J-Day Final Plans

We are very pleased that you are bringing your group to J–Day at the University of Maryland. This email is intended to tell you everything you need to know to have a great day at Maryland – and the weather forecast is looking pretty good – 65 degrees and sunny. The program for the day is attached so you and your students can prepare.
For those arriving by car, the Union Garage on Union Lane (to the left of Stamp looking at the front of the building) is available. Parking is available there for a flat fee of $15 for the day or at any UMD public parking garage. Park, take note of the number of your spot, then pay at the machine by the entrance off of Union Lane using that space number.
Those arriving at the College Park Station on the Metro line can ride any University of Maryland shuttle to campus free. They are available to groups coming for on-campus events. At the end of J-Day, you can catch a shuttle back to the Metro just slightly downhill from Stamp at the shuttle stop. Look for a shuttle indicating it is heading to the Metro station.
Arrival and Opening Ceremony:
The event opens at the Memorial Chapel on Regents Drive promptly at 8:50 a.m.. If you enter campus from Route 1, go to the circle by the big “M” and turn to the left out of the circle. The Memorial Chapel will be on your right. There will be a registration table near the entrance. Society of Professional Journalists volunteers should be out front to assist you.
The keynote speech will be presented by Margaret Talev. Ms. Talev is a senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News and a CNN political analyst. She currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Encourage your students to research her. There will be a question and answer period. Encourage your students to pre-plan questions for her.
We will run a Swap Shop from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. to allow students to share their work with students from other schools. Tell your students to bring copies of their newspaper, magazine or yearbook to show off. If they have extra copies, they can distribute them – or they can just show them to one another. Broadcasting students can share their work via their phones. An MDCSPA Board member will be there to get things going.
The keynote speech will be presented by Margaret Talev. Ms. Talev is a senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News and a CNN political analyst. She currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Encourage your students to research her. There will be a question and answer period. Encourage your students to pre-plan questions for her. You can find an archive of her work for Bloomberg at: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AQfZOQCc930/margaret-talev . You can find her videos on C-Span at: https://www.c-span.org/person/?margarettalev .
Also at the Opening Ceremony, we’ll acknowledge every school at J-Day. Prep your kids to shout and cheer when your school’s name is called.
After the Opening Ceremony
After the Opening Ceremony, Society of Professional Journalists will lead students up to the buildings we are using for concurrent sessions at the top of the hill. To get there, exit the Memorial Chapel and head to the left down Regents Drive. When you get to the wide open McKeldin Mall, walk up the hill. Pass the McKeldin Library. At the top of the hill, you will find the five buildings where sessions will be held for J-Day.
We will be using Knight Hall, Tawes, P. Mitchell Art-Sociology, Architecture, and Van Munching Hall. The five buildings all sit in a line along the parking lots and Mowatt Lane. Encourage your students to move around, going from class to class like a real college student.
Your students should have plenty of choices in every area of journalism. I am attaching a PDF of the program for this year’s event to this email. You’ll find a a map of these buildings the program or visit the UMD Campus Map at https://maps.umd.edu/map/ . Encourage your kids to move between the buildings to get a taste of the real college experience. We have arranged for Society of Professional Journalist student volunteers to be in the area to help direct students to the various locations.
If a student goes to a session and finds it over full, they can feel free to go late to another. No one will mind.
Tours of Knight Hall, the Capital News Service broadcast facility, and the Diamondback student newspaper office and WMUC student radio will also be available during the three concurrent sessions. Tours will leave from the lobby in Knight Hall.
Students will eat lunch at the Stamp Student Union food court. There is a large selection of restaurants there. You can find a list of available restaurants at http://www.mdcspa.org/j-day-2017/lunch-and-tours/ .
Teachers who have pre-purchased a boxed lunch will meet in Knight Hall Room 3202. If you didn’t pre-order a lunch but would like to pick something up and join us, you will be more than welcome.
• This year, we are ending the event at 2:10 p.m. since many teachers need to get their kids back to school by a certain time. If you need to leave early – don’t worry. The speakers for the 1:10 p.m. sessions have been told some students may have to get up and leave to meet their groups. The presenters will not think they are being rude.
• If any student needs non-emergency assistance, they can call the Knight Hall desk at 301-405-2399. The number is in the program.
• Free wifi will be available. Access information will be in the program. Students can win a prize by tweeting their experience at J-Day.
• Some groups are bringing payment for the event with them. That’s fine. The MDCSPA Board members at the registration table will be able to take your payment.
If anything else comes up, I’ll let you know and you can always email me. We look forward to seeing you and your students at Maryland on Friday for an exciting day of Journalism at Maryland.

