J-Day speakers offer range, depth

Over 50 unique sessions offered for our state conference


If you are on the fence about traveling to Fort Collins for the Oct. 9 J-Day state conference, check out this list of speakers and sessions. The challenge is finding ways to get to everything you want to see and hear. Watch for the final session schedule, coming soon.

Deadline to register for J-Day is Oct. 1, so don’t delay in making your plans.


Jeremy Jojola, 9News – investigative reporting

Cory Morlock, ASD20 & Adam Dawkins, Regis Jesuit – sequence of three sessions on getting started in broadcast

Paul Daugherty, CU-Boulder – ADVISERS: getting into video

Scott Melanson, DCSD and Jim McClurg, Rock Canyon HS – making videos that don’t suck

Jeff Browne and Amanda McManus, CU-Boulder – ADVISERS: moving online is EZ


Web, Tech & Social Media

Scott Trudeau, Adobe – Making Adobe products work for student media

Ben Reed, Standley Lake HS – Growing a complete social media presence

Sarah Zerwin and Rachel Perley, Fairview HS – How to make social media essential

Jeff Browne & Emily Johnson, CU-Boulder – social media

Michael Humphrey, CSU – Making a living writing on the Internet

Rocky Mountain Student Media students – multimedia reporting

Camille Quinones & Jennifer Orvis, Walsworth Publishing – making (journalism) life easier with apps



Anastasia Harrison, Legend HS – innovative news design

Laura Schaub, Lifetouch – Typography and design

Laura Schaub, Lifetouch – Trends in yearbook theme & design

Cindy Todd, 2013 YAOY – Ideas from the professionals

Brenda Gorsuch, 2014 YAOY – Designing for readers

Brenda Gorsuch, 2014 YAOY – Trends in magazine design

Yvette Manculich, Powell MS – Purposeful design for yearbooks



Jed Palmer, Sierra MS – Visual storytelling through photos

Kenn Bisio, Metropolitan State University of Denver – Seeing as a photojournalist

Cindy Todd, 2013 YAOY – Action photos

Rob Rathbun, Balfour – Photojournalism


Reporting & Writing

Kristi Rathbun, Rock Canyon HS – reporting verbally and visually, the first step

Stephen Wahlfeldt, Rocky Mountain HS – interviewing tips

Annie Gorenstein, Arvada West HS & Justin Daigle, Brighton HS – improving your writing painlessly

Bonnie Katzive, Monarch HS – review writing, print and online

Darrell Blair, CSU – sports reporting and writing

Tony Phifer, CSU – sports writing

Michelle Hasler, University of Nebraska – Lincoln – better writing in five steps

Cindy Todd, 2013 YAOY – Telling stories in your publication

Brenda Gorsuch, 2014 YAOY – Newspaper storytelling and readers

Kate Jeraki, CSU – everybody needs an editor


Staff Organization/Leadership

Angela Banfield, Coronado HS – Creating unity among staffs

Jess Leifheit, Castle View HS, Karen Slusher, Eaglecrest HS, & Adam Dawkins, Regis Jesuit – panel on converging media staffs

Justin Daigle, Brighton HS & Carrie Hendrix, Lewis-Palmer HS – Empower your yearbook staff



Nic Garcia & Maura Walz, Chalkbeat Colorado – Getting and staying on top of education issues

Greg Luft, CSU – Covering tragedy

Nicole Arduini & Genise Cushman, Herff Jones – Boosting yearbook coverage

Peter Griffin & Tina Cleavlin, Jostens – Humans of Colorado

Kris Kodrich, CSU – Storytelling for journalists

Marguerite Moritz, CU-Boulder & panel – covering tragedies on campus


The Present & Future of Media

Rocky Mountain Student Media panel – opportunities to explore on campus

Jeff Dodge, CSU – we still need good journalism

Lynn Schofield Clark, DU – career success after graduation

David Freed, CSU (and Pulitzer winner from the LA Times) – Making it, as a career

Clarissa Crozier, CSU – the Communications Institute could be for you next summer

Will Reutemann, CSU – what Colorado State University offers you


Press Law & Ethics

Carrie Faust, Smoky Hill HS – your rights and responsibilities in Colorado

Darcy Stanco, Palisade HS – The First Amendment and you

Jack Kennedy, CHSPA – Why administrators should demand great student media