Envision the future of journalism.

The innovation conference is a one-day event for high school journalists with all levels of experience. Participants will attend seminars on different aspects of journalism led by our editors and executives, panels on how to incorporate journalism experiences into college applications, as well as attend a keynote speech by an accomplished journalist followed by a Q&A session. Faculty advisors will also have a chance to tour the building and participate in a roundtable discussion. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn from and interact with experienced college journalists in a fun, collegiate setting. By working with our editors as well as fellow attendees, all participants will improve their skills and strengthen their interest in journalism, coming up with new ideas that they can then implement in their own papers. We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, March 28th, 2020!

Central to our spring conference is innovation in journalism; our seminar offerings, in addition to teaching techniques on how to improve journalistic skills, will focus on how to stay ahead in this rapidly changing field and how to advance newspaper organizations as a whole. Examples of innovation in high-school journalism covered by our seminars include online-only content, long-form journalism, harnessing social media, producing videos, online strategy, blogs, and alternative revenue streams beyond print advertising. This conference is designed to complement our fall conference, held in October, which emphasizes the fundamentals and intricacies of traditional reporting.

Conference Registration Fees (per student)

Early Registration (ends on March 4th, 2020)

  • Returning School Groups: $70

  • New School Groups: $80

  • Individual Students: $90

Normal Registration

  • Returning School Groups: $85

  • New School Groups: $100

  • Individual Students $105

*For our group pricing, groups will consist of schools that have 5 or more students that will attend the conference. Groups with smaller sizes will be applied the individual student price. 



Frequently asked questions

I'm a parent and would like for my child to attend. What should I do?

No worries, please contact programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Spring JC 2020 Individual Attendee: [Full Name] and we’ll get back to you with the registration details.

How do I know I've registered and paid successfully?

You will receive a confirmation email within the next week with the conference schedule and attendee form.

I didn't receive a confirmation email. What should I do?

Don't worry! Send us an email at programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Registration Check: [School Name] and we'll be in touch to get things fixed.

Can I pay via check?

Yes, you can. After you complete registration, please send an email to programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Check Payment: [School Name] and we will send you the invoice and appropriate details.

I need an invoice. What should I do?

Contact us at programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Invoice Needed: [School Name] and we'll send it along!

More students would like to attend. What should I do?

We'd love to have them! Please send an email to programs@thecrimson with subject title: Registration Change: [School Name] and we'll work with you from there!

Is there housing provided?

Unfortunately, housing is not provided. There are many affordable hotel accommodations in Harvard Square and the greater Boston area, so we recommend booking a night with a local hotel if you’re coming from out of town.

I'm arriving late. What should I do?

No worries, we totally understand. Just send an email with the estimated time of arrival to programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Late Arrival: [School Name] and we’ll make separate registration arrangements.

I would like to leave early. What should I do?

Not a problem at all! Just send a email with your approximate time of departure to programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Early Departure: [School Name].

I ordered a newspaper review. What should I do?

Please send a PDF copy of your most recent publication to programs@thecrimson.com with subject line: Newspaper Review: [School Name] by November 25th. Please also bring a physical copy with you on the day of.

I loved the conference and want to leave a review! What should I do?

We're so glad you enjoyed it. We always love hearing from you guys, so please leave us your comments in the Feedback tab! If you have specific shout-outs, let us know too!

I would like to attend again. What should I do?

We'd love to have you! Please do stay connected. You can subscribe to our email list (coming soon!) and you'll be updated with event updates and product releases!

I didn’t attend the fall conference. Can I attend this one?

Yes! Regardless of experience and age, as long as you have an interest in journalism, this conference is the one for you.

I'm a faculty advisor managing group registrations for my school. What should I do?

Forward your interested students the website, and have them each individually complete the form. Under the question "Are you registering as an individual student or are you affiliated with a school?", have them select the "School" option. Then, they should input your information under the faculty advisor email/name, before submitting the form. After we've received your students' registrations, we will follow up to the email listed under "Faculty Adviser's Email Address" with another form sent to the advisor - this one will contain information about lunch details, number of students attending from your school, payment method, etc. After receiving this advisory form, we will follow up with the appropriate invoice, following the pricing scheme on the website. If we receive this advisory form before the early registration deadline, we will price according to a) the number of students listed on your form and b) the early registration price scheme on our website.

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