April 13, 2021

For 2021,
we’re taking 
our virtual workshop
to the next level

After a successful virtual workshop last summer, we’ve learned a lot, and we’re creating an even more dynamic experience for 2021 while looking forward to returning to our face-to-face format in 2022.


New workshop platform

A more engaging virtual experience 

A new award-winning event platform creates a more unified and interactive workshop experience, including real-time updates, messages, live polls, photo sharing and gamification.



Students enroll in one specialized class

Instruction is returning to the time-tested format used during the in-person workshop. Students will enroll in one workshop class, based on experience level and offering a combination of instruction and hands-on work.


Newspaper: Boot Camp, Editorial Leadership

Online Publications

Photography: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Publication Design: Beginning, Advanced

Writing: Feature Writing, Specialized Writing

Yearbook: Beginning, Intermediate, Theme Development

Video: Beginning, Advanced 

Registration fee

$95 per student

The workshop registration fee is $95 per person. This includes the opening session, workshop classes and staff meetings. 


Consulting sessions


Once again, staffs may add 50-minute Meet the Expert sessions for specialized feedback. Our team of experts will enhance your workshop experience and have helped student journalists and advisers from coast to coast produce dynamic publications.



Workshop kicks off on Sunday afternoon

Our tentative workshop schedule allows you to plan your schedule. This year we are starting on Sunday afternoon and concluding on Wednesday in the late afternoon. All times are CDT.

Sunday, June 27
2 p.m. CDT  Workshop opening session
3-5 p.m.  Workshop classes
6-9 p.m.  Consulting sessions (by appointment)

Monday, June 28
9:30 a.m.-noon CDT  Workshop classes
2-4 p.m.  Workshop classes
4-5 p.m.  Workshop classes; staff and individual feedback with instructors
6-9 p.m.  Consulting sessions (by appointment)
7-9 p.m.  Staff meetings, with workshop instructors available for advice and feedback

Tuesday, June 29
9:30 a.m.-noon CDT  Instruction
2-4 p.m.  Instruction
4-5 p.m.  Workshop classes; staff and individual feedback with instructors
6-9 p.m.  Consulting sessions (by appointment)
7-9 p.m.  Staff meetings, with workshop instructor available for advice and feedback 

Wednesday, June 30
9:30 a.m.-noon CDT  Workshop classes
2-5 p.m.  Workshop classes, concluding with awards presentations in each class

March 19, 2021

The Gloria Shields NSPA Media Workshop will be virtual again this summer — June 27-30.

As plans are finalized, they will be announced on this website.

Here is a message from workshop director Dow Tate —

After reading survey responses, we’re making the difficult decision to once again do the Gloria Shields NSPA Media Workshop virtually. 

Our plan is to build on last year’s success and make the experience as personal as we are able to. 

The challenge for us in having to make this decision in April rather than June was the uncertainty of overnight travel policies. 

By June, we hope that many schools, at the least, will be able to meet in person. We’re encouraging neighboring schools to join together to participate in the workshop because know that the in-person group experience brings a certain synergy. 

We can tell you that our same high-quality instructors will return to do everything they can to make the experience productive.

Our thanks to those of you that responded to our survey. If you have additional feedback for the committee as we plan for this summer, please let us hear it.

Gloria Shields NSPA Media Workshop
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