Announcing the 2022 JSPA Summer Advisers Workshop



The Jewish Scholastic Press Association is pleased to announce the 2022 JSPA Summer Advisers Workshop, to be held on four half-Wednesdays beginning June 22.

These three-hour meetings bring together a small number of advisers from Jewish high schools around the world (this year, including Israel) to consider topics ranging from how to localize world and national news and how to best teach interview technique to what the Torah has to say that is directly relevant to journalism – a lot, it turns out! In group discussions and one-on-one meetings, we also consider the particular circumstances of each school, with the goal of making publications more useful to their communities by advancing students’ skills and understanding in all areas of journalism.

Beginning in the summer and then during follow-up meetings and mentoring over the course of the year, we’ll familiarize advisers with best practices, legal and cultural considerations, resources for journalism programs, and how to use Jewish thought to tackle the newsroom dilemmas. Along the way, each member of our 2022 cohort will share his or her experiences, challenges and successes leading the news publications at their schools.

The program will meet on Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon Pacific Daylight Time; noon to 3 p.m. Eastern time; and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Israeli time.

The program outline is below.

SESSION 1, June 22

1. Introductions.
2. How to develop a staff from scratch, or from really small school enrollment
3. Journalism that’s Jewish: 5 verses, 5 pillars for a teachable, ethical journalism

SESSION 2, June 29

1. Beyond the bubble: How to cover Israel and other world and national news from a Jewish, local or teenage perspective
2. Group discussion followed by one-on-ones throughout the day.

SESSION 3, July 13

1. Roundtable on challenges you have already experienced
2. The Editorial Board: Using Jewish religious ethics to make newsroom decisions
3. The news in old text: How to build and fill a Torah section

SESSION 4, July 20

1. Alphabet Soup: The larger world of high school journalism in the U.S. today (JEA, NSPA, CSPA, AJPA, SPLC, Quill & Scroll, state and local journalism associations, enrichment opportunities, contests and prizes), plus a textbook or two
2. How to avoid, or at least minimize, censorship and prior review
3. How to frame any story, and looking ahead — cohort and international opportunities!

To register for this year’s workshop, please complete this form. The workshop is free for advisers from JSPA member publications. If your school has not joined JSPA, you can do so by clicking here.

For non-members, cost of the program is $150 per adviser. If your school is not a member and funding is a problem, we are pleased to offer half and full scholarships for advisers to join us this summer. No application is necessary; you need only indicate on the registration form whether you are asking for a full scholarship or a half.

If you have questions, please email Zev Hurwitz at [email protected].