Some of the nation’s top student journalists and their college advisers will invade San Diego this weekend to hone their skills and hear from top professionals, including the public editor of The New York Times.

The 30th annual national convention of Associated Collegiate Press began Thursday and lasts through Sunday at the Catamaran Resort.

Associated Collegiate Press national convention in San Diego was Feb. 27-March 2, 2014.

“Some attendees are maximizing the benefits of being here by signing up for half and full-day short courses that range from a core skills tune-up to building and leading a multimedia newsroom to shooting, editing and conveying a news story with a smartphone,” said Diana Mitsu Klos, executive director of the ACP.

“A wide range of sessions focusing on multimedia student news organizations that distribute on paper and/or digital and online platforms, broadcast journalism, yearbooks and magazines are certain to pique your interest. Have an informal discussion and get constructive feedback about your skills and
aspirations during ‘Break With a Pro.’”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dori J. Maynard, president of the Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
  • Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times.
  • Nicholas Whitaker of Google’s media outreach lead. (Google is among the convention’s sponsors.)
  • And Robert Hernandez of the University of Southern California, a self-described “mad scientist” of journalism.

In a Wednesday post headlined “‘Journalism Oracle’? What Was I thinking?” Sullivan wrote:

I realize now that I may have overpromised. When asked recently to suggest a topic for a speech I will give on Friday to several hundred college journalists at their annual convention, I went with something snappy sounding. My talk is called “Journalism 2020: A Forecast and Guide to the Years Ahead for Young Journalists.”

The problem with that, of course, is that no one really knows what journalism will look like in 2020. The pace of change is fast, and it’s accelerating.

The meeting ends Sunday morning with workshops, a keynote speaker and a “high energy Best of Show awards ceremony – with enough time to get home and be back in class on Monday,” Klos said.