J-Day 2017 Flyer Now Available


Hi. Below you will find the print flyer for J-Day 2017 at the University of Maryland. Feel free to share it with students who are interested in attending and to include it with your field trip paperwork. We hope this helps.

We are planning a great day of journalism education on the UMD campus. Schools are already signing up. Get your registration in soon to reserve your space at J-Day. We look forward to seeing you on campus on October 27.


J-Day 2017 Registration Now Open

J-Day 2017, presented by the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association and hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will be held at the University of Maryland on Friday, October 27. We’re planning a great day of journalism education on the Maryland campus and look forward to meeting you and your students there.

Registration is now open and online. You can sign up on our Registration Page. You should find everything you’ll need to plan your field trip to J-Day on our J-Day informational pages, including information on traveling to UMD, parking, the schedule, lunch plans, speakers, tours and more.

For those of you who’ve attended the event in the past, the day will proceed much as it did last year. The only major change will be that we will hold the Opening Ceremony with the keynote speaker in the campus’ Memorial Chapel instead of in the Stamp Student Union as in past years. We have scheduled a terrific line-up of speakers and presenters which you can find on the Speakers, Presenters and Panels page.

If you encounter any difficulties with the website, or any difficulty registering, please email MDCSPA President Gary Clites immediately at gclites@comcast.net and we’ll work to solve any problems. If you need any additional information to plan your field trip to J-Day, or if you need any additional information, please feel free to contact Gary.

J-Day 2017 will be another great educational opportunity to develop your students’ interest in and knowledge of the world of scholastic and professional journalism. Space is limited. We encourage you to register early to guarantee space for your students at the event.

J-Day 2017 Registration Coming Soon

The Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association J-Day at Maryland 2017 hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will be held on the Maryland Campus on Friday, October 27, 2017. Registration and more information will be available online very soon. For now, mark the date on your calendar and plan to make the event a part of your students’ 2017-2018 school year.

We look forward to seeing you and your students on the Maryland campus for a day of journalism-focussed education and fun!

J-Day 2016 Registration Now Open

Opening CeremonyCome to the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism for J-Day 2016, a day of journalism education on the UM campus. Co-sponsored by the College and the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association, the event will include a keynote address from two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Priest, sessions on print, broadcast and online journalism, tours, and panels of current University journalism students.

Tour2J-Day 2015 was a blast, and MDCSPA has worked to make this year’s event even better. We’ve added a teacher boxed luncheon in Knight Hall to allow advisers to network and mingle. We’ve added two two-hour computer lab session in In Design to elevate the design of your publication. The event will end earlier for those groups that have to get back to school earlier – and we’ve made the change while still including all the elements teachers and students enjoyed last year.

Tour1Space at J-Day 2016 is limited. Last year, the convention filled up incredibly quickly. Make plans and register your group soon to guarantee your space at the event. And come out for a great day at the University of Maryland. Click on the J-Day link in the menu bar to find all the information you’ll need to plan your day and to register. We look forward to seeing you and your students on October 28.

UMD Offers A Day of Teacher Training


Please join us for a day of training at UMD’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in College Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The cost is $25, which will help to defray costs of the training day. Lunch will be provided.

The schedule:

* A welcome from the college, and donuts and coffee, 9 – 9:30 a.m. – Gene Roberts Room, 3rd floor, Knight Hall.

* A morning mobile apps session, with a focus on collecting, editing and uploading video and photos with smart phones. Students will practice creating a video story using the app Videolicious. 9:30 a.m. to noon, Gene Roberts Room, Knight Hall. Session instructor: Ronald Yaros, associate professor of mobile and multiplatform journalism at UMD.

* A lunch Q&A session on participants’ high school news Web sites  (12:15 to 1:30 p.m. – Gene Roberts Room.) Session instructor: Mark W. Smith, a mobile editor at The Washington Post, a former social media manager at USA Today, and a former assistant editor of digital media at the Detroit Free Press.

* An afternoon graphics session: creating print and interactive digital graphics with free tools (1:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Room 2103.) Session instructor: Sean Mussenden, UMD’s Capital News Service digital director.

To register: Fill out the form below and email or mail: to Chris Harvey, Knight Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742. Email: charvey@umd.edu . If you mail the form, you may enclose a check for $25 made out to University of Maryland, or you may bring it with you Sept. 24. Registration deadline: Sept. 23. We can accommodate up to 18 participants.

