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Update from IHSPA executive director


The beginning of another school year for many advisers marks the very beginning for some advisers.

Welcome to new advisers at our member schools:
Scott Duncan, newspaper adviser, and Erin Poyner, yearbook adviser at Columbus East
Tina Stacy, newspaper and yearbook adviser at Kankakee Valley
Lauren Wagner, yearbook adviser at Lafayette Jefferson
Samantha Deane, yearbook adviser, and Joe Akers, newspaper adviser at Noblesville
Shelly Engle, yearbook adviser at Tippecanoe Valley High School
Chad Lieberman, yearbook adviser at Tri Jr.-Sr. High School
Amy Hayes, yearbook adviser at Guerin Catholic
Susan Taylor, yearbook adviser at Frontier Jr. Sr.

Updating the membership list at this time of year is always a challenge. Anyone who knows of other additions/changes is encouraged to let me know.

The 2014 IHSPA convention theme is “Tell Me A Story” and features keynote speaker Soren Wheeler, a producer for Radiolab, National Public Radio.

About Soren Wheeler

Some students may already be familiar Radiolab. If not, the links below can introduce them to Radiolab’s innovative approaches to “tell a story” on radio.
Feel welcome to use this material as a lesson plan or incentive for attending the convention.

The Making of Radiolab (10 minute video about audio learning. Soren Wheeler, IHSPA keynote speaker, is the producer with red hair in the video.)

Sample Radiolab Shows
Randomness. (This show is presented two versions. The first link is 20 minutes and great for a class. The second is one-hour for those who want to know more about the topic.

60 Words (This Radiolab segment analyzes one sentence, written in the hours after September 11th, 2001, that has led to the longest war in U.S. history.
The hosts examine how just 60 words of legal language have blurred the line between war and peace.

After students listen to a Radiolab show (many other choices on the site), the lesson plan could include the following questions.
1. How does Radiolab storytelling differ from print narratives?
2. How are quotes used in Radiolab compared to print journalism?
3. How does the addition of music and sound effects shape the experience of listening to the story?
4. How does the conversational technique of two hosts interacting affect the overall message?
5. Would you listen to a Radiolab story on your own time?

Keep me informed of your successes and challenges. I hope all of you will have a great year!

Diana Hadley
Executive Director, Indiana High School Press Association

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