JACC State Convention

UP NEXT: 2019 in Sacramento

The 2019 State Convention will be held March 28-30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento.

General Information

The board encourage members to share ideas; visit the Board of Directors page for contact information; please use this Google Form.

The annual convention is a three-day event scheduled in late March or early April that brings together students and faculty from member schools across the state for speakers, workshops, contests, meetings and more. Since 2000 the convention has rotated from Sacramento to Southern California in a hotel setting. In past years it was anchored in Fresno in hotel or university settings for many years.

(Update - 19 March 2019)

1. ADDITIONS/SUBSTITUTIONS: Regular registration has closed, but we have decided to waive the late fee for any currently registered college that would like to add students to its delegation. If you need to add a delegate, please email me the name, college affiliation, title, menu choice (regular, vegetarian, vegan) and I will add it in the back end and update your invoice. Although it is too late to delete registrants, you may make substitutions. If you need to do that, please email me the name of the new delegate, and which registrant they are to be substituted for. Please try to do this as soon as possible as we plan to print badges this weekend. You may make substitutions right up until arrival at the convention, but late substitutions may receive handwritten badges at registration.

2. BEHAVIOR/LIABILITY FORMS: Don’t forget to have each member of your delegation sign a Behavior Form and a Liability Form. Advisers will need to turn in both forms for each delegate at registration at the convention March 28. Click on the link from the menu on the right to download this form.

3. EQUIPMENT: Students competing in writing contest will need to bring a laptop to write and a USB drive on which to save the story as a PDF, .docx or text file for judging. Students competing in photo contests will need to bring their own camera equipment as well as the means to transfer a caption-embedded photo to a JACC computer for judging. Photographers may prepare their photos on their own laptop, or on one of the limited number of JACC computers in a small photo lab onsite. Students competing in Team Feature Retro (a story and still photo package) or Team Video Story must have their own laptops with appropriate word, photo and video software to prepare their entries. Students competing in layout and cartoon contests should bring their own rulers, proportion wheels, pens, pencils, erasers and paper. Layout dummies will be provided for the layout contest, and finalists will use the photo lab computers to create their final pages in InDesign.
4. SCHEDULE: The tentative schedule will be released sometime this week on Sched. In general, the formal program begins with the opening and keynote at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 and ends after the On-the-Spot Awards Banquet about 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30.There will also be photo/video orientations just prior to the opening and keynote about 5 p.m. There will be contests and workshops Thursday evening after the keynote, contests and workshops all day Friday, Publication Awards Friday evening, and workshops and meetings Saturday. More details to come on Sched soon.
5. FOOD: In addition to the Awards Banquet Saturday evening, breakfast is included both Friday and Saturday for everyone. There will be a faculty lunch Saturday, and light snacks in the student and faculty lounges


Contact JACC Convention Co-Chairs Judy House OR Cindy McGrath.

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