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Here you will find the June archive of all the tips that Valerie Kibler has been posting to the JEA listserv.  This list will be updated twice a month, and we’ll be publishing her tips daily via Twitter (@vajta1)!  If you have any questions, please contact me off list at [email protected].

Monday, June 2

We the Media encourage you get your tickets for the Newseum now for when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience in Washington, D.C. Each of its seven levels is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments.

Come early or stay beyond the convention. The Newseum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You have three options to receive a discount for you and your students.

  1. Prepaid School Group Discount
    • Cost: $11 per student
    • Groups that book in advance receive one free chaperone for every 10 students. To receive this lowest rate, advisers must pre-pay and arrive as a group at the scheduled time. The rate is good only for the date of the reservation. Additional adults over the 1:10 ratio pay $11 each. To make a group reservation, call the Education Hotline, (202) 292-6650.
  2. Web-Only Discount
    • Cost: $11 per person
    • Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card. Receipts are obtained either as “will call” or printed at home. To purchase tickets at this rate, go to www.newseum.org, select “Tickets,” then “Purchase Now.” Enter the promotional code 90110001.
  3. At-the-Newseum Discount
    • Cost: $11 per person
    • Coupons will be available in the Adviser Hospitality Room at the convention. Each adult and student must have a coupon to present at the Newseum admission desk where payment will be made. You do not have to arrive as a group. Discount coupons will not be available at the Newseum.

For options 1 and 2, there are no refunds for no shows, whether one or a whole group.

Additional members of the group will pay on arrival. Discount valid Nov. 1-16, 2014. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Tuesday, June 3

We the Media encourage you to check out this pre-convention workshop offered by the Newseum when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. You will be able to register for this pre-convention workshop (and several others) when online registration opens.

Stories for Change Today • $40

How can you use video to tell a compelling story that spurs others to action? What makes your voice stand out in a crowded 21st century media landscape? Tap into the expertise of Newseum producer Frank Bond to learn how to apply best practices in broadcasting and multimedia in order to communicate a compelling story. Targeted time will be devoted to exploring the Newseum’s online resources, interactive galleries and films that spotlight how the civil rights movement used the free press to tell the stories and record the voices of citizens speaking out for change. The day will conclude with a working session where students and advisors will collaborate to create a plan of action for documenting their own story for change, applying the tips and techniques gained through the workshop.

Participants should have one year of broadcast experience and should not bring their own equipment, all equipment will be provided by the Newseum. This workshop is designed for student broadcasters and broadcast advisers. Participants are welcome to stay and explore the museum until 5 p.m. Tickets are also valid for admission on Friday, November 7.

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost of $40 includes lunch, workshop and Newseum admission. Limit 36

Wednesday, June 4

We the Media want you and your students to participate in JEA’s next One Book All The President’s Men before you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

One of your highlights as you tour D.C. might be a drive or walk by the historic Watergate complex.  if you’re in nearby Arlington, you might also catch a glimpse of the garage where Woodward met Deep Throat before it gets demolished. Additional info on garage.

Thursday, June 5

We the Media think you should consider a visit to Nationals Park when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, Nationals Park offers behind-the-scenes tours of of the ballpark. During the 90-minute tour, you will visit:

    • The PNC Diamond Club, The Lexus Presidents Club and the Norfolk Southern Club
    • A luxury suite
    • The Press Box: The Shirley Povich Media Center
    • The Nationals Dugout
    • The Visiting Team Clubhouse (if available)

Friday, June 6

We the Media want you to consider applying to present a session when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Because space will be at a premium, we’d love for you to get your application into the JEA office as soon as possible. Click here to fill in the application. The last time we were in D.C., we had over 6000 students and teachers and we hope we will have even more this fall. We need sessions that are current, unique and appropriate for both students and advisers.

You’re never too young or too experienced to present a session. If you’ve been nervous about applying, don’t be! Give it a try. You might just make a difference in another adviser’s world. You might make scholastic journalists see something they have never quite understood before.

The deadline for proposals is July 15.

Monday, June 9

We the Media want you to suggest you consider a visit to Mount Vernon when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Click here for information about events and tickets for George Washington’s home. Make sure you get the special student price.

Tuesday, June 10

We the Media think you might like this neat tour of Washington architecture when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

When: Every Monday, March through November

Time: 10:00am for approximately 2 hours

Meeting Place: Union State Metro, Massachusetts Avenue exit, top of outside escalator

Cost: $10.00 per person (children 10 and under half price; under 6, free) Cash only. The fee is collected at the beginning of the tour. Members receive one complimentary walking tour.

No reservations required. Tours go regardless of the weather.

Reserved group tours are available by request, and may be paid by check or credit card. Call 202-543-8919.

