Scholastic Journalism Organizations
One of our main missions is to serve the journalism students in the St. Louis area by hosting a journalism conference every spring, usually at a local university. This conference brings local journalism students together for on-site competitions, swap shops and sessions with local media officials and teachers. We host an annual contest where yearbooks and newspapers are evaluated by out-of-state judges, and we give out thousands of dollars in scholarships for summer journalism workshops.
Contact Person: Erin Moeckel, President
The Alabama Scholastic Press Association, sponsored by The University of Alabama, seeks to empower high school newspaper, yearbook, newsmagazine, literary magazine and broadcast staffs around Alabama.
Contact Person: Melissa Dixon, President
Address: The University of Alabama, Alabama Scholastic Press Association Box 870172
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172
Phone: (205) 348-2772
The Arizona Interscholastic Press Association supports middle school and high school journalism programs (including newspaper, yearbook, web, broadcast, literary magazine) across the state.
Contact Person: Allen Loibner, Director
Address: 3000 West Scenic Drive Little Rock AR 72118
The Colorado High School Press Association seeks to raise the quality of student media by offering support to program advisers and providing learning opportunities for students. CHSPA was founded in 1970.
Contact Person: Jack Kennedy, Executive Director
Address: 9253 Sori Lane, Highlands Ranch CO 80126
Connecticut Academic Press Association (CAPA)
The Connecticut Academic Press Association is affiliated with the Journalism Educators Association. Its members are committed to the instruction of journalism and media in our public and private schools. Every fall CAPA runs, in conjunction with Norwalk Community College, the Fall Journalism Symposium.
Contact Person: Robert Karl, President
Address: Norwalk High School 55 County St. Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: (203) 838-4481
The Connecticut Academic Press Association is affiliated with the Journalism Educators Association.
Its members are committed to the instruction of journalism and media in our public and private schools. Every fall CAPA runs, in conjunction with Norwalk Community College, the Fall Journalism Symposium.
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The FSPA is Florida’s leading advocate for journalism and publications at the middle school and high school levels. It is housed at the University of Florida.
Contact Person: Wayne Garcia, Executive Director
Address: PO Box 118400, Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
The Garden State Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit organization providing resources for advisers of school publications, broadcast news programs and online news sites. We also serve student journalists in New Jersey’s high schools and middle schools.The GSSPA offers scholarships and an online home for students. We offer contests and critiques for both newspapers and yearbooks, conferences and workshops for students and advisers, and much more.
Contact Person: Bill Allen, President
Address: 78 Lincoln Street Jersey City, NJ 07307
The Georgia Scholastic Press Association assists Georgia high school media programs and students by encouraging their production of quality publications and broadcast programs through instruction and contests.GSPA was organized in 1928 by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia, which has continued to direct its activities, providing information through the newsletter and instruction through convention sessions, critiques, speakers upon request and fall workshop sessions. Individual student-produced publications or broadcast programs join GSPA at the beginning of the school year.
Contact Person: Joe Dennis, Director
Address: GSPA Grady College / UGA 120 Hooper Street, Athens, GA 30602-3018
The purpose of the Idaho Student Journalism Association is to develop cordial, professional relations; facilitate exchanges of ideas among advisers and journalism teachers of the state; provide teaching aids and helpful information in the teaching of journalism; award the achievement of its members, and promote and carry out conferences, workshops, information programs and activities.
IJEA, founded in 1988, is recognized as the state organization in Illinois that serves to assist scholastic journalism teachers and media advisers in promoting high standards in scholastic media and to elevate the status of scholastic media programs in secondary schools across the state.
Contact Person: Sarah Doerner, President
Contact Person: Lynn Holley, Academic Programs Coordinator
The Indiana High School Press Association was founded in 1922 by two Franklin College students who wanted to help high school students produce high school publications.The organization continues to provide resources for high school publication advisers and students in addition to signature events including a convention at Franklin College each October and a First Amendment Symposium at the Indiana Statehouse each March. IHSPA core values are: Truth, Freedom, Courage and Integrity.
Contact Person: Diana Hadley, Director
Address: 101 Branigin Blvd. Franklin, IN 46131
Contact Person: Paul Jensen, Executive Director
Address: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Iowa
E-346B Adler Journalism Building Iowa City, Iowa 52242
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit organization composed of Kansas scholastic journalism students and their teachers. The organization is committed to excellence in journalism at all levels and views its focus as one of providing journalism education leadership for Kansas teachers and students. The KSPA provides a support system through its contests, conferences and scheduled activities.
Contact Person: Jim McCrossen, President
KHSJA was formed in 1997 by the Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors.For some 15 years prior to 1997, Kentucky high schools had no statewide association for students interested in the communications industry — high school newspapers, yearbooks, Internet, radio and TV. The Kentucky High School Journalism Association brings together students and advisers from high schools across Kentucky with news media professionals and university personnel.
Contact Person: David Greer, Administrator
Address: 101 Consumer Lane Frankfort, KY 40601
The Maryland-District of Columbia Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit association that offers opportunities for advisers and students who wish to continue a tradition of journalistic excellence in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area. MDCSPA has a strong interest in scholastic free press issues, in supporting the rejuvenation of defunct journalism programs, in encouraging the creation of new programs, and in strengthening existing programs at area middle and high schools. Membership is free and available to all teachers and student staffs.
Contact Person: Tim Hibberd, Co-President
Address: Maryland-District of Columbia Scholastic Press Association P.O. Box 418 Mount Airy, MD 21771
Founded in 1921 and housed in the Michigan State University School of Journalism, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association is a nonprofit organization composed of scholastic journalism teachers and publications advisers and their students. MIPA is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in scholastic journalism at all levels through education, training and support of student journalists and their advisers.
Contact Person: Jeremy Steele, Executive Director
Address: Michigan State University School of Journalism, 404 Wilson Road, Room 305, East Lansing, MI 48824
One of the Minnesota High School Press Associations’s (MHSPA) goals is to provide students with the tools they need to become better journalists; educational programs taught by journalism experts are a way to meet that goal.
The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association exists to support, promote and nurture journalism in a high school setting through workshops, competitions, conventions and online aids and advice. Membership is open to any Mississippi school that has a newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, online publication, broadcast and/or journalism class.
Contact Person: Beth Fitts, Director
The MIPA was founded on May 5, 1923 to support and promote excellence in high school journalism in Missouri. We coordinate contests throughout the year which offer high school journalists professional critiques of their work, culminating in Journalism Awards Day each April. We also host the Summer Media Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism which offers in-depth study of editorial leadership, broadcast, photography, print and design for high school journalism students and advisers.
Contact Person: Sonja Erikson, Administrative Assistant & MIPA Treasurer
Address: Missouri School of Journalism, 132 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211-1200
Contact Person: Mary Kay Quinlan
Address: University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications 232 Andersen Hall – UNL Lincoln, NE 68588-0474
NCSMA is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in scholastic journalism and encourages respect for freedom of the press. NCSMA also promotes professional growth of journalism advisers and speaks for scholastic media in matters of curriculum and instruction that affect journalism education in North Carolina.
Contact Person: Monica Hill, Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication
CB#3365, 284 Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365
Ohio Scholastic Media Association formed in 2007 when representatives of three previous regional organizations headquartered at state universities joined to create one larger group that could have more impact. Now, the organization has five regions – each corner of the state the central part – that have fall workshops, a two-day state convention, with on-site contests and an awards banqeut for the pre-entered individual competitions and overall media critiques is held in the spring.
Contact Person: Candace Perkins Bowen, Director
Address: 201B Franklin Hall, School of JMC, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242
Contact Person: Kathryn White, Executive Director
Address: 395 W. Lindsey, Room 2545 Norman, OK 73019
The Oregon Journalism Education Association is the state chapter of the national Journalism Education Association. It is a professional association of journalism educators in the state of Oregon.
The mission of Pennsylvania School Press Association is to promote excellence and responsibility in scholastic journalism through developing students who possess sound journalism skills, demonstrate ethical decision making and recognize, uphold, and advocate First Amendment rights through responsible citizenship and informed media consumption.
Contact Person: Robert Hankes, President
Address: P.O. Box 1092 Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 226-8646
More than 1,500 scholastic journalists and publication advisers annually attend SCSPA offerings. The annual fall conference continues to draw more than 600 participants; the spring conference draws nearly 500 each April. Hundreds of students and advisers also regularly attend other workshops that highlight design and journalistic writing and InDesign, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro software.
Contact Person: Karen Flowers, Director
Address: University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Columbia, SC 29208
THSPA exists to: provide a forum for students who are interested in journalism, offer opportunities to network with other members of the association, emphasize journalistic writing and coverage in student publications, maintain the student press as an instrument published by students, for students, conduct contests and workshops to encourage greater efforts from students and advisers to produce quality publications and reward and promote excellence in high school student publications.
Contact Person: Dr. Jimmy McCollum, Director
Address: One University Park Drive, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 37204-3951
Phone: (615) 966-5607
The Texas Association of Journalism Educators is an organization for teachers of journalism, photojournalism, newspaper, yearbook and broadcast in Texas. We host the Fall Fiesta in October of each year in San Antonio and offer assistance to our members and their students in numerous ways.
Contact Person: Cindy Berry, President
Address: PO Box 9187 Austin, TX 78766
The Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers (VAJTA) is a state affiliate of the Journalism Education Association (JEA). VAJTA is a professional organization of journalism teachers and advisers committed to the highest standards of excellence in journalism. Its purpose is to act as a continuing resource for beginning and experienced teachers/advisers, to provide information and training opportunities, to serve as a vehicle for communication between VAJTA and other groups, and to act as an advocate for scholastic journalism.
Several organizations are devoted to scholastic journalism, but our particular emphasis is the support of journalism teachers and advisers in the state of Washington. Consistent with the mission of our parent national organization, JEA, “We support free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.”
Contact Person: Chris Grasseschi, President
Phone: (307) 758-4412
Scholastic press association open to all newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines in high schools and middle schools in New York. We also offer a 5-day summer journalism workshop for students in July called The SchoolPress Institute.
Contact Person: Sherri Taylor, Director
Address: 513 Newhouse One, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-2100
ILPC is the scholastic press organization for Texas. We host contests for middle and high school newspapers (both print and online), yearbooks and broadcast programs. We also host a convention every spring and an intense 4-day summer workshop at the University of Texas at Austin.
Contact Person: Jeanne Acton, Director
Address: 1701 Manor Road, Austin TX 78722
The Journalism Education Association of Northern California, a non-profit organization headquartered in Sacramento, CA, is committed to serving scholastic journalism educators and their students. It covers the territory from Bakersfield and Santa Barbara to the Oregon border.
Contact Person: Michelle Balmeo
Address: JEANC c/o CNPA, 2000 O St., Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95811
The Kettle Moraine Press Association is dedicated to the support of scholastic journalism in Wisconsin and Illinois schools. We support both students and advisers through conferences, workshops, competitions and scholarships. Our members are student publications –newspapers (print and/or online), yearbooks, literary magazines – and individuals interested in our work – retired advisers, members of the professional press, yearbook representatives, and others.
Address: Kettle Moraine Press Association Continuing Education Services, Roseman 2005 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (800) 622-0350
The New England Scholastic Press Association aims to foster excellence in scholastic journalism. The association supports the interests of students and teachers in the student press in the New England states and fosters a closer relationship among students and advisers interested and engaged in student journalism. NESPA offers a fall workshop, a contest on localizing, annual publication and productions contests, an annual conference and a summer workshop: How to Advise a Scholastic News Publication.
Contact Person: Helen F. Smith, Executive Director
Address: College of Communication, Boston University, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. 02215
NEWSPA, based at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, supports high school journalism programs through its annual spring conference and newspaper and yearbook contests. It also brings together students and media professionals for a day of learning and sharing at the annual conference. In addition, it provides online teacher lesson plans for member schools that help teachers, both new and advanced, adjust to the changing journalism field.
Contact Person: Barbara Benish, Executive Secretary
Address: 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901-8696
The Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association is dedicated to student journalists and advisors in Illinois. Through our conference, we offer an opportunity for students to be recognized in our newspaper and yearbook contests. Professional journalists and experienced advisors offer their expertise during the keynote address and individual breakout sessions.
Contact Person: Dennis Brown, President
Northern Interscholastic Press Association (NIPA)
Contact Person: Jeremy Murphy, Event Coordinator
Address: University of North Dakota 221 Centennial Dr. Stop 7169, Grand Forks, ND 58202
Northwest Scholastic Press provides services to the scholastic journalism community in the Pacific Northwest, including conferences, workshops, contests, critiques, awards and scholarships.
Contact Person: Dr. Karla A. Kennedy, Outreach Coordinator
Address: George Turnbull Center 70 NW Couch St., Third Floor Portland, OR 97209
SCJEA supports and fosters excellence of instruction in educational journalism, including newspapers, yearbooks, mass media, etc.; seeks to improve recognition by educators of journalism’s instructional values; provides direct liaison between professional high-quality information and competition for student journalists; promotes improvement of school publications; and helps to develop cooperation between high school and college instructors of journalism.
Contact Person: Lacey Hatfield, President
Address: 5870 Green Valley Cir. Unit 326 Culver City, CA 90230
SISPA, Southern Illinois School Press Association, helps student journalists and advisers as they publish their schools’ newspapers and yearbooks. Through the support of the SIU Carbondale’s School of Journalism, the organization offers support, critique services, workshops, and much more to high schools and junior highs in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana.
Contact Person: Cathy Wall, Director
Address: Harrisburg High School
333 W. College St., Harrisburg, IL 62946
Phone: 618-253-7637 (ex. 2131)
The Southern Interscholastic Press Association is a not-for-profit organization of public schools, including middle, junior and senior high schools, and independent schools. Its purpose is to encourage a high degree of professionalism in scholastic journalism and mass communications in the Southeast.
Contact Person: Karen Flowers, Director
Address: University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications 600 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C. 29208
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