The Harvard Crimson's



Spring Journalism Conference

Envision the future of journalism.
Central to our spring conference is innovation in journalism; our seminar offerings, in addition to teaching techniques on how to improve journalistic skills, will focus on how to stay ahead in this rapidly changing field and how to advance newspaper organizations as a whole. 

Examples of innovation in high-school journalism covered by our seminars include online-only content, long-form journalism, harnessing social media, producing videos, online strategy, blogs, and alternative revenue streams beyond print advertising. 

A hallmark of the journalism conference is our hands-on approach to applying broad concepts in journalism to situations pertinent to high-school newspapers, including training new editors, tackling year-in-review issues, covering faculty issues, and more. By learning from our award-winning editors and their fellow attendees, all participants will improve their skills and strengthen their interest in journalism, generating new ideas and techniques that they can then implement in their own papers.


The innovation conference is a one-day event for high school journalists with all levels of experience. Participants will attend seminars on different aspects of journalism led by our editors and executives, panels on how to incorporate journalism experiences into college applications, as well as attend a keynote speech by an accomplished journalist followed by a Q&A session.

Faculty advisors will also have a chance to tour the building and participate in a roundtable discussion. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn from and interact with experienced college journalists in a fun, collegiate setting. By working with our editors as well as fellow attendees, all participants will improve their skills and strengthen their interest in journalism, coming up with new ideas that they can then implement in their own papers. We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, March 28th, 2020!



Please reach out to our team at with specific questions on conference programming. In past years, the Spring Innovation Conference has included the following seminar topics:

Following a Lead: Investigative Journalism

Investigative journalism produces some of the most valuable content for any newspaper, but it requires real persistence and creativity. This seminar will cover some examples of long-term investigative reporting we’ve done here at The Crimson and will give you the skills necessary to turn a seemingly innocuous tip into a hard-hitting story.

Taking the Perfect Shot: Storytelling through Photojournalism

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or you really know your way around camera, our photographers will have some tricks and tips to share with you. Come learn how we take the perfect shots as we cover protests, speeches, games, and concert and we integrate them in print and online to create stories that really pop. You’ll also learn how photos and videos can tell stories all on their own.

Find Your Voice: How to Craft the Perfect Op-Ed

What do you need to write impactful and persuasive opinion content? The Crimson's Editorial Chairs will go over some of the opinion page's pieces, including op-eds, staff editorials, and columns, and what distinguishes them from each other. Specific attention will be given to opening paragraphs, unique writing styles, and ways to present data, facts, and evidence — all to help make your point in a powerful way.



I'm a parent and would like for my child to attend. What should I do?

No worries, please contact with subject line: Spring JC 2020 Individual Attendee: [Full Name] and we’ll get back to you with the registration details.

How do I know if I've registered and paid successfully?

You will receive a confirmation email within the next week with the conference schedule and attendee form.

I didn't receive a confirmation email. What should I do?

Don't worry! Send us an email at with subject line: Registration Check: [School Name] and we'll be in touch to get things fixed.

Can I pay via check?

Yes, you can. After you complete registration, please send an email to with subject line: Check Payment: [School Name] and we will send you the invoice and appropriate details.

I need an invoice. What should I do?

Contact us at with subject line: Invoice Needed: [School Name] and we'll send it along!

I would like to attend again. What should I do?

We'd love to have you! Please do stay connected. You can subscribe to our email list (coming soon!) and you'll be updated with event updates and product releases!

I ordered a newspaper review (Spring IC only). What's next?

Please send a PDF copy of your most recent publication to with subject line: Newspaper Review: [School Name]. Please also bring a physical copy with you on the day of.



Individual Students

Early Registration

Ends March 4th, 2020

Normal Registration

New School Groups


Special pricing for schools that have 5 or more students that will attend the conference. Groups with smaller sizes will be applied the individual student price. 

Early Registration

Ends March 4th, 2020

Normal Registration

Returning School Groups


Special pricing for schools who have registered student groups for The Crimson's journalism programs before. Pricing is per student.

Early Registration

Ends March 4th, 2020

Normal Registration