Spring 2013 Vol. 36, No. 2 Spring is here; so is NEWSPA by Haley Walters O n Wednesday, April 17, high school students from all over the state of Wisconsin will arrive at UW-Oshkosh for spring’s most exciting event: the 2013 NEWSPA conference. Coming to NEWSPA means a chance for students and advisers to meet new people, learn about journalism and receive critiques by the conference’s judges. But it’s also an excuse to wear matching T-shirts. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Reeve Memorial Union. Five new sessions will be unveiled this spring and will encompass various issues that pertain to high school journalists such as staff relationships and the future of the newspaper industry. These sessions are “What’s Your Klout and Why it Matters,” “Keeping Your Yearbook Staff Motivated and Drama Free,” “How to Get Coverage of Your Entire Student Body In Your Yearbook,” “Blogging About Food (Or Any Other Topic),” and “Newspapers: A Dying Breed?” NEWSPA will also offer many of the same popular sessions that cover everything from photography to column writing. Be sure to check out the official conference program available on the NEWSPA website for more details. UW-Oshkosh journalism professor Miles Maguire will return (with candy) for “Journalism Smackdown,” editors of yearbooks and newspapers can attend roundtable sessions to brainstorm ideas and learn more about what other schools do in their publications and one-on-one critiques will be held by UW-Oshkosh journalism professor Vincent Filak. Speakers from all over the Midwest will come to Oshkosh for NEWSPA, including journalists from The Appleton Post Crescent, Press-Gazette Media, FOX Cities Magazine, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Chippewa Herald and Northwestern University, Keynote speaker Kirsten Strom of Pandora Radio will talk to this year’s attendees about her job in Internet radio as well as offer tips about having a strong career and being a successful journalist. Following her speech and a break for lunch, there will be award ceremonies in the Reeve Union’s Ballrooms, 227AB and 227 BC, where students find out how their hard work has paid off. Throughout the day, students and advisers are encouraged to tweet about NEWSPA. A live Twitter feed will be outside Reeve 227 all day. During this year’s conference students and advisers are encouraged to go online to fill out a survey and offer their opinions about particular sessions. Students can also “like” the new NEWSPA Facebook page to stay up-to-date on NEWSPA events throughout the year.