Tour content:

    • Union Station, the greatest train station in the world
    • The Senate Park Commission and the City Beautiful movement’s effect in the nation’s capital
    • The concept of a Capitol
    • The Capitol complex today
    • Choosing the site
    • Construction history
    • The Senate extension
    • The Capitol Grounds
    • The plan of the city
    • The original sandstone building: Senate wing, Library of Congress, Rotunda, House wing
    • Inaugurations
    • Constructing the extensions and dome
    • The House extension
    • Dome and the Statue of Freedom
    • How to tour the public areas of the interior and see the Houses of Congress in session
    • Contacting your Congresspeople and Senators
    • Where to have lunch
    • Other sights to see and tour nearby

The guide will also be available after the tour to answer questions.

Click here for ticket information.

Wednesday, June 11

We the Media think you might enjoy the Tabard Inn for a great meal when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. or for the bar/lounge if you’re coming to D.C. without students.

Thursday, June 12

We the Media think you might enjoy the wide variety of teen-centered eateries available at Union Station when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Click here to see the directory of dining choices. You’ve got everything from Kabuki Sushi to Jamba Juice.

Friday, June 13

We the Mediathink you might like visiting the US Naval Observatory on the same grounds as the Vice President’s residence when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Click here for more information about reservations.

Monday, June 16

We the Media think you might want to check out the local DC professional sports teams when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. Although the Redskins will have an off week on November 9th, last year at this time both the Wizards and Capitals played home games at the Verizon Center.

Schedules have not been released for the 2014-2015 seasons yet, so stay tuned. We will post more information about ticket information later.

Click here for information on the Washington Wizards.

Click here for information on the Washington Capitals.

Tuesday, June 17

We the Media think you might want to check out the city with an unconventional touring company when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. If you are not shy when it comes to adventure, consider touring D.C. on a segway!

D.C. has been called a great walking city, but why walk when you can ride on a segway?

http://dc.citysegwaytours.com/

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We the Media think you might want to check out Georgetown when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. From Georgetown Cupcake to Georgetown University, there is a lot to see and experience in this part of D.C.

Featured on TLC’s DC Cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes is located in the southeastern part of the city. Take your students out for a sweet treat and for some star watching.

The following Washington Post story covers some popular spots in Georgetown: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/georgetown-guide,97608.html

If you are interested in cupcakes see the link: https://www.georgetowncupcake.com/

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We the Media understands that nothing can quite compare to Broadway, but you might want to check out the theatre scene when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. From the Kennedy Center, to Arena Stage, to the Folger Theater for Shakespeare, there are many, many options for great shows in the city.

The following Washington Post section keeps you informed on upcoming show times and dates. There are also links to the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and Folger Theatre. Julius Caesar will be at the Shakespeare Folger Theatre during November, and Fiddler on the Roof will be at Arena Stage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/theater-dance/

http://www.folger.edu/calendar.cfm?calDate=2014,11,19

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=searchDay&bmonth=11&byear=2014&bday=8

http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/

Monday, June 23, 2014

We the Media thinks that you should consider seeing one of the most historical structures in town when you come to the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. According to their website the Washington National Cathedral is where there have been three State Funerals (Eisenhower, Reagan, Ford), one official burial service (Wilson), and seven Memorial Services for presidents of the United States. In addition, the Episcopal Bishop of Washington officiated at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral, which was held in the East Room of the White House.

And on a lighter note, there is a sculpture of Darth Vader on the structure as well. http://www.nationalcathedral.org/about/darthVader.shtml

For more information go to: http://www.nationalcathedral.org/visit/dailyTours.shtml

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

We the Media understands that not everyone wants to take the metro to get around while at the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. For those of you who prefer taxing a cab to the metro, here are some of the numbers for the local cab companies in Washington, D.C.

Diamond Cab Association: (202) 387-6200

District Cab: (202) 398-0500

VIP Cab: (202) 269-9000

United Ventures Consortium: (202) 269-1100

Yellow Cab Company: (202) 544-1212

This information can also be found on this website: http://dctaxi.dc.gov/page/central-dispatch-taxi-companies

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We the Media understands that not everyone will have a lot of money to spend once you arrive at the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. So here are 100 things that are listed on the Washington, D.C. tourism page that are free or almost free.

http://washington.org/100-free-and-almost-free-things-do-dc

Thursday, June 26, 2014

We the Media suggests you check out the National Harbor for entertainment, shopping, and much more once you arrive at the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. With so much to do at the National Harbor, you will have to plan your excursion out.

The following website contains information on all that there is to do at the National Harbor: http://nationalharbor.com/things-to-do-in-dc/

Monday, June 30, 2014

We the Media brings you this week every detail you could need for a trip to the National Zoo at the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Washington, D.C. With so much to do at the zoo, you will have to plan your excursion out.

A trip to the zoo would not be complete without seeing the giant pandas.

But if you do not plan accordingly, you could discover that you arrive too late to see these wonderful creatures. Click on the below link for information on the pandas. There is even a panda cam!  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/

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