______ ___________ __________ __________ ________ _________ _________ ________

Sign me up for the day of teacher training at UMD on Sept. 24!

Name: _________________________________________________________________________

High school: __________________________________________________________________

High school newspaper URL: _______________________________________________

I teach: ________________________________________________________________________

My email address: _________________________; Mobile phone: ________________

Check or circle one: ____ Check is enclosed;   ____ I will bring a check.

J-Day 2016 Planned for Friday, October 28

JDay WelcomeTeachers and Students – Save the date! Fall J-Day at the University of Maryland, co-sponsored by the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, is scheduled for Friday, October 28.

Make plans now to bring your students to the campus of the University of Maryland for a full day of journalism education and fun. There will be some changes this year – an earlier schedule for those schools that need to leave earlier – and plans to locate sessions more centrally near the Knight Center.

Stay tuned for more information. Registration will open early in September and we will get you more information as soon as plans are solidified.

New Voices Maryland Passes the Legislature

NewVoicesMarylandLogoOn Saturday, April 9, The New Voices Maryland Act, designed to reasonably protect the First Amendment rights of high school and college students in Maryland, won final passage with amendments in the Maryland State Senate. This was the last hurdle to passing the bill out of the state legislature. The act now goes to Governor Hogan for his signature.

This passage is the culmination of years of effort to get the legislation before the House and Senate, and a solid year of work by dedicated individuals to find sponsors, create the bill, and shepherd it through the statehouse including representatives from the Student Press Law Center, The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, and the Maryland-DC Scholastic Press Association.

The bill will:
• Protect the First Amendment Rights of Students to report without fear of censorship on their schools and communities.
• Protect students from retaliation for their work as journalists.
• Protect journalism teachers for retaliation over the journalism their students produce.
• Protects student journalists from prior restraint.

School administrators can still prevent the distribution of material that:
• Is libelous or slanderous
• Constitutes an invasion of privacy
• Violates state or federal law
• Incites students to commit an unlawful act
• Incites students to violate county school board policy
• Incites students to materially disrupt the orderly operation of the school
• Is vulgar, lewd, obscene, harassing, threatening or intimidating.

If you support this bill, consider contacting Governor Hogan using one of these methods

  • Mail:
    100 State Circle
    Annapolis, Maryland
  • Phone:
    MD Relay 1-800-735-2258
  • Email Form:
    Click Here

Plans for J-Day

Knight Hall

Knight Hall

As everyone knows, we at the MDCSPA received far greater response to our J-Day at the University of Maryland event than we expected. We anticipated a high of 175 registrants, but received requests to bring many more than twice that number. We worked with the university to accommodate as many of those attendees as possible. While we couldn’t register everyone who wanted to come, we were able to expand the event to around 300. We sincerely apologize to those advisers who put their groups on the wait list, but who did not get in. Please come back again next year.

Adjusting numbers upward, some changes had to be made. Specifically, we will now principally use four buildings on the campus for our sessions: The Stamp Student Union, Knight Hall (home to the College of Journalism), the Tawes Fine Arts Building, and the Mathematics Building. Knight and Tawes are side by side on Union Drive off of the top of Campus Drive. Stamp is about halfway down Campus Drive, and Math is at the bottom of Campus Drive just below the “M”. Anyone who is familiar with the campus can probably picture this, but if you can’t, visit the campus map at this link to see the relationship between the buildings: http://maps.umd.edu/map/ .
We have adjusted available travel times to make the walk between buildings doable, and the feeling of some teachers was that the distance will let students experience traveling from class to class around a large college campus. If, however, registered participants are concerned about your students attending sessions in distant locations, we are offering all groups the opportunity to bring one additional chaperone to the event at no charge. Please just send the person’s name to me within the next week so that I can register them. Personally, I can tell you that I have taken large groups to the CSPA Convention at Columbia in New York many times where sessions are held in buildings even further apart, and my students have never had any problem.
Late registrants to J-Day were unable to register for lunchtime tours. In lieu of that, we have added a Swap Shop to be held in the Stamp Student Union near the Food Court from 12:20–1 p.m. Bring copies of your staff’s newspaper, magazine or yearbook to the shop to share with other staffs (yearbooks will, of course, be returned) and help your students gain great new ideas by networking with students from other schools. The Swap Shop is also available to those schools that registered for tours if they’d rather send some students there. Talk to your students about the option.
I will be sending everyone a detailed email regarding specific plans for the entire event next week – including a digital version of the program so that you can pre-plan with your kids what to do at J-Day.
I look forward to seeing everyone on campus on November 6.
–Gary Clites
president, The Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association