ASPA Reschedules High School Publication Workshops

  • October 7th, 2004

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) will present publication workshops to high school students and advisers on two Alabama college campuses in October. The original dates were cancelled due to Hurricane Ivan.

The ASPA traveling team will offer workshops on the following dates and at the following locations:

  • Oct. 21, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama, Ferguson Center
  • Oct. 22, Huntsville, UAH, University Center

The workshop fee is $15 per student or adviser. ASPA will waive the registration fee for advisers who bring students. Advisers attending the conference for the first time will have their fee waived as well.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at each site. The opening assembly will begin at 8:45 a.m., and sessions will last from 9 a.m. until noon. The workshop will end at 12:15 p.m.

Yearbook, newspaper, literary magazine, broadcast and photography classes will be offered. Yearbook and newspaper classes will be available on beginning and advanced levels.

The featured speakers will include:

  • T. J. Beitelman teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. He is a former editor of two of Alabama’s finest magazines, the Black Warrior Review and Alabama Heritage. Beitelman’s poems, stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Colorado Review, the New Orleans Review and Quarterly West.
  • Merle Dieleman of Bettendorf, Iowa, retired from Pleasant Valley Community High School after 34 years of advising student publications, including newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines. He is a former Dow Jones National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Bruce Watterson advised yearbooks and student magazines in Arkansas for 20 years and is a former executive director of the Arkansas Collegiate Press Association. He teaches journalism at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., where he is vice president of public relations. He served on the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2003 Board of Crown Judges.

Registration forms and more information are available online at For more information, contact the ASPA office at 205/348-9298, or P.O. Box 2389, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35403.

The Alabama Scholastic Press Association, sponsored by UA since 1937, seeks to empower high school newspaper, yearbook, news magazine, literary magazine and broadcast staffs around Alabama.


Ryan Davis or Linda Hill, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,

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