Convention Officials

  • Laura Widmer, Executive Director, National Scholastic Press Association
    NSPA is responsible for the convention’s sponsorships, exhibit space, advertising, registration and marketing. You can contact Laura at or 612-625-6519.
  • Linda Puntney, Interim Executive Director, Journalism Education Association
    JEA is responsible for the convention’s educational program, including speaker logistics, audio-visual needs and meeting space arrangements. You can contact Linda at or 785-532-7822.
  • Mark Murray, Local Team Chair, Dallas convention
    The local team is responsible for recruiting local professionals as speakers, managing student volunteers, arranging media tours and helping to infuse a local feel into the convention. You can contact Mark at