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 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.

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