In a 2013 survey of Spring JEA/NSPA adviser convention attendees, 67 percent of respondents said they engaged with exhibitors while at the convention. Sixty percent said exhibitors are somewhat important to very important in influencing their decision to attend the convention.
About the conference
The Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association have been partnering each fall for more than 40 years to put on the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Our partnership helps bring together more than 3,000 high school student journalists and their advisers to experience powerful keynote speakers, more than 300 breakout sessions, on-site critiques and contests and the latest trends, services and resources at the convention trade show.
Typically as many as 3,000 high school student journalists working for their newspapers, yearbooks, news magazines, literary magazines, broadcast programs and online news sites. As many as 800 publication advisers are also represented at the annual event. Trade show vendors include yearbook publishing companies, software companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, journalism-related nonprofits and movie studios. In 2012, more than 600 publications in 42 states and 3 countries attended the convention.
By the numbers Spring JEA/NSPA:
3,800 – Spring convention average attendance
5,374 – Largest spring convention attendance, San Francisco, spring 2001
3,000 – attendees expected at the 2015 JEA/NSPA Convention
About 15 percent – of attendees are decision- making advisers
300+ – Breakout sessions
20+ – Sponsorships
Our conventions are designed to provide the type of customer engagement you’re looking for. If you’re looking to have a large presence at the convention we offer a variety of sponsorships to help you get the most for your money; combining sponsoring, exhibiting and advertising all into one. If you want to meet your clients or prospective clients face-to-face, exhibiting at the trade show may be your best bet. Or, if you’re interested in a hands-off approach, we have print advertising options in the registration booklet, convention program or adviser tote bag insert.
Trade show booth assignments
Booths are assigned based on sponsorship level and the date in which the contract is received by NSPA. Rotation of booth spaces may also be based on location at previous conventions and the number of years the organization has exhibited with JEA/NSPA. JEA/NSPA reserve the right to adjust floor plans as necessary.
About the trade show
The convention trade show runs Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Registration will be at the rear of the exhibit hall to help increase traffic on the trade show floor. Additionally, the exhibit hall is located near breakout rooms and pre-convention seminar locations.
Convention trade show hours:
Wednesday, April 15
- 2 to 5 p.m. — Early move-in for select exhibitors who have paid a $250 fee*
Thursday, April 16
- 8 a.m. to noon — Exhibitor setup*
- 1 to 7 p.m. — Exhibits / Registration open
*Early setup is available Wednesday afternoon for a $250 surcharge. Contact NSPA for more details.
Friday, April 17
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Exhibits open
- 4 to 6 p.m. — Tear down exhibits
Reserve hotel rooms online
To take full advantage of the convention, exhibitors who live outside the Denver metro area are encouraged to stay at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, the sanctioned and officially designated JEA/NSPA convention hotels.
If you have questions about any of the sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diana Mitsu Klos at NSPA.
Diana Mitsu Klos, NSPA
2221 University Ave. SE Suite 121
Minneapolis, MN 55414