November 13, 2010 / 2010 Fall JEA/NSPA / Walsworth Live

Exhibit floor, Walsworth booth provides a fun atmosphere for JEA/NSPA attendees in K.C.

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

A steady stream of students and advisers passed through the exhibit hall on Thursday and Friday at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Kansas City.

There was a festive atmosphere in the air, and not just due to the presence of all the animals from the Shrine Circus in town across the street being housed right outside the Convention Center’s doors.

The large Walsworth booth at the center of the floor greeted guests with cover artist design sessions for yearbook staffs, the Idea Lounge area for yearbook browsing, and of course, the Whamboozal game, which once again drew in large crowds of students.

Even the cold, rainy weather that hit Kansas City on Friday didn’t dampen the spirits. Whether it was Whamboozal, or the fake mustaches being handed out at the Ball State University J-school booth, fun was the theme of the show floor.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.