amendment updates, and announcing job and contest opportunities, for example.


A taste of what the day may offer

  • Basic Graphic Design

Lindsie Bergevin, Idaho Statesman, Graphic Designer

  • Great Photography at Student Publications

Joe Jaszewski, Idaho Statesman, Photographer

  • How to Write Long-Form Articles

Leslie Cheret, Student Newspaper Adviser, Rigby High School

Rebecca Tallent, Associate Professor, Journalism, University of Idaho

  • Google News Lab

Jolene Montoya, Curriculum Manager, Idaho Digital Learning Academy 

  • InDesign Basics

Virginia Wilson, Josten’s

  • What the Font?

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

  • Twitter & your social media publication audience 

Dani Allsop, KTVB News Group

Andrew Reed, IdahoEdNews.org

  • State and national writing/photography contests & awards

Registration Form