The Student Television Network Convention is a unique experience for both teachers and students.  In just four days, you can learn from professionals, participate in contests, meet peers, understand deadlines, acquire skills and have fun. Pre-planning for the STN Convention will ensure the most positive experience for teachers and students.  Before registration even opens, you can make the most crucial decisions and be prepared in advance.

 

  • Dates: March 12-15, 2020
  • Location: Washington DC
  • Hotel:  Washington Hilton (reservations can be made AFTER STN online registration in December)
  • Meet with students and parents to determine interest and involvement
  • Determine which students are attending
  • Collect partial payments for airfare, hotel, registration, contests and training
  • Consider the many activities in Washington D.C.
  • Enlist the help of parent volunteers and chaperones
  • Determine which students will share rooms
  • Determine the contests students will enter
  • Book airfare early
  • Review past conventions with students
  • Prepare for a dynamic and exciting convention!

Download the convention flyer and share it. (coming soon)

Download the Convention Planner and discuss the schedule, pricing and options.

Determine your chaperones – we suggest you bring a ratio of 1:8 for high school and 1:6 for middle school.

Study flight options and sign up for reminders of lowered fares.

 


Hotel reservations can be made only after you register for the convention.  You must have an STN Convention Registration number to reserve a hotel room.  Hotels must be paid in advance of your arrival. 

Washington Hilton Hotel.
This is the iconic DC hotel with plenty of history and space for our busy convention.
A few facts courtesy of Wikipedia:

The hotel is near the KaloramaDupont Circle, and Adams Morgan neighborhoods.

Designed by architect William B. Tabler and built in 1965.  Numerous large events have been regularly hosted at the Hilton Washington, including the annual dinners of the White House Correspondents Association and the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, as well as the National Prayer Breakfast.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the hotel hosted a number of big musical acts for concerts in their large ballroom, including The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. In 1972 it was home to the first International Conference on Computer Communications.

The hotel was the site of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981. The attempt occurred at the hotel's T Street NW exit.

We need to meet our room blocks in order to have access to all the hotel meeting rooms and the Presidential Ballroom for the live events.  Please be sure to book rooms in the convention hotel rather than choosing other options.  Your rooms help to keep the overall costs down and allow us to offer the convention registration for just $100.

 

Wednesday, March 11 – Arrivals and Registration open 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 12 – Crazy 8s Team Contests

Thursday March 12 – 6:00 pm – Opening Ceremony

Friday March 13 – Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops

Friday March 13 – 8:00 pm – Excellence Awards

Saturday, March 14 - Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops

Sunday March 15 – 10:00 am Closing Ceremony

 

PRO SESSIONS - FREE WITH REGISTRATION
We expect to have 60+ professional sessions included in the registration fee.  Sessions will typically run 60 minutes with 15-20 minutes for networking and questions.

WORKSHOPS - additional fee
Workshops are hands-on learning sessions for both students and teachers.  Typically they are 2 hours and the additional fee is $40 in advance or $60 onsite.

 

On Thursday, March 12, STN will host the 2020 Crazy 8s Contests.  These are team building contests that teachers can participate in with their students.  You may sign up for a maximum of 2 Crazy 8s contests per member program and all of your students may join in on the production.  For Crazy 8s, you can film anywhere in the DC area.  You can edit wherever you’d like or you can reserve an Edit Table for an additional $25. (limited number available). 

Each member program can enter up to 2 Crazy 8s contests on Thursday, March 12.

You should not pre-plan your interviews or locations.  Please wait for the topics before you decide on the best people and places.

At 7:30 am on March 12, STN will release the topics on Social Media and in your contest pouch that will be available at the Contest Booth at convention.  Included in your pouch are the instructions and a pre-labeled flashdrive for your entry.  Save the pouch and the flashdrive and turn them in by the deadline at 4:00 pm.

 

High schools can enter up to 12 contests on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.

Middle schools can enter up to 8 contests on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.

Coming Soon:

Contest List - list of all contests

Contest Schedule – includes information pick up times and deadlines

Contest Grid – includes maximum number of students and entries for each contest

Watch for updates on the STN Website, on ListServ and in STN Social Media.

See you in DC!

 

 

 

 

 

2020 PLANNING
2020 Convention Press Release
2020 Convention Planner
2020 Convention Flyer
2019 Convention Primer
Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct is Required Reading for Registration
Payments and Changes
Review Change Charges
Sample School Forms 

Convention Press Release
Internship Program
2020 contest topics released onsite 

 

TRAVEL AND HOTEL
Travel Resources: Flights/Shuttles/Activities
TRAVEL PARTNER - USA STUDENT TRAVEL
AREA MAP
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
HOTEL SECURITY PROCEDURES

 

ONSITE

2020 CONVENTION SCHEDULE

2020 CONVENTION CONTEST LIST
2020 CONVENTION CONTEST DETAIL GRID
2020 CONVENTION CONTEST SCHEDULE (ALPHA)
2020 CONVENTION CONTEST SCHEDULE (CHRON)
2020 WORKSHOPS (add'l fee)

2019 PROFESSIONAL SESSIONS - free!
2019 PROFESSIONAL SESSION SCHEDULE
2019 PROFESSIONAL SESSION SPEAKER BIOS

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
STN Contest Guidelines
Code of Ethics 
Creative Content Policy
Use of Copyrighted Materials
Rules for Convention Contests
EDIT ROOM RULES

 

2018/2019 STN CONVENTION SPONSORS/EXHIBITORS

All American High School Film Festival

American University - Discover the World of Communication

Biola University Cinema and Media Arts

California Media Solutions

Columbia College Chicago

Datron World Communications

ESE Networks

Eurasia Foundation

Full Sail University

Florida State University
College of Motion Picture Arts

Ithaca College - Roy H. Park School of Communications
GoPro Inc.


Key Code Media

Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University

The Media School at Indiana University

Missouri School of Journalism

Quantum

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Special Olympics

Studio School

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) Program

University of Miami School of Communication

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication - Arizona State University

Washington Journalism Education Association

WorldStrides/USA Student Travel