J-Day 2015 – UofW, Seattle Campus

Thursday, Sept. 17
University of Washington Campus

Tentative Schedule:
8 – 9 a.m.– Check-in:  Communications Building Lobby
9:30-10:20 a.m. — Session #1: Choose from 25 topics presented by media professionals
10:30-11:20 a.m. — Session #2: Repeat of Session #1; choose a new topic
11:30-12:20 — Lunch: Choice of campus venues
12:30-1:30 — Keynote, Kane Hall:  Mike Hiestand, Zenger Consulting
1:40-2:30 (optional) — Post keynote discussion topic (TBA) in Kane Hall or Campus Media Tours
Mike_Hiestand_SPLC Keynote – Mike Hiestand, Zenger Consulting Owner and Founder
Mike Hiestand earned a journalism degree from Marquette University and a law degree from Cornell. He was the staff attorney for the nonprofit Student Press Law Center, located just outside Washington, D.C., between 1991-2003 and, as the owner and founder of Zenger Consulting, worked full-time as the Center’s sole consulting attorney until 2012.  He continues to assist student media and work with the SPLC on various special projects affecting the student press community. Over the years, Mr. Hiestand has provided legal assistance to nearly 15,000 high school and college student journalists and their advisers.  Mr. Hiestand has filed friend of the court briefs on various First Amendment and media law issues with appellate courts across the country and before the United States Supreme Court in nearly every significant free speech case affecting youth speech over the past two decades. He work has been recognized by groups including the National Scholastic Press Association, College Media Advisers and the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Washington Journalism Education Association. During the 2013-14 school year, Mr. Hiestand organized and participated in a nationwide civics education bus tour — the Tinker Tour — with Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the landmark 1969 First Amendment Supreme Court case that bears her name, to talk at schools and colleges across the country about the importance of free speech and a free and independent press. The tour traveled nearly 25,000 miles, making over 100 stops while traveling through 41 states and two foreign countries. The Tinker Tour was the 2014 recipient of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation’s First Amendment Award.In 2015, he was honored as one of Real Speaking Academy’s 2015 Holy Fool’s Day (April 1) fools. The mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell said a “Holy Fool is the most dangerous person on earth” because he or she will say whatever needs to be said, no matter what, to make a difference in the world.

JDay 2015 Downloadable Registration Form (coming soon)

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Coming soon:  Watch for info on Eastern WA Journalism Day
Whitworth University on Monday, November 2, 2015

Registration will begin Mid-September


Questions?  Contact Kathy Schrier: wjeaexecutivedirector@gmail.com or 206-979-3234