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.

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.

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Come to J-Day at The University of Maryland on November 6

Knight Hall, the home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at Maryland.

Knight Hall, the home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at Maryland.

The MDCSPA will hold J-Day hosted by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland on Friday, November 6. Students and teachers are invited to the campus for a day of journalism education and networking.

The day will start with a panel of young professionals in the field who will talk about starting careers in the field of journalism in the 21st Century. Three concurrent sessions led by professional journalists and educators will follow during which you and your students can choose from sessions on yearbook, print, online and social media journalism, and more.

During lunch (not included – students can eat at the Stamp Student Union food court), students and advisers can take a tour of the Merrill College of Journalism, the Diamondback student newspaper and the WMUC student radio station, or the Capital News Service broadcast facility. Advisers will have a chance to meet to network and discuss press freedom in Maryland and D.C. with Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte during one of the concurrent sessions.

Presenters from The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, The Baltimore Sun, Big Ten Network, CNN, Education Week, McClatchy News Service, News Channel 8, The Student Press Law Center, Terp Magazine, and WMUC Sports will be among the speakers.

Registration information for the event will be released in late August. Check back here or watch your school mail for details. Space at the event is limited, so sign